Dalriada Connections Concert

The Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery Dalriada Connections Concert

Heritage Centre, Campbeltown (£12.00 incl sponsors miniature) (Doors 1.30pm)

A concert celebrating the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada its music and its Pan Celtic Connections across Europe.  This year featuring acts from Kintyre, Argyll, Northern Ireland and the rest of the Kingdom of Dalriada and beyond giving the concert a proper Pan Celtic spread of music.  Acts already booked are

Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey

Gillian Frame & Tom Oakes

Ciaran Mulholland (N Ireland)

Lorne MacDougall Trio

Rhuvaal – Scooter Muse (USA)

Ross Kennedy – Jamie Kennedy

Dalriada Connections Band

And many more

Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey

Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey

It is a real pleasure to welcome Arty & Nollaig back to headline this years Dalriada Concert having previously performed here in 1995 & 2003.

The legendary fiddle and guitar duo are exemplary musicians across a range of genres including blues, classical, rock, R&B and popular. Don’t miss this chance to catch this duo play a rare performance on Scottish soil.

More information here








Gillian Frame

Gillian Frame makes a welcome return to play at this years MOK Fest.

Gillian has released her new album Pendulam and has promised to give us a selection of tracks from this. 

Gillian is a professional Scottish fiddle player and educator based in Glasgow, Scotland. As a performer she has worked with many acts and was a founding member of the band Back of the Moon with whom she toured for seven years, seeing them win various accolades including Best Up and Coming Act then Best Folk Band at the Scots Trad Music Awards. During this time she also graduated with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was the MG BBC Alba Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year in 2001.

 She has featured on more than a dozen albums and worked as a session musician with acts such as The Unusual Supsects, Breabach, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermani, Deaf Shepherd, Mairearad and Anna and Duncan Lyall’s Infinite Reflections.

 Website: http://www.gillianframe.com

Tom Oakes

Tom Oaks

Regarded as one of the UK’s most accomplished and versatile wooden flautists and as a leading DADGAD guitarist and composer.

Edinburgh based Tom Oakes (Bmus) has spent the last decade ploughing many different furrows as an Irish traditional musician, composer, producer, contemporary artist, collaborator, teacher, event organiser and special needs facilitator.

Playing, touring and collaborating with musicians in Australia, India, Morocco, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany and across the UK.

Working with scenes as diverse as Arabic Hip-Hop + Moroccan Gnawa (In Marrakech and Casablanca, contemporary bluegrass (With Laura Cortese and the dance cards), Indian traditional, classical and bhangra music (In residency in Mumbai) Scandinavian traditional music and jazz (across Scandinavia**) and on projects with the Northern Sinfonia, Mc Fall’s Chamber (Featuring Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and RSNO) and the pan-global Solaris String Quartet (In the UK)

His flute playing has led to him being principle traditional flute tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and for final year students at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (Where he graduated in 2005). He is co-director of the Great Scottish Flute Night and director of ‘Winter Trad’. The latter a weekend of music and teaching based around his duo with Shetland fiddle star Ross Couper.

 Web Site: http://www.tomoakesmusic.co.uk/



Coming from a musical family Ciarán started playing the fiddle from about the age of 11, having found an old 3/4 size fiddle under a bed in his grandmother’s house in Belfast.  In 1990, Ciarán was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award.  This was a great experience to meet other young musicians including Damien Barber from Norfolk, Ingrid Henderson from Scotland and Pauline Cato from Northumberland.

Ciarán has been a regular Fleadh finalist, at county, provincial and All-Ireland level, both in slow air competitions as well as senior fiddle competitions.  He has been Ulster champion several times. He has been a member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for many years, and has performed in concerts and provided workshops across the island of Ireland, as well as festivals such as Speyfest and The Jura Music Festival.

Ciarán also teaches fiddle music to learners at the Comhaltas classes in Glenariffe in the Glens of County Antrim. These learners range from absolute beginners to intermediate players with a range of ages from primary school age right up to senior citizens.         Ciarán is the regular fiddle player for Haste to the Wedding ceilidh band, playing both Scottish and Irish music for ceilidh dances all over Ireland and further afield.

More recently, Ciarán composed and performed the music for “All for the Dead Man’s Penny”, written by author Liz Weir (www.lizweir.net) and commissioned for Festival at the Edge (www.festivalattheedge.org).  The music for this story is heavily influenced by the music of Ulster, particularly Donegal, Derry and Antrim.

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Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary bagpipers and musicians.  He is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into television and film scores with credits ranging from “Brave” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, to “Doctor Who”, “Thunderbirds” and “Whisky Galore” as well as many exciting Scottish and Gaelic projects. His musical talents have brought the attention of luminaries such as Academy Award Nominated composer John Powell describing him as being “clearly a hybrid who really does understand the rest of the musical world from the point of view of a being a piper”.Recently described as “...a great musical tour de force, placing that ancient instrument and it’ s music firmly into the 2nd decade of the 21st century” – Lorne is one of Scotland leading innovative traditional musicians.  Recent times have seen him achieve a 2012 MG Alba Scots Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year Nomination and previously placed 3 times in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final.  He has an Honours Degree in Scottish Music specialising in Bagpipes.As a recording artist he has recorded alongside a wide range of artists from Scottish legends Billy Connoly and BA Robertson as well as more recent stars like Susan Boyle and John Barrowman. More global appearances include representing Scotland in Disney’s “It’s a Small World World” for it’s 50th Anniversary video for Disney World. In 2017 he appeared in D Imman’s soundtrack of the successful Tamil action film “Bogan” in the song “Senthoora” reaching over one million YouTube views in just days.His career has covered the wide spectrum of Scottish music from touring the USA and Europe with the established world renouned, pioneering traditional folk band The Tannahill Weavers to co-producing and performing all releases from the masters of modern bagrock, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, being a driving force behind their music from inception. He produced one of their most successful pieces to date with “343 The Fallen” – a single released to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the USA.As a composer his tunes have been recorded by some of the folk scene’s greatest artists as well as taken on board as the theme tune to Sky Sports’ SPL Football coverage. After releasing his highly acclaimed debut album “Hello World” in 2010 he is currently working on a follow up this year – “Square One”.

RHUVAAL make their debut at this years Dalriada Connections Concert having played at the Young Folk Night in previous years.

They are now making quite a name for themselves playing at the Campbeltown Malt Fest supporting Skipnnish at a charity concert in the Victoria Hall, performing with Trail West and Heron Valley at Carradale Village Hall and playing at this years Gig at the Goil.

Web sit: http://rhuvaalband.weebly.com/


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Scooter is well known to Campbeltown audiences having supported Dougie McLean in 2007 with Archie McAllister and Ed Miller as well as regular appearances on every stage for the past few years.

Although Scooter Muse has his roots in Bluegrass and is quite an accomplished 5-string banjo player, in the early 1980s he moved into the world of Celtic guitar and not long after founding the Shoals based Celtic band, The Full Moon Ensemble, performing for 8 years across the US and at the MOK Fest  before joining Henri’s Notions in 2003. In 2005 Scooter released his first solo recording of original guitar instrumentals, Saddell Abbey, which he is proud to say was purchased by the Scottish Tourist Board in Kintyre. The Saddell Abbey Trust of Scotland calls the recording, “…a haunting and beautiful piece of music.”

In 2010, Scooter & Jil Chambless began performing as a duo to pro-mote their individual solo projects, playing a variety of venues from small house concerts to major Celtic festivals and Highland Games.

May 2011 marked the release of their first duo CD, The Laverock Sang, consisting of 12 great tracks of both traditional and contemporary Celtic songs and tunes.  The duo then released their second CD Passing Tales and Glories’ in 2014 with Local piper Lorne MacDougall accompanied them on some of the tracks which included local songs including Harbour Wall by the late Kenneth Gilchrist and ‘Peter’s Song’ / ‘Corphin Glen’ by Alex McAlister and David Robertson.  In March this year the duo released their third CD, The Lang Awa’ Ships.

Scooter’s website http://scootermuse.com/

ROSS KENNEDY has been a professional folk musician for over 25 years as a singer, guitar and fiddle player, who lives locally in Campbeltown and performed with Canterach at last years concert.  He has toured, recorded and played with Scottish legends The Tannahill Weavers and was also the founding member of great bands such as The Iron Horse, The Jura Ceilidh Band,  Canterach and hoots heppnin.  Ross also had a very successful and long association with fiddler Archie McAllister, and has gone on to play in many other duos and trios in his long and varied career. He now devotes his time to the exciting pipes, fiddle and song group Canterach.  Ross has a strong, melodic singing voice coupled with a powerful and sensitive guitar accompaniment and is one of the select band of folk musicians who have successfully translated the traditional tunes of the fiddle and pipes to the acoustic guitar.  He also enjoys playing bouzouki and mandolin and occasionally dabbles with the fiddle. He has taught Celtic flatpicking guitar at home and abroad and has produced/played on over 40 studio albums with many acclaimed musicians from the traditional music world.  Last year Ross recorded his first solo CD “Scottish Voice And Acoustic Guitar” on Greentrax Records
Website http://www.myspace.com/rosscampbellkennedy & http://www.wedding-music-scotland.com/singers/rosskennedy.html

DALRIADA CONNECTIONS BAND, This unique band comes together each year under the name of the Dalriada Connections Band, consisting of all the artists who have performed over the course of the concert and more.  Last year’s band finished of the concert to a rousing ovation which ended a truly special concert.















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