August 25, 2024

Dalriada Connections

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Where music and heritage meet.

The Dalriada Connections concert is a highlight of the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, featuring live performances of traditional Scottish, Irish and Pan-Celtic folk music.

Celebrating the cultural and musical links between Kintyre and Northern Ireland, the concert features local musicians from both sides. From haunting ballads to lively jigs and reels, this concert showcases the best of Scotland’s rich musical heritage — one of the festival’s hidden pearls.

Thanks to Kilkerran Distillery for sponsoring the miniatures at this event.

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Event Details

Aug 25, 2024 at 1:30PM
Heritage Centre
The Full Line-up
The Canny Band
The Sarachs
Lorne MacDougall
Scooter Muse (USA)
Ross Conner
Ciaran Mulholland (NI) will MC and perform

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The Canny Band

The Canny Band are a rare fusion of piano, diatonic button accordion and bodhran who were recipient of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music ‘Up and Coming’ award in 2021, leading to a busy summer touring festivals around the UK.

Having several awards under their belt already, they have become stalwarts of Glasgow’s fertile music scene, cooking up an effervescent mix of trad-based material with borrowings from classical, jazz and beyond. The Canny Band are not to be missed!


The Sarachs

The Sarachs are a new iteration of the much-loved Campbeltown band The Wild Sarachs, champions of the infamous Kintyre genre of “turbo-dreich” music. At the heart of the band is the wonderful voice of Anne Leith. Les Oman doubles on guitar and bouzouki, as well as harmony vocals. At the bottom end of the songs, Alex Johnson’s unique double bass sound transforms every song he touches. Their set will be based on the songs of Kintyre, both old and new.

Lorne MacDougall 1

Lorne MacDougall

Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland’s leading innovative traditional musicians performing on a range of bagpipes and whistles. Recent times have seen him achieve an MG Alba Scots Trad 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. 

He is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into soundtracks with highlighted credits ranging from movies like Disney Pixar’s Brave, DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon series and one of the mass bagpipers who recorded for the 2021 movie Dune for Hans Zimmer to television shows like Doctor Who and Thunderbirds Are Go. 

Scooter Muse

Scooter Muse

A long time friend of the MOK Fest, Scooter first performed at the main concert in 2002 with his band Full Moon Ensemble,  Scooter who was 7 times Tennessee Valley Blue Grass Champion and 3 times Alabama State Champion on five string banjo has returned many times over the years since then and has performing at most of the festival concerts over the years. 


Ciaran Mulholland

Ciaran Mulholland has been coming over from Northern Ireland to play fiddle and sing as a solo artist and with Ceólta.  Ciaran has been tutor at the MOK Fest Workshops in Campbeltown Grammar School and helped create the MOK Fest links to the Glens of Antrim Comhaltas. 

This year Ciaran will not only perform as he will MC and give us a few stories as well. 


Ross Conner

Over the past years Ross has performed with Ceann Tir at the Traditional Concert supporting Dougie MacLean as well as performing for the past five years at the Dalriada Connections concert as a solo artists and with his 3 piece band.  In 2020 Ross recorded 5 promotional tracks for the Virtual MOK Fest at Kilkerran, Glen Scotia and Beinn an Tuirc Distilleries. 

Ross has now become a regular at the MOK Fest having also performed with the Dalriada Connections Band at the Festival Ceilidh night from the age of 14. 

Photos from past events.


The Dalriada Connection concert’s theme is based on an affinity with the people of Northern Ireland and the historical links to them as the sea kingdom of Dalriada.

The ancient kingdom of Dalriada was a Gaelic kingdom that existed in western Scotland. It encompassed parts of present-day Argyll and Bute, as well as parts of County Antrim in present-day Northern Ireland. The kingdom was known for its rich culture and traditions, including its music and storytelling. The name “Dalriada” comes from the Gaelic words “Dál Riata”, which means “portion of the Riada”. The Riada were a group of people who inhabited the area before the kingdom’s formation.

The first Scots set foot in Kintyre around 300 AD, and evidence of their occupation is still visible today. The Festival motto, “Cradle of the Nation,” reflects the fact that an influential association had previously existed between the two regions.

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