TuneFest takes over Dungarvan with concerts, workshops, pub session trails, street busking, album launches and recitals. Headlining Saturday’s programme are Ímar. The Glasgow-based
TuneFest takes over Dungarvan with concerts, workshops, pub session trails, street busking, album launches and recitals.
Headlining Saturday’s programme are Ímar. The Glasgow-based five-piece features current and former members of acclaimed bands, Mànran, Mec Lir, RURA and Talisk, whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes several All-Britain/All-Ireland titles and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Ímar’s formation also embodies a more personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene. All five of them – also including fiddler Tomás Callister and bouzouki ace Adam Rhodes (Mec Lir), both from the Isle of Man, plus Glasgow native Mohsen Amini (Talisk) on concertina – originally met as teenagers through Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
It was via the latter that Ímar’s paths first crossed, as its future members began to amass what’s now a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles between them – while Cork-born uilleann piper, flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy (Mànran) is also a double winner of the prestigious Oireachtas contest. Bringing the tally of accolades up to date, Amini won the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award with Talisk, as well as a Danny Kyle Open Stage Award at the Celtic Connections festival, and is also 2017’s BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and 2018’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year. In 2015 meanwhile, bodhrán player Adam Brown, originally from Suffolk, celebrated RURA’s crowning as Live Act of the Year, at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
Joining the band on the night will be special guest, the Dingle Dancer, David Geaney, a five times world champion Irish dancer, renowned for his creative approach to the presentation of dance.
Doors open from 7.30pm.
Tickets, each costing €20 are available from https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/imar-with-special-guest-david-geaney-tickets-311105092707
(Saturday) 8:00 pm
The Old Bank (The Creamery)
Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford