Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout North Aermica, Europe, Africa, West Asia and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with
Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout North Aermica, Europe, Africa, West Asia and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo.
In 2014, the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive seven-week tour of Japan and Taiwan and has actively toured the United States since 2001. May 2022 saw the release of the band’s new album on the Gael Linn label, Coiscéim Coliligh, featuring an exciting vocal collaboration between Séamus Begley and Hollywood actor and singer John C. Reilly in addition to the band’s customary energetic take on rare tunes from the tradition.
Séamus Begley is a frqeuent performer with the band. The renowned accordion player and singer from Dingle in the Kerry Gaeltacht has recorded one solo album, The Bold Kerryman, in 2015. Well known for his appearances in duos with Steve Cooney and Jim Murray (with whom he has also recorded albums), Brendan has also played with The Boys of the Lough and The Chieftains.
Glasgow-based five-piece band, Ímar (pictured above) have scored a win the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, Mec Lir, RURA, and Talisk and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year, 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles – the group’s formation embodies a personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene.
Adam Brown (bodhrán), Adam Rhodes (bouzouki), Mohsen Amini (concertina), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes) and Tomás Callister (fiddle) share a strong background in Irish music – although only Ryan Murphy actually hails from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, while Amini is a Glaswegian with Brown originally from Suffolk – and it is these foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material. The band’s unmistakable synergy centres on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language and a similar kinship endures between their musical traditions. I defy anyone to sit still or especially stand still when Ímar are in full flow.
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