Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl ‘s Craic
17 January 2015
Ceól ’s Craic was delighted to collaborate with Gaels Le Chèile and Celtic Connections in our annual celebration of Scottish and Irish Gaelic culture.
The evening’s entertainment began with a surprise performance by Glè, a young five piece vocal group mentored by headliner Maeve Mackinnon.
Lorraine McCauley opened her set with a haunting, unaccompanied version of “She Moved Through The Fair” before being joined onstage by The Borderlands to play tracks from their highly acclaimed debut album “Light In The Darkest Corners”.Lorraine performed two songs in Irish Gaelic especially arranged for this event; the traditional “Molly na gcuach ní chuilleanáin” and “Is tú mo ghrá”, a modern Irish song by Colm Ó Snodaigh.
Next up was Noeleen Ní Cholla, a native Irish speaker from the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair who has been singing Sean-nós and ballads from the age of seven. Her repertoire of traditional Irish and Scottish Gaelic songs and her passionate delivery held the capacity crowd spellbound.
The evening’s headline act was introduced by MCs Linda Nicleód and Alison Ní Dhoirche.
Maeve Mackinnon and Gráinne Holland are award-winning contemporary young Gaelic singers hailing from Scotland and Ireland. For this performance they were joined by two very special guests. Donal O’Connor, fiddle-player extraordinaire, is a founder member of Irish group, At First Light and hails from a rich musical heritage in County Louth. Arisaig guitar ace, Ross Martin, is a founder member of the Scottish supergroup Dàimh and tours regularly with world class acts such as Karan Casey and Buille.Their set featured favourites from Maeve and Gráinne’s solo repertoire with Donal and Ross providing dazzling instrumental support.The performers plan to develop this exciting collaboration further and on the evidence of this performance are bound to become a firm favourite on the Gaelic/Gaelige music scene.