Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl ’s Craic 2017
Saturday 21 January 2017, CCA, 350 Sràid Sauchiehall
Ceòl ‘s Craic joined forces with Gaels le Chèile and Celtic Connections to present our annual celebration of the shared Gaelic culture of Scotland and Ireland.
The evening’s entertainment began with a short set from Glè, a young six piece group mentored by Ceòl ’s Craic regular Maeve Mackinnon making their third appearance at Gaels Le Chèile.
Róisín Chambers is a celebrated Dublin born, Glasgow based sean-nós singer who has grown up immersed in Gaeilge culture. Though Róisín considers herself truly to be a Dublin style sean-nós performer her setlist featured songs from throughout the Gaeilge speaking areas of Ireland and included both ancient and more contemporary pieces. For the finale of her performance she was joined by Ceoltóirí na Gaeilge (Gaelic League Singers).
Causeway Trio brought a unique take to Scottish traditional music with influences including minimalism, jazz, Brazilian and Eastern European music. Pàdruig Morrison (accordion), Pete Thornton (guitar) and David Swan (piano) displayed breathtaking musicianship but the band’s strength lies as much in their talent for creating innovative and sympathetic arrangements as in their technical brilliance. It came as no surprise when the trio were nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, 2016.
Las (meaning ignite) are an exciting new band featuring leading players from the contemporary Celtic music scene. They were an ideal headline act for Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl ‘s Craic as their mission is to explore Scotland & Ireland’s shared cultural links through dance, music and Gàidhlig / Gaeilge song. These gifted performers were equally adept handling pyrotechnic jigs and reels, polkas, strathspeys, slow airs and Puirt-à-beul but they proved unique in their innovative blend of Scottish step dance and Irish sean-nós dancing. Their set culminated in a fast and furious exhibition of Irish broom dancing featuring two dancers and a pair of household sweeping brushes! Las have only been performing together for a short time but their onstage chemistry and exhilarating blend of music and dance will surely see them establish an enthusiastic following.
Las are: Joy Dunlop, Edel Ní Churraoin, Gràinne Brady, Suzanne Houston and Catherine Nì Shuilleabhàin.
M.C s Catrìona MacPhee Scullion and Alison Ní Dhorchaid brought proceedings to a close thanking our artists and audience for providing Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl ‘s Craic with yet another sold out event.