Gaels Le Chéile @ Ceól ’s Craic with Tional
16 January 2016
CCA, Sauchiehall St. Glasgow
Ceòl ‘s Craic joined forces with Gaels le Chèile and Celtic Connections to present a concert celebrating the shared Gaelic culture of Scotland and Ireland.
Gràinne Brady (fiddle) and Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes, flute) are young Irish instrumentalists who have made a huge impression on the Celtic music scene in Glasgow. For this performance they were joined by guitar virtuoso Adam Brown. Their dynamic set featured mostly Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs but included Phil Cunningham’s “The Man Who Shot The Windmill”.
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde is one of Ireland’s leading sean-nós singers regularly touring Europe and America to bring this unique and ancient singing style to new audiences. He has uncovered ancient Gealige texts and combined them with his own melodies to great effect. His unassuming stage presence and entertaining introductions to songs like “Padraig Mac Ruaraidh” charmed the capacity crowd.
Tional are a new ‘Gaelic supergroup’ based on the Isle of Skye with close links to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic college.
Christine Primrose, Arthur Cormack and Billy Ross share vocal duties supported by the instrumental talents of piper Decker Forrest, multi instrumentalist Iain Smith and keyboard / accordion legend Blair Douglas.
Their setlist combined classic traditional Gaelic and Scots songs, airs and Puirt-à-beul with original Blair Douglas compositions.
These highly respected veterans of the Gaelic traditional music scene seem to have been re-invigorated by this new collaboration. The abundant onstage banter suggests the band were enjoying themselves as much as their enthusiastic audience.
M.C s Shona Masson and Alison Ní Dhorchaid brought proceedings to a close thanking all our talented artists and praising the crowd for defying the inclement January snows to provide Gaels Le Chèile @ Ceòl ‘s Craic with yet another sold out event.