Gaels Le Chéile

20 January 2018, CCA


Once again 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.

Our first act of the evening was Trip, a phenomenally talented six-piece band featuring students from Glasgow Conservatoire’s Traditional Music Course. The members come from Scotland, Ireland, England and the Isle of Man and combine influences from each of those regions. All are accomplished players but it is their innovative and exciting musical arrangements that set them apart. Their set combined dynamic jigs and reels with atmospheric Gaelic ballads.

Kim Carnie is a young singer and songwriter from Oban, who was a brilliant last-minute substitute for Mischa Macpherson who was forced to cancel due to illness. She was joined for this performance by regular collaborators Innes White on guitar and Euan Burton on double bass. Kim delighted the crowd with a combination of traditional Gaelic songs and original material. Highlights included the heartbreaking Irish Gaelic ballad ‘Crucán na bPáiste’ and her own composition ‘My Prayer’.

Dublin five-piece IMLÉ joined us to make their first ever Scottish appearance. Their unique fusion of poetry, rap, rock, trip hop and traditional music was all delivered in Irish Gaeilge. The band’s newest recruit, vocalist Ríona Sally Hartman joined singer/guitarist Fergal Moloney and MC Muipéad to provide an exhilarating blend of song and spoken word while the rhythm section of Cian Mac Cárthaigh on bass and drummer Dave Keegan provided a rock-solid musical foundation.

Our thanks go to MCs Alana MacInnes and Evin Downey for their skilful hosting of the evening, introducing the acts in Gaelic, Gaeilge and English and helping to make another sell-out Gaels Le Cheile @ Ceòl ’s Craic such a success.

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