Upcoming shows

Date Wednesday October 11th 7:30 PM
Show Louisbourg Crossroads
Venue Louisbourg Playhouse
Date Thursday October 12th 7:30 PM
Show Bridge Over the Atlantic
Venue Cape Breton Highlands Academy
Date Friday October 13th 7:30 PM
Show Big Ceilidh at the Big Fiddle
Venue Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion
Date Saturday October 14th 7:30 PM
Show The Grand Finale
Venue Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Ímar

Scotland

Glasgow’s hottest new folk property, the Irish and Manx flavoured quintet Ímar, has created more than a bit of a stir in little over a year since their formation. With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 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 Murphy actually hails from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, whilst Amini is a Glasgow native, and Brown originally from Suffolk – and it is these foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material. Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, however, 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, clearly potent, kinship endures between their musical traditions.