Ímar perform a live set for Hands Up for Trad Music Club live straight to your living room!
This is a live concert on Saturday 28th September at 8pm that will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after. This gig is part of Hands Up for Trad's St Andrew's Weekend. If you like to buy a ticket for all the events click here.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners, Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar stand out from the crowd - by taking things back to basics.
With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, Talisk, RURA and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Musician Of The Year, 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, BBC 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.
The band’s unmistakable synergy centers 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 kinship endures between their musical traditions.
"energy that’s seemingly bursting to let loose" - The Herald "exceptional" - The Living Tradition
"Genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity" **** The Scotsman