The Concerts

As part of the overall Craiceann experience, concerts are staged on two evenings (normally Tuesday and Wednesday) in the theatre of the community centre (the Áras).  We arrange to have one of these concerts given by a high profile and well known traditional band, and the other by a newer group of talented musicians who are breaking into the professional scene.  Normally both bands will include a bodhrán player who will often be a current or past Craiceann teacher. Attendance at these is optional, and the cost, which is not included in the normal course fee, is usually around 20 Euros per concert.
The bands in 2017 are:

Donal Lunny and friends

Donal Lunny needs no introduction: He is an icon in the Irish Traditional Music world over the last thirty years. As a performer, producer, and mentor, he has had a huge influence on the music itself and on those who play and just listen to this powerful part of our Irish culture and heritage. He has been a member of many landmark bands such as Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, and more recently Mozaik. Under his guidance, all of these bands have led significant shifts in style and content, but through all this progress Dónal has remained anchored to the bedrock of our music’s tradition.
It is probably true to say that over many years, nobody has had as much influence in the sphere of Irish music as Dónal Lunny, and we are indeed fortunate that after his successful involvement in Craiceann 2016 he will return to the island in 2017. He is joined by a great selection of musicians: Aimee Farrell-Courtney on bodhrán, Caitlín Nic Gabhann on concertina, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh on fiddle and Niamh Dunne on vocals. Donal, Aimee and Caitlín have joined forces before, mainly for a unique live and televised night of Irish Music in The Royal Albert Hall in London for the first ever State Visit to Britain by the President of Ireland.
This promises to be an great experience for both musicians and listeners.

Ìmar

Glasgow’s hottest new folk property, five-piece Ímar have created more than a bit of a stir in little over a
year since their formation.
Their debut video, unleashed to the world during Celtic Connections 2016, has been viewed in excess of
200,000 times – whilst their touring credits already including the opening set at that year’s Cambridge Folk
Festival (technically, the band’s first billed gig – a plaudit surely amongst as rare as they come) and
headlining a stage at Belgium’s Dranouter Festival just a week later.
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.