Ímar

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.

“striking musicianship, artful arrangements and sheer absolute delight”
Songlines

“Genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity supplied frills to burn” (***** five stars)
The Scotsman 

“There’s a potency to the music here that puts Imar in the tradition of great bands such as the Bothy Band and Lunasa, but with a touch of the Isle of Man integrated into the Irish accent..”
“The energy that’s seemingly bursting to let loose is tempered by a variety of instrumental formations and an attention to pacing that showcases the tunes’ melodic strength, and even when the floodgates open the effect is all the more exhilarating for the underlying control and musicality.”
The Herald

“The superb quality of the musicianship here is beyond question. What makes Ímar exceptional is their ability to combine old and new music in an innovative but sympathetic way, the essence of the living traditions of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man”
The Living Tradition

“An excellent debut.”
Fatea

“Totally invigorating and uplifting”
Bright Young Folk

Upcoming Dates

30th Apr, '17 - SHETLAND FOLK FESTIVAL
21st May, '17 - HUDDERSFIELD – Shepley Spring Festival
27th Jun, '17 - CRAICEANN – Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Ireland
21st Jul, '17 - HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL – Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
22nd Jul, '17 - UNDERNEATH THE STARS FESTIVAL
5th Aug, '17 - SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK
6th Aug, '17 - WICKHAM FESTIVAL
25th Aug, '17 - DENMARK – Tønder Festival
26th Aug, '17 - DENMARK – Tønder Festival
8th Sep, '17 - STIRLING – Tolbooth
9th Sep, '17 - LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic Hall
10th Sep, '17 - BROMYARD FOLK FESTIVAL
11th Sep, '17 - LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb

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