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Featured Artist: Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is an award-winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne, West Kerry.

She has an exquisitely expressive voice and she is a leading exponent of the sean nós style.

Her repertoire includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources.

Well known and respected as the lead singer and flute player with the Irish traditional supergroup Danu, as well as a performing as a solo artist.

A popular television presenter, Muireann has hosted a range of programmes for Irish and Scottish TV including the celebrated traditional music series Port which she co-presents with Scottish Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis.

Muireann is supported on this stunning album 'Foxglove And Fuschia' by a stellar cast of musicians including Gerry O'Beirne, Donogh Hennessey, Donal O'Connor, Seamus Begley and many more.

This album will be premiering at the Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow, January 2018.
"I just want to make a vocal album with some tunes as well, to reflect where I come from, but I want it to be really honest, simple and reflective of what I do." Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

"I think she is singing more beautifully than ever. Mysterious perfection." Donal Lunny.

"One of the earthiest and most distinctive voices, not just in traditional circles, but anywhere." Siobhan Long, Irish Times.
"Every now and then a singer comes along that manages to distill time and make the listener feel at once rooted and in touch with the essence of the song. Former Danú front woman Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is one such singer."  imro
Tour dates:
  • Sat 20th January – Celtic Connections. Double bill with Julie Fowlis. City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland,
  • Sat 27th January – Scoil Gheimhridh Merriman leis an bhfile Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill,  Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare.
  • Mon 29th January – Féile Imbolc. As part of Folk Bites concert. Culturlann Uí Chanáin, Derry.
  • Tue 30th January – The Sound of Ireland with Na Píobairí Uileann, A concert celebrating UNESCO recognition of Uilleann Piping. The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
  • Wed 14th February – Síbín Orchestra, Neligan’s Pub, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • Sat 17th March – Céilí House progamme, The National Opera House, Wexford. Details TBC

The much anticipated book of Fraser's compositions, featuring £50 Cashback, The C-Side and much more.

30 original compositions for all instruments, melody line and chords and includes 10 pipe settings.

Special thanks to Creative Scotland's Tasgadh fund administered by Fèisean nan Gàidheal for supporting this project.

Contents: Foreword * Contents * An Introduction * Beginnings * Feisean nan Gaidheal.

Reels: Abandon Ship * Get Her Goin * Angus MacKenzie's * Grey Lag * K's * Lesley Shaw's * Numb Nut! * Perspex Ball * Ross And Eilidh's * Slumberland's * Grahame Allison's * The C-Side * The Islay Sessions * Earthship * So Grey! * Octomore.

Jigs: £50 Cashback * Force 10 * The Machrie * Grainne Brady's * Bruichladdich * Give It To Me Straight * Murmuration * Don't Know Yet * Strings And Blowy Things * Split * Three Stages Of Kevin O'Neill.

March and Airs: Grahame Allison's (4/4 March) * Air Chall (Lost), Caoidh Sandy.

Pipe Settings: Get Her Goin * Angus MacKenzie's * Lesley Shaw's * Perspex Ball * Grahame Allison's (reel) * £50 Cashback * Bruichladdich * Strings And Blowy Things * Split * Three Stages Of Kevin O'Neill.

Photographs * Tributes and Stories.

Also available on CD - MacIle: The Music Of Fraser Shaw Fraser Shaw

"The tunes in this collection have a style of their own – a real identity – the hallmark of any great tunesmith. The tunes range from emotive and plaintive to rhythmical and driving, and they will be a joy to play for any instrumentalist. This is a wonderful legacy of Fraser – piper, musician and true gentleman." Fred Morrison.

"His time in this world may have come to an end, but Fraser’s music shall surely endure through this collection and the playing of his tunes, as shall the love that his fellow musicians and peers had for this remarkable young man, taken too early." Arthur Cormack, Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

"His airs are evocative and poignant, his jigs and reels upliftingly melodic and rhythmic. Fraser's spirit lives on in his music – I will never tire of playing and enjoying his brilliant tunes." John Somerville.

"Thank you for the music Fraser Shaw. You blew my mind: one of the most exciting composers of modern Scottish folk music of our generation." – Adam Sutherland.
This unique "session" style live album was recorded in the Nesbitt Family home in County Tipperary, at the foot of the Devil's Bit Mountain.

The album features 19 tracks and chats of live music performed by 3 generations of the Nesbitt Family featuring world renowned celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt.

Mairead Nesbitt has returned to her roots in Co Tipperary, Ireland and created this album involving 13 members of the Nesbitt Family.

The youngest, Lilly is only 10 years old, and spans through to John Nesbitt who is 81 years young.

This was a very special project for these three generations and was a family affair from the content to the art direction. These are tunes that Kathleen and John Nesbitt learned from their parents and taught to their children and grandchildren.

Special guest and long-time family friend Eoghan O'Neill joined on acoustic bass and renowned producer Brian Masterson beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered this unique project produced by Mairead and Karl Nesbitt.
 view a video of The Nesbitt Family Album - Devils Bit Sessions

Brick By Brick features students of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, an acoustic yearbook.

All the material is chosen and arranged by the students themselves.

A broad mix of tunes and songs old and new, including a few original compositions by the students.

The Candidates: Donald Barker - S6, North Kessock (vocals, piano), Rachel Carstairs - S6, Keith (vocals, fiddle, cabasa), Breagha Charlton - S6 Taynuilt (vocals. clarsach), Alasdair Hambrey - S6 Strathpeffer (fiddle, vocals), Iain Hyslop - S6 Avoch (vocals, guitar), Corina MacInnes - S6, Tarbert (clarsach, vocals), Megan MacLeod - S6 Drumbuie (clarsach, vocals), Fergus MacVicar - S6 Grimsay (border pipes, highland pipes, fiddle, whistle , vocals), Ellie McLaren - S6 Braemar (fiddle, vocals), Ewen White -S6 Dingwall (accordion, double bass, bass guitar, vocals), Malin Lewis - S5 Bernisdale (border pipes, highland pipes, fiddle, whistle, vocals), Alasdair MacKenzie - S5 Dingwall (acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, vocals), Steven Stark - S5 Auchtermuchty (accordion, drums, vocals), Tabitha Beavitt - S4 Kildary (fiddle, viola, vocals), Hollie Cook - S4 Banff (fiddle, vocals), James Bauld - S4 Dornoch (flute, whistle, vocals).


Ross Ainslie and the Sanctuary Band with Brighde Chaimbeul - 20th January 2018 - Mitchell Library - 7.30pm

The acclaimed Perthshire piper and multi-instrumentalist Ross Ainslie Music launches his third solo album Sanctuary at Celtic Connections 2018.

This new work 'Sanctuary' is a distillation of his globe-trotting experiences in acts including Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, India Alba and duos with Jarlath Henderson and Ali Hutton.

An all-original, through-composed work, weaving in diverse world-music sounds, it's performed here with album guests Steven Byrnes, Greg Lawson, Hamish Napier Music, James Lindsay and Cormac Byrne.

Also featuring the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Folk Award, when she was just 17, Skye piper Brighde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. While firmly rooted in her native Gaelic culture, her dynamic yet sensitive playing also draws on Bulgarian, Cape Breton and Irish traditions.

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