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Featured Artist: Daimh
A seventh superb album from supergroup Daimh.

Their first studio recording in five years, The Rough Bounds is released exactly 20 years on from their first ever concert.

Translated from the Gaelic Na Garbh Chriochan, The Rough Bounds is the area of West Lochaber where Dàimh was formed.

Still based in the area, the band's roots remain firmly tied to the region by the enduring connections of the three remaining founding members.

Angus MacKenzie( highland pipes /border pipes /whistles), Ellen MacDonald (gaelic song), Gabe McVarish (fiddles), Murdo Cameron (accordion, mandola), Ross Martin (guitars), Alasdair White (fiddles).

Guest Musicians: Martin O'Neill [bodhran 1,2,9], Duncan Lyall [double bass 3,8,10], Signy Jakobsdottir [percussion 3,10], Kathleen MacInnes [backing vocals 3,10], Calum Alex MacMillan [backing vocals 10], Ewen Henderson [backing vocals 3,10].

"The Rough Bounds is filled with Daimh's typically rich, skilful arrangements. Those arrangements are never over-worked, though – they are as varied and, at times, as breath-taking as the corner of Gaeldom that is the band's home, and from which the album takes its name. From the Gaelic Na Garbh Chrìochan, The Rough Bounds covers the North Morar and Moidart peninsulas. It's an area of wild country, steeped in history. 20 years into their own history, Daimh's reputation as writers and interpreters of traditional Gaelic music, for a contemporary audience, goes from strength to strength. With each successive release, Daimh seem to exceed their aspirations, creating and recording peerless new music. The Rough Bounds is an exceptional album, from an exceptional band." Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio.

"There's always a strong involvement with an album from Daimh – the inspired musicianship, the haunting vocals, the mix of tradition with innovation – and 'The Rough Bounds' is no exception. Taking its title from the area of West Lochaber where Daimh started and where legend and history combine to create a land rich in music and stories, that's what you get with THE-ROUGH BOUNDS ALBUM COVER this album, a richness of music and narrative blending finely arranged tradition with carefully crafted originals to deliver a wide-ranging variety of focuses from drinking and fighting, to heartbreak and vanishing at sea." Charlie Elland, Folk Words.
Upcoming dates:
27th Jul 2018 - 29th Jul 2018 - Nuremberg Bardentreffen, Nürnberg
The latest release from Scots singer and fiddle player Lori Watson.

This album is inspired by the Yarrow Valley near her home in the Scottish Borders and Lori skilfully intertwines poetry and traditional songs presented in striking contemporary arrangements.

This project supported by Creative Scotland.

Lori Watson (vocals, fiddle), Duncan Lyall (keys, harmonium, double bass), Steven Byrnes (guitar, bass drum), Fiona Black (accordion).

"Yarrow has left an impression on artists and their poetry, music and art over the centuries and has become an inspirational place for me. History, folklore, landscape, our connection to nature and how we use natural imagery to express and understand our experiences: this collection began as an evolving digital album of monthly releases, each crafted in its own time, exploring the Yarrow valley in the Scottish Borders." Lori Watson.

"Watson stitches poetry and traditional songs from the Scottish Borders with her own melodies and visceral, multilayered arrangements." Jude Rogers.

"Yarrow Acoustic Sessions is an album that matches all that you would ever hope for from a woman of such repute and intrigue, a piece of natural glory in which to take your time over and reflect within." Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision.

"Yarrow Acoustic Sessions is the latest release from Scots singer and fiddle player Lori Watson. Inspired by the Yarrow Valley near her home in the Scottish Borders, Watson weaves together traditional tales and ballads with a bold contemporary artistic vision to create striking and unforgettable interpretations of much loved Scottish classics." Mischa Macpherson, Folk Radio.
A fifth album from high-energy Irish band Beoga, who hail from Country Antrim in Northern Ireland.

Confirming their reputation for innovation, all seven instrumentals on the album are original compositions from the band.

Eamon Murray (bodhran, percussion, Liam Bradley (piano, keys), Sean Og Graham (button accordion, guitar, backing vocals), Damian McKee (button accordion), Niamh Dunne (fiddle , vocals).

Guest musicians: Conor McCreanor (double bass, electric bass), Stephen McCartney (backing vocals), Rachel Coulter (backing tracks).

Arco String Quartet: Clare Hadwen (violin), Kathleen Gillespie (violin), Richard Hadwen (viola), Nikolin Sokol Koka (cello).

"The best new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century." Wall Street Journal.

"Top-drawer… some of the best music in the world today." Irish Music Magazine.

"One of the reasons this album is such a joy is that you can hear them keeping up the traditional line, but adding mischievous lines of chords and bass and stunning bodhrán rhythms. If you have a taste for ceili music, you will hear it... This album is fun, furious and fast changing in pace, and is a brilliant, shining example of how inventive and passionate musicianship makes traditional music live forever!" Annemarie de Bie, Living Tradition.
  • Sat Jul 14 - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
  • Tues Aug 14 -Fleadh Concert Dome, Drogheda, 19, Ireland
  • Thu Sep 20 - Empire Music Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Sat Sep 22 - Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
  • Sun Sep 23 - Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland.
  • Thu Sep 27 - Grand Social, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Fri Sep 28 - Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
  • Sat Sep 29 - Live At St Luke's, Cork, County Cork, Ireland
  • Tue Oct 9 - Night & Day, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Wed Oct 10 - Broadcast, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Fri Oct 12 - Omeara, London, United Kingdom
 view a video of Beoga

Date: 15-17th June

Event location : McLaren Hall, Killin Pertshire FK21 8UW

Returning for its third year, Killin Music Festival features bands and artists throughout the village over the festival weekend.

Acts this year include Blazin' Fiddles and Niteworks on the Friday, Peatbog Faeries, MecLir and HoRo on the Saturday and a seated concert with Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain on the Sunday.

For more information and latest Festival news


Tour Dates:
  • Jun 14 - McAullife's Pub - Racine, WI
  • Jun 15 - Oshkosh Irish Fest, Oshkosh, WI
  • Jun 16 - Oshkosh Irish Fest, Oshkosh, WI
  • Jun 17 - Peg Egan Sunset Harbour Concert Series, Egg Harbor, WI
  • Jun 23 - Beardy Folk Festival, Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom
  • Jul 01 - Milngavie Town Hall, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Jul 06 - Feis In The Fank, Stoer, United Kingdom
  • Jul 07 - Moonbeams, Hunmanby, United Kingdom
  • Aug 04 - Folk Am Nekcar, Neckarelz, Germany
  • Aug 14 - Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn, NY
  • Aug 23 - 25 - Tonder Festival, Tonder, Denmark
  • Aug 26 - 27  Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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