Community Concert: Ímar
Tue, March 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 19th
Ímar – Trad Power Quintet from Glasgow
Sylvia Center for the Arts – Lucas Hicks Theater
Doors at 6:30pm, Music at 7pm
General $20, Students and Seniors $15
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.
“Energy that’s seemingly bursting to let loose” — The Herald
With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk 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 Traditional Musician of the Year, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, 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.
“Exceptional” — The Living Tradition
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, 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, clearly potent, kinship endures between their musical traditions.
“Genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity” — The Scotsman