Imar

Imar

Dolans Warehouse - Limerick, V94 PD79, Ireland

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners, Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar stand out from the crowd - by
taking things back to basics.
With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, Mec Lir, RURA, and Talisk and a heavyweight
collective haul of top prizes – including a the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Musician Of The Year, 2016 BBC
Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year, BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, 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.
The band’s unmistakable synergy 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
kinship endures between their musical traditions.
"energy that’s seemingly bursting to let loose" - The Herald "exceptional" - The Living Tradition
"Genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity" **** The Scotsman

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