23 Nov 17
We are thrilled to announce that we have LAS booked for 2018 supporting Tim Edey at the opening night concert on Friday 6th July 2018 in the Festival Marquee. LAS are Joy Dunlop, Edel Ní Churraoin, Gráinne Brady, Suzanne Fivey and Catherine Ní Shúilleabháin.
LAS - meaning ignite - are an exciting new five piece, featuring leading players from the contemporary Celtic music scene. They explore Scotland & Ireland's shared cultural links through exhilarating dance/music collaborations and songs in both Scottish Gàidhlig and Irish. Featuring an electrifying musical blend of fiddle, button accordion, keyboard, guitar, whistles and shruti box, they combine lively music numbers with beautifully arranged Scottish Gàidhlig/Irish language songs and Scottish stepdance/sean-nós dance routines. Their musical and vocal prowess, combined with an innate understanding of the traditionally rooted core of the music that they perform, makes them a new force worth experiencing.
All five members of LAS are well established performers in their own right and have played at festivals and venues all over the world. As LAS, they have successfully toured both Scotland and Ireland, in addition to performing at Celtic Connections, Scotland and Féile na Gealaí, Ireland. They are also no stranger to television, with their appearance on this year’s Fleadh TV being watched by over 1/4 million viewers. They also featured on the popular TV series Trad ar Fad on BBC NI, with appearances on Seirm (BBC Alba) and Celtic Connections (TG4) scheduled for later this year.
LAS also launched their self-titled debut EP in April 2017 and the recording features their unique take on the traditional arts in Ireland and Scotland; unifying the two traditions and showcasing the music, song and dance that has influenced and shaped their music over the years.
Joy Dunlop - Scotland
Joy Dunlop is a multi-award winning Gaelic singer and Scottish step-dancer. Originally from Connel, Argyll she has performed throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Japan. A Royal National Mòd Gold Medallist, Joy was nominated as ‘Gaelic Singer of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, 2011 and 2010 and won the Fatea ‘Tradition Award’ in 2010. She was also crowned the 2015 Pan Celtic Traditional Singer of the Year and the 2015 Pan Celtic International Dance Champion – the first to ever win both categories.
Edel Ní Churraoin - Ireland
Edel Ní Churraoin grew up immersed in the vibrant Connemara music and dance tradition. She plays the tin whistle, button accordion and piano and is also a sean-nós dancer. Edel has won various dancing and music competitions and is a regular performer all over Ireland. She has also performed at festivals and concerts in France, Luxembourg and America.
Gráinne Brady - Ireland
Gráinne Brady is a fiddle player, composer and events organiser from Co. Cavan, Ireland. Currently based in Glasgow, she is heavily involved in its folk scene, regularly working with some of Scotland’s finest musicians. Aside from LAS, Gráinne plays with Top Floor Taivers (Scots and contemporary song), The Routes Quartet (string quartet ensemble playing folk music) and is also in a duo with pianist Tina Jordan Rees.
Suzanne Fivey - Scotland
Suzanne Fivey is a Glasgow-based pianist, whistle player and singer. She graduated with a 1st class honours in Scottish Music from RSAMD in 2011 and previously attended the National Centre Of Excellence In Traditional Music at Plockton High School for 3 years. 2013 saw the release of her latest solo album "What Will We Play Next?" as well as an album alongside Adam Brown, “Pitch Invasion”.
Catherine Ní Shúilleabháin - Ireland
Born and bred in Rath Cairn, a Gaeltacht area in Co. Meath known for its rich local heritage, guitarist and singer Catherine Ní Shúilleabháin comes from a well known local musical family. She is also a champion sean nòs dancer and has performed throughout Ireland and America to great acclaim.
2018 sees the 5th anniversary of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and we're pulling out all the stops to deliver another outstanding event in Wigtownshire. This year sees us host officially registered Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music who will be performing over the 3 days. We have the bubbly on ice and can't wait to see you all again in Galloway. The tunes last year were just mighty!