With their innovative fusion of mercurial tunes, ethereal songs and intricate electronics, INYAL have crafted a sound that owes as much to their traditional roots as it does to the rhythms of modern Scotland. Nominated as ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2017 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, INYAL have garnered a reputation for genre-defying compositions which belong to both Glasgow’s underground scene and its folk tradition. They expertly place reverberating synthesisers alongside deft drumming, melodic arrangements and the captivating Gaelic song of Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner, Josie Duncan. Their melting pot of styles has led to the band’s live show being showcased on BBC Alba and RTÉ, as well as on the mainstages of festivals around the country, including Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival. With their self-titled debut album now available, the band is established as one of Scotland’s most essential live acts.
Glasgow’s Paul McKenna has travelled the world as a musician for over a decade; collecting the stories of everyday and exceptional lives. His vibrato is immediately recognizable and when he begins to weave a tale, audiences are stilled. His bandmates (Ewan Baird, Conor Markey, Robbie Greig, Conal McDonagh) weave exceptional melodies with traditional instrumentation and their sound has carried them to no less than six major Canadian Folk Festivals in 2017.
Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton (IRE)
Maggie Carty (banjo, vocals) and Máirtín Staunton (flute, vocals), both from musical families spanning generations, play traditional Irish music and song. Their rhythmic music is from the core of their West of Ireland heritage and their harmonious vocals reminiscent of Cash and Carter with an Irish folk twist.
Brid Harper & Dermot Byrne (Ire)
Dermot Byrne was awarded TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013. From Buncrana in Co. Donegal, he is recognised as one of the great accordion players of his generation. Tyrone resident.
Bríd Harper is a senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and is enormously respected both as a teacher and performer.
This duo visit Australia for the first time.