Inyal ( Scotland )

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.

Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton (IRE)

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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.