DÁN to perform live at Celtic connections festival Thursday 24th January

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Between 17th January – 3rd February 2013, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

On Thursday night DÁN perform. Dán featuring Guidewires (Ireland), Kan (Scotland, England), Breton Quartet (France) and Alyth McCormack (Scotland), is a specially commissioned touring project that brings together some of the world’s most respected traditional and jazz musicians in a highly anticipated concert series.

Spearheading a new wave of traditional music DÁN is dedicated to an entirely new, suspense-charged relationship between the traditional and the modern. Brainchild of the highly accomplished Irish group Guidewires, this specially commissioned touring project brings together figureheads of the tradition to form an extraordinary ensemble for a musically charged experience that redefines brilliance. They incluse Tradconnect members Ályth McCormack and  Tola Custy

Melding traditional and jazz musical cultures from Ireland, France and Scotland, with elements from the Middle East and Galicia, this first-time collaboration will infuse musical and spoken word legacies with originality and innovation. DÁN’s exploration of the place where the traditional and the modern meet, by 14 world-respected artists at the height of their creativity, will invigorate the interconnectedness of music from the Celtic Fringe and challenge musical conventions.

Presented as a choreographed set of distinct ensemble works, the concert will explore musical synergies found in original, traditional, re-arranged and shared material, moving from intimate collaborations to the full force of the ensemble. The tapestry will move from Irish jigs and Scottish stratspeys to English hornpipes and Breton gavottes, bringing together the diverse cultures of its passionate players through a shared discipline for traditional music-making, in an expansive and exhilarating production.

On Thursday 24th they will perform as part of the Celtic Connections festival in The Old Fruitmarket.  For tickets click http://www.celticconnections.com/Events

DÁN are (in alphabetical order):
Aidan O’Rourke - Fiddle
Alyth McCormack - Vocals
Brian Finnegan - Flutes / Whistles
Etienne Callac - Bass
Geoffroy Tamisier - Trumpet / Bugle
Ian Stephenson - Guitar
Jacques Pellen - Guitar
Janick Martin - Accordion
Jim Goodwin - Drums
Karol Lynch - Bouzouki
Pádraig Rynne - Concertina
Paul McSherry - Guitars
Sylvain Barou - Flutes / Uilleann pipes
Tola Custy - Fiddle

Check out Guidwires website : www.guiwiresmusic.com

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