Wednesday 26th August 2015
Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed traditional Irish band, The Alan Kelly Gang, will be reuniting with Scotland’s mesmerising songstress, Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas, to perform at a number of venues during Blas 2015.
Joining them at various stages of the festival programme will be the supremely talented Gaelic singer Margaret Stewart as well as, on their final appearance, Canada’s J P Cormier.
The Alan Kelly Gang have established themselves as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary traditional acts. Alan Kelly has long been declared Ireland’s innovative piano accordion maestro described by New York’s ‘Irish Voice’ as ‘in league with the best piano accordionists in the world’. The Gang’s arrangements are acclaimed as world class, as are the musicians, and though firmly rooted in the Irish tradition, the Alan Kelly Gang seamlessly introduce Galician, Breton, Scottish and Americana influences. In September 2011, they released their first official band album entitled Small Towns and Famous Nights and this year has seen the release of their second album, The Last Bell, to wide critical acclaim.
First up for the Alan Kelly Gang at Blas 2015 is Nairn on Thursday, September 10 with the festival in full swing, then on to Strathpeffer on the Friday evening, 11th. At both those venues sharing the double bill will be Gaelic singer Margaret Stewart, from Lewis, brings together a dynamic trio with two renowned Highland musicians; piper Angus Nicolson from Skye and harpist Ingrid Henderson from Lochaber. They all have their individual reputations as being amongst the finest exponents of Gaelic music and song in Scotland today.
J P Cormier will then join the Gang along with Eddi Reader and John Douglas for a spell binding finish with a barn-stormer at Portree on the final night of the festival, Saturday, September 12.
Established 11 years ago as a result of The Highland Council’s desire to create a festival that would match the vitality of Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours, the Blas festival is now an international event showcasing Highland culture and its continuing success has been welcomed by the Scottish Government and Highland Council.
Blas 2015 will take place at venues across the Highlands and Argyll between 4 and 12 September.
Tickets for all Blas events can be bought online, or by phone, with details on the festival’s websitewhere further information is available on the full programme of events.