Fri 29 May | Doors 7.30pm
Indisputably one of the most exciting ‘live’ bands on the world roots music circuit, The Dardanelles possess all the power of a steam engine that’s about to blow its top. The band flew in from Newfoundland for Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival in 2013 and when they departed, it felt like a hurricane had just swept through the city.
That was their UK debut and many regarded them as one of the event’s outstanding highlights. Since then, they have returned as one of the main visiting attractions at Shetland Folk Festival in 2014 where they were once more singled out for praise following barnstorming performances that left crowds exhilarated and utterly breathless. When they went on to hit the mainland, they played a string of sold-out shows before returning home.
Their superb album, The Eastern Light, produced by Irish guitar hero John Doyle, established them as serious contenders for big stage appearances well beyond their home patch, and UK audiences have since grown to lap up the stirring jigs, reels and ballads which are so honoured in their homeland, delivered with an raging pulse found more often in high-octane rock ‘n’ roll. After the record was released in Europe, it picked up glowing reviews from magazines such as Songlines and fRoots magazine which declared: “Remarkable…vibrant…exciting.”
There is nothing more infectious than to catch a band in full flight really enjoying themselves onstage, and allowing yourself to get swept along by the sheer joy and enthusiasm. After catching them ‘live,’ Celtic Music Radio presenter Bill Morris, told listeners they had been “magnificent.” Featuring five of Newfoundland’s finest trad players, one of whom – Matthew Byrne – is undeniably the best singer of the territory’s soulful, salty ballads and has released several solo albums to widespread acclaim, the band has previously impressed at major national Canadian festivals including Winnipeg, Mariposa, and Vancouver. Expect a mixture of explosive dance tunes, masterful arrangements, stirring songs and more feel-good, glad-to-be-there cheer than you’ll encounter anywhere else on the planet.
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Venue: Malt Room – cabaret unreserved seating.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
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