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With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes — including the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles — Ímar are: Adam Brown (bodhran), Adam Rhodes (bouzouki), Mohsen Amina (concertina), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes) and Tomás Callister (fiddle).
The guys share a strong background in Irish music — although only Murphy actually hails from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, whilst Amini is a native of Glasgow and Brown is originally from Suffolk. Its these foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material.
Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, however, centers on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language, and a similar, clearly potent, kinship endures between their musical traditions. These guys are the living embodiment of a Celtic nation that once stretched far and wide.