Islander in association with The Good Room Presents
Ye vagabonds & Brìghde Chaimbeul
Friday 22nd November 2019
The Chapel, Griffith College, Wellington Rd, Cork
“They remind me of my first days at ‘Les Cousins’ in Soho in 1965... Ye Vagabonds are a modern expression of a tradition that is truly robust and important to these islands.” Roy Harper
No strangers to Cork, Ye Vagabonds have developed a loyal following, and will perform in this beautiful chapel with label-mate Brìghde Chaimbeul.
They have both released albums on Rough Trade Records’ new folk imprint River Lea Recordings. Both albums have gotten rave reviews and it is our pleasure to host this special concert as part of Quiet Lights.
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.
In 2014 they came to the attention of Arbutus Yarns’ music filmmaker Myles O’Reilly, whose videos gained international attention for the brothers for the first time.
After a chance meeting at Electric Picnic in September 2015, the brothers performed onstage with Glen Hansard, who invited them to open for him on his European tour the following October.
Since then, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan (whose band they played in for her Irish tour, June 2016). They have also played sold out headline shows across Europe.
In October 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. “Ye Vagabonds” comprises of harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960's folk revival. It includes ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium.
Their second album ‘The Hare’s Lament’ was released on 22nd March 2019.
Scottish piper Brìghde Chaimbeul, hailed as one of the most promising players of her generation, is one of the few women to achieve success in the male-dominated world of piping. Her talent saw her scoop the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2016; three years later, she released her debut album, The Reeling.
Born in 1999 and brought up in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, Chaimbeul, a native Gaelic speaker, grew up in a musical family. She learned to play both piano and fiddle before taking up the pipes at the age of seven, inspired by the legendary piper Rona Lightfoot, the first woman to ever win a major piping championship. She studied with Niall Stewart and won her first competition at the age of ten. In 2014 Chaimbeul discovered the relatively underused Scottish smallpipes, which became her instrument of choice with their sweet, clear, high-pitched sound. Her big break came in 2016 when she won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award; the following year, she was nominated in the "Up and Coming" category at the Scots Trad Music Awards. She began playing live in a trio with Innes White (guitar) and her sister Mairi Chaimbeul on clarsach (Scottish harp), appearing at many major piping and folk festivals, and became a frequent collaborator with piper Ross Ainslie. A bursary from the Saltire Society allowed her to undertake an ethnomusicological tour of Bulgaria, studying the country's rich piping tradition; she was also influenced by Scandinavian and Cape Breton styles. Rather than writing her own material, she preferred to dredge up ancient and forgotten tunes from the tradition. In 2019 she released her debut album, The Reeling, on River Lea. Featuring Lau fiddler Aidan O'Rourke and Lankum's Radie Peat on concertina, and recorded in the historic East Church in Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands, it had an experimental flavor and raw, murky production.