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Musical Monday: The Scintillating Celtic Music of Ímar

Ímar played the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library on September 20, 2018. It was the band's first ever performance in the United States, and easily one of the most astounding displays of musicianship we've been fortunate enough to witness. In the video below—shown here for the first time—the five lads tear through a version of "The Firebird" that ought to come with a warning label! Enjoy.

More about the band and our series of Live! Folklife Concerts:

Ímar draws on the shared musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Based in Glasgow Scotland, band members (Adam Brown/bodhrán, Adam Rhodes/bouzouki, Mohsen Amini/concertina, Ryan Murphy/uilleann pipes, Tomás Callister/fiddle) hail from Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, and England. This combined commonality and diversity of background fuels Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, centered on the overlapping cultural heritage of places that once shared the same Gaelic language and kinship between their musical traditions. The band is creating quite the stir on its world tour, offering audiences both old and new music in an innovative but sympathetic way, vibrantly delivered with dexterity and energy. Their show at the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library marked the first time the band had ever performed in the United States.

Free, live concert recorded Thursday, September 20, 2018 by Kevin Rogan and Todd DeGarmo. Edited by Kevin Rogan.

Concert hosted and produced by Todd DeGarmo, founding director of the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library and funded in part by the Friends of Crandall Public Library and the New York State Council on the Arts - Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

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