Don't miss the incredible Ciarán Ryan Band at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival on Friday 7th July 2023
Friday July 7th 2023
– Doors open at 7:00pm
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Ciarán Ryan Band
Already a veteran performer having toured the worlds stages for a decade, predominantly as a founding member of world-folk band Dallahan and as a highly sought after session musician, Ciarán Ryan is quietly becoming recognised as one of the foremost tenor banjo players the UK has ever produced.
The live outfit “Ciarán Ryan Band” was formed in Edinburgh, Scotland following the release of his debut solo album "Banjaxed" in late 2019. The album was shortlisted for "Album of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
He now brings his prolific writing and stage experience firmly to the front with his own solo show of all-original music, loosely grown out of his traditional Irish music upbringing that nods towards the idioms of rock, EDM and post-punk music.
The band had an explosive start with a headline show at Celtic Connections and other UK festivals. The live show is a high-octane spectacle of ferocious banjo led music and sheer instrumental brilliance!
Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe & Daniel Quayle
Boston-born fiddler Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe and Daniel Quayle of Onchan, Isle of Man combine Manx traditional music with several other musical traditions (Estonian, Irish, Scottish, etc.) to forge a dramatic and compelling experience.
The Isle of Man-based duo released their debut album, The Coast Road, in September 2022 after a five-week tour in Estonia. The Coast Road has been hailed as “a hell of an album” by Folk Wales Magazine and “an exhilarating journey from two bright and inspired talents” by At the Barrier.
The duo began touring together in Summer 2021, performing in France and Estonia as part of music festivals, as well as cultural events and standalone concerts. Their travels helped to shape their distinctive sound — blending old melodies with new rhythms and ideas that are presented with a powerful conviction that continuously brings audiences to their feet.
A recent review of their album wrote that the traditions "flow seamlessly in glorious union".
Friday, July 7th 2023
Doors open: 7:00pm
Ends: Friday, July 7th 2023
Bookings close: July 7th 2023
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