Congratulations to ELÍR who have been nominated in Trad Video of the Year sponsored by Threads of Sound in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Niamh MacKaveney of ELÍR the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
ELÍR was formed in Glasgow’s vibrant and eclectic music scene. Featuring Niamh MacKaveney from Scotland (vocals & fiddle), David Lombardi from Italy (fiddle) and Jean Damei from France (guitar), the trio have taken influences from each country and merged it with a backbone in traditional Scottish music.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Jean and David came to Scottish music through their Irish music studies in Limerick. Whilst in Limerick they met and played with many Scottish musicians which inspired them both to move to Glasgow where they met up with Niamh and formed ELÍR. Niamh grew up on the west coast of Scotland where her upbringing, steeped in Gaelic and traditional music culture, led her to pursue a career in Scottish music.
Any particular career highlights?
Despite the pandemic, we successfully continued with our first european tour this summer, performing throughout France, Switzerland and Italy. During such a difficult time for the arts sector and touring musicians, we felt incredibly grateful and fortunate to have been able to bring our music to new audiences.
What are your plans for the future?
Our next steps as a band are to record our debut album and then tour it as much as we can both locally and internationally, so we’re busy at the moment writing lots of new material!
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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