Gaelic supergroup plans two Borders gigs

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FRESH from a sold-out Celtic Connections performance, Gaelic supergroup Daimh stop off in the Borders for two gigs this month.

Playing high-energy songs based on the traditions that their countries represent, each member is said to bring their own style to the band.

The group includes Colm O’Rua (banjo and mandola) who hails from Dublin and has performed across the world for more than 18 years. He is a fluent Scottish Gaelic speaker.

Californian-born Gabe McVarnish was a twice All-American junior fiddle champion before returning to his ancestral home, Morar in the west Highlands.

Guitarist Ross Martin learned his trade in the dance halls of the Hebrides and west Highlands and has toured the world extensively with a plethora of well-known acts.

Highland and Border piper Angus MacKenzie grew up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. A fluent Gaelic speaker, he won numerous awards as a solo piper and as pipe major of St Anne’s Gaelic College Pipe Band.

James Bremner (bohran) is a native of Morar and is acknowledged as the driving force behind the band, while newest recruit Calum Alex MacMillan is an award-winning Gaelic singer.

Daimh play at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles on Saturday, March 12 (7.30pm, £14, £12 concession, phone 01721 725777) and at Bonchester Bridge on Friday, March 18 (8pm, £7.50, phone Malcolm McEwen 01450 860641).