Gaels host ‘festive ho ho horo gheallaidh’ in Peebles

Kathleen MacInnes of Gaelic music group Daimh
Kathleen MacInnes of Gaelic music group Daimh

Gaelic supergroup Dàimh play Scottish songs of Christmas, New Year and midwinter at Peebles Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday December 19 at 7.30pm.

The group, taking its name from the Gaelic word for kinship, fuses music from across the Celtic diaspora in a celebration of their common ground.

“From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best, and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows,” writes their publicist.

“All manner of songs, carols and hymns in Gaelic, English and Scots will be performed by special guests Steve Byrne (Malinky) and Kathleen MacInnes (South Uist), alongside thrilling original tunes and carefully selected seasonal pieces from Dàimh’s powerhouse pipe and fiddle led instrumental section – all the ingredients for a real cracker!”

Dàimh have been twice nominated for Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, with singer Calum Alex twice nominated for STMA Gaelic Singer Of The Year.

Irish Music Magazine regards them as “one of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map” and said: “The charging pipe and fiddle-led assault has seen Dàimh playing festivals across Europe with forays to North America. They have had sell-out performances at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, and a memorable concert in Belgium in which founding member, Colm O’Rua, played his last gig with the band. Exciting new recruit, Damian Helliwell from Eigg, adds his composing skills, dynamic banjo and mandolin playing to the impressive Dàimh arsenal.”

Tickets cost £14. Contact 01721 725777, or go to www.eastgatearts.com