19 Jan - 5 Feb 2023

The Friel Sisters with Assynt and Firelight Trio


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25th Jan 2023
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
£16.80 includes booking fee
Age restrictions
Under 14s should be accompanied by an adult
Seating Type
Celtic Connections 2023

The Friel Sisters, Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are traditional musicians born and brought up in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht in Northwest Ireland. 

They play a mixture of music interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family repertoire. Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes. They have released 2 albums thus far, playing all over the world in various venues and festivals and have appeared on stage and toured with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Cherish the Ladies and Solas.

The Friel Sisters will be joined by Marty Barry, guitar player and singer from Banbridge, Co Down and Cathal Ó Curráin, bouzouki player and singer from Gaoth Dobhair, near the girls family home in Donegal who was recently awarded Best Emerging Artist for 2022 at the RTÉ Folk Awards in Dublin. 

“Exquisite, beautiful and intuitive. An impressive young bunch with fabulous taste and impeccable chops” (Irish Echo, New York)

Glasgow based folk trio Assynt are former BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year finalists, Graham Mackenzie (fiddle) and David Shedden (pipes/whistles) alongside BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Innes White (guitar/mandolin). Awarded ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2018 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Assynt are a band rooted in the great fiddle, piping and Gaelic traditions of the Highlands of Scotland. Described as "one of our most impressive young bands” and “refreshingly contemporary” by Folk Radio, Assynt launch their brand new album, Where From Here.

A brand-new ensemble, Firelight Trio brings together musicians from Moishe’s Bagel, Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman, and Bellevue Rendezvous, to create a mighty sound that is exciting, wide ranging, and richly textured. Here they launch their debut album Firelight Trio. Ruth Morris’s resonant nyckelharpa is matched by Gavin Marwick’s powerhouse fiddle, all backed up by Phil Alexander’s groovily inventive accordion and piano, in a rich tapestry of lively Swedish polskas and Scottish reels, lilting French waltzes, toe-tapping klezmer, dazzling original tunes and more.

"Top-calibre trio with grace, energy and playfulness" (Folk Radio UK)

Venue details

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite
2 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3NY
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