Brìghde Chaimbeul – Wednesday May 1st


Connollys of leap is so proud to announce Brìghde Chaimbeul

Wednesday the 1st of May – Doors @ 7pm, music from 7.30 tickets €20+ booking fee

Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul (pronounched Breetch-er Hime-bowl) is a leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music. Her piping has earned her a BBC Young Folk Award and a BBC Horizon Award, and seen her perform for heads of state at the Cop26 climate conference. She’s brought her instrument to a global stage, and has worked with a range of other artists – currently she can be heard on Caroline Polachek‘s new single “Blood and Butter”. With her second album ‘Carry Them With Us’, Chaimbeul has taken it beyond folk music, discovering a place where tradition and minimalism meet, offering her the freedom to experiment in sound and create something completely her own. ‘Carry Them With Us’ is an exhilarating weave of rich textural drones, trance atmospheres and instrumental folk traditions. She was joined on this album by acclaimed Canadian sound explorer and saxophonist Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver), who also co-produced the album.

A native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye, Brìghde’s style is rooted in her language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of global piping traditions, such as from Eastern Europe, Cape Breton and Ireland. Her debut album ‘The Reeling’ (2019) had an extraordinary response. Produced by Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, it was named as Folk Album Of The Month by The Guardian, given five star reviews in both fRoots and Songlines, lavished with praise by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and listed as one of The Quietus’s Albums Of The Year. ‘The Reeling’ was voted one of the 20 Scottish Albums of the Year by the Say Awards (out of 293 submissions) and secured a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award win for Brìghde.

“Simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct”   Folk Album of the Month – The Guardian

“A unique, exciting and forward-looking album that sets the bar for 2019 very high indeed”   The Quietus

“Exciting, unusual and gorgeous” – Songlines

“Pure, vital energy… exceptional playing” – Folk Radio

“Mesmerising”Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“It is a quirk of musical fate that some of the most traditional forms can produce the most experimental sounds. Brìghde Chaimbeul is an instrumentalist from Skye who is steeped in the musical and oral traditions of the islands and highlands of Scotland but whose music is as invigorating and new as anything currently being produced in either folk or contemporary avant-garde circles … A common misconception about drone-based music is that it doesn’t go anywhere or do anything. Chaimbeul’s tunes ride roughshod over this notion, unfolding, expanding, and sometimes exploding.” Folk Radio UK April 2023

“… an exciting, sometimes bewitching set of tunes. The album’s title is a quotation from Gaelic bard Iain Sheonaidh, of South Uist, who carried the old tales with him. Brìdghe Chaimbeul, deeply immersed in her culture, is doing the same. At the same time she is making the tales new, by transforming them into some of the most satisfying and complete music to be found anywhere in these islands.  The Quietus, April 2023

“… an album to immerse oneself in order to reap the greatest rewards. From the opening moments of first track Pililiù (The Call Of The Redshank), the warm, gauzy sounds of the smallpipes floods the ears, starting a short musical journey that brings with it both mystery and beauty … the album shows how Chaimbeul takes the traditions of folk music and gently reshapes and redirects them … evocative and beautiful … helps shine light on a lesser seen musical world.” **** musicOMH, April 2023

‘Carry Them With Us’ 

Shortlisted for Scotland’s prestigious SAY Award 

Number 13 (of 100) in The Quietus Albums of the Year

Number 13 in The List Hot 100 2023

Number 5 in The Skinny’s Scottish Albums of the Year

“Nobody else sounds anything like Chaimbeul. The smallpipes player and composer is still only in her mid-twenties, but it feels like she has occupied her own incomparable furrow for ever, bridging the gap between the lost sounds of the past and futuristic ambience.” Folk Radio / FRUK

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