Ma­canta on the up

The Oban Times - - 10 Letters -

OVER the sum­mer, I have been writ­ing about some of the acts per­form­ing Gaelic mu­sic in Glas­gow.

Re­cently, a Glas­gow band called Ma­canta fea­tured in a high-pro­file ad­vert for Cale­do­nian MacBrayne which was aired on ITV.

On that ad­vert, they were pe­form­ing a cover of Su­per­grass’s ‘Al­right’ but it is the bilin­gual ma­te­rial of front­man Dòl Eoin Mackin­non that first helped Ma­canta es­tab­lish them­selves as a pop­u­lar band in the city.

Dòl Eoin is from Scal­pay, Harris, and was brought up on a healthy mix of Gaelic songs and an old tape of his favourite mu­si­cian Buddy Holly.

It is this com­bi­na­tion of in­flu­ences that has formed Ma­canta’s in­cred­i­ble sound - a blend of Gaelic, Amer­i­cana, in­die and coun­try.

They have per­formed a num­ber of high pro­file gigs, in­clud­ing slots at Celtic Con­nec­tions, and are cur­rently gig­ging a four piece line-up, all of whom are based in Glas­gow: Dòl Eoin him­self, guitar and vo­cals; Terry Bal­four, guitar, man­dolin and vo­cals; Ross B Wil­son, dou­ble bass); and James Grant, drums.

Ma­canta’s lastest re­lease was a new song by Dòl Eoin called ‘My Favourite Place of Mind’, the lyrics of which de­scribe his love for coun­try mu­sic.

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