Spark-ling future on the cards for Joy and friends
BASED around Scottish stepdance and Irish sean-nòs dancing, Las, meaning a spark or to ignite, explores the cultural links between the two countries through dance, music, language and song.
Bringing together five of Scotland and Ireland’s brightest young tradition-bearers, they use trilingual songs (Gàidhlig, Gaeilge, English) and Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary music as a base for exciting dance collaborations.
Their musical and vocal prowess, combined with an innate understanding of the traditionally rooted core of the music that they perform, makes them a new force worth experiencing.
Las members are Joy Dunlop a multi-award winning Gaelic singer and Scottish step- dancer. Originally from Connel, she has performed throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
A fluent Gaelic speaker and Mòd Gold Medallist, Joy was nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2010 and 2011 and won the Fatea Tradition Award in 2010. She was also crowned the 2015 Pan Celtic Traditional Singer of the Year and the 2015 Pan Celtic Traditional Dancer of the Year - the first to ever win both competitions. Edel Ní Churraoin grew up immersed in the vibrant Connemara music and dance tradition. She plays the tin whistle, button accordion and piano and is also a vocalist and sean-nós dancer. Edel has won various dancing and music competitions and is a regular performer all over Ireland.
Dancer and fiddle/ viola player, Clíodhna Begley, comes from the Gaeltacht area west of Dingle in Co. Kerry. Having grown up in a musical family, Clíodhna was hugely influenced by her family, and is a regular performer at venues and festivals all over Ireland and further afield. Suzanne Houston is a Glasgow-based pianist, whistle player and singer. She graduated with a 1st class honours in Scottish Music from RSAMD in 2011 and attended the National Centre Of Excellence In Traditional Music at Plockton High School for three years.
Catherine Sullivan from Rath Cairn, a Gaeltacht area in Co. Meath known for its rich local heritage, is a guitarist and singer. From a well-known local musical family, Catherine is also a champion Sean Nòs dancer and has performed throughout Ireland and America to great acclaim.