Spark-ling fu­ture on the cards for Joy and friends

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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