Ímar bring a diversity of background and influences to their music, centered on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The name Ímar comes from a 9th-century king who reigned across this combined territory – and a similar kinship endures between their musical traditions. Tomás Callister on fiddle and Adam Rhodes on bouzouki are well-known on the Manx music scene, Ryan Murphy from Cork plays uillean pipes, whistle and flute, Scottish Iranian Mohsen Amini plays concertina, and Adam Brown from Suffolk provides percussion on bodhran. They all came together on the vibrant music scene in Glasgow.
Individually and collectively as members of other bands, they have garnered a number of awards, most recently in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning the Horizon Award for the best emergent band, whilst Mohsen Amini concertina wizard won the award for Musician of the Year.
Ímar will be playing at the Centenary Centre on Wednesday 11 July at 7.30pm – tickets £18.
Ímar performing Into the Light (Through the Trade / Mean Fouyir / The Hairy Dog) from their album Afterlight.