Sound of the Celts in Leeds

Calum Stewart and Heikki Bourgault

An Inter-Celtic Musical Evening celebrates musical crossover between Scotland, Brittany and Ireland

A NIGHT of Celtic music on January 31 will see great tunes from Calum Stewart  (Wooden Flute & Uillean /Irish Pipes) ,Heikki Bougault (Guitar), Chris O’Malley (Piano Accordion), Des Hurley (Fiddle) & Guests.

Formed through a musical friendship, Brittany based Calum Stewart and Heikki Bougault began their musical journey together in 2008.

Originally from the North of Scotland and brought up with the traditional music of his native Morayshire, Calum Stewart has a developed a distinctive contemporary-traditional voice.

Coming from a new generation of guitarists, Heikki Bougault embraces the strong tradition of Breton musicians, whilst pushing the boundaries of the open-tuned guitar. His knowledge of Fest Noz dance nourishes his composition in the Breton style, whilst giving him a base to explore new ground.

This urge to look beyond borders, whilst respecting traditions is what brings the two together: With old instruments, a new sound is forged.

Des Hurley is a highly respected traditional Irish fiddle player from a well known Leeds musical family. Also an experienced teacher, Des has lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities and at the 2013 Folkworks Youth Summer School in Durham.

Following his return to Yorkshire from Ireland in 2005, Chris O’Malley has been in demand as an accompanist both on piano and guitar, having performed at Warwick Folk Festival, Bath Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and the Return to Camden Town Festival. As a piano accordion player he recently took part in Indo-Irish musical collaboration Milun and in the summer joined the acclaimed London Lasses.

This Friday 31st Jan event is hosted by the Irish Arts Foundation in collaboration with Inkwell, Arts & Minds & Cloth Cat at Inkwell (formerly Shoulder of Mutton), 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds LS7 3LW. Show 8.15pm, Tickets£5 advance /£6 on door. Tel 0113 2787442. See


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