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The Diamond Jubilee Hall in Evanton Breton on a good night with traditional folk band Dremmwel

By Kyle Walker

BRETON band Dremmwel come north as part of their Scottish tour this month for a special show in Evanton.

The traditional group will play the Ross-shire village’s Diamond Jubilee Hall on Friday, May 17, with support from Feis Rois.

Dremmwel, Breton for “horizon”, played previously in Scotland in 1997 and 2002. Their traditional Breton dance tunes have developed as self-penned numbers, and now attract international acclaim.

The Diamond Jubilee Hall in Evanton will be the place for Highlanders, young and old, to learn about Breton culture – with traditional Breton dances and crepes to enjoy.

Feis Rois classes for younger players and older learners will provide the support act for Dremmwel.

Organiser Rob Gibson said: “Dremmwel has adopted a global jukebox theme for their latest album, their sixth. Titled Hirbad, meaning ‘long stay’, it includes music from Brittany, Corsica, Paraguay, the Basque Country and Scotland.

“Along with my friends Andy Mitchell and Malcolm Kerr we recorded Macpherson’s Rant to which Dremmwel added guitar, fiddle and accordion. This celebrates the American folk song collector, Alan Lomax, whose Scottish visit in 1951 recorded traveller, Jimmy MacBeath, with this outlaw ballad from 1700.

“There’s a late surprise to the line-up. Corsican polyphonic singer Marco Campana will join Dremmwel to give us a taste of his island’s culture and language.

“Let’s celebrate our European cultural links right here in Evanton. The band will have played Arran, Mull and Skye ahead of the local gig. It’s a rare chance to sample Breton ‘pinky dancing’ without going to the famous Lorient festival at which Feis Rois curate the Scottish pavilion.”

“Our shared Celtic music heritage deserves to be celebrated right here at home.”

Tickets cost £10 (£8 concession) and are available on the door or by phone – 01349 830388. For more info, go to www.dremmwel.com

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