It is all about the joy of the music. This is what the members of Imar found when they sat down for the first time. With nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles between them, these 5 highly-skilled instrumentalists come together with a no-frills, yet bombastic presentation of Celtic music that makes old folks cry “turn it down” while the kids are dancing as if they were at a rave.
The infectious joy they share with their audiences can be read in the comments of their social media pages, the most glowing coming from presenters who brought Imar to their audience. Of their live show, The Scotsman says “Combining five outstanding instrumentalists from Scotland, Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, each with early roots in Irish music, their sound centres on a brilliantly melodious frontline of uilleann pipes, fiddle and concertina…Genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity supplied frills to burn…” . Having released two widely-praised albums to date, Imar is at work on their third album which will surely continue their quick rise.
Ímar’s formation also embodies a more personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene. All five of them – also including fiddler Tomás Callister and bouzouki ace Adam Rhodes (Barrule/Mabon), both from the Isle of Man, plus Glasgow native Mohsen Amini (Talisk) on concertina – originally met as teenagers through Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the Irish traditional music network that tutors budding players throughout the British Isles and beyond, and stages the annual schedule of Fleadh competitions.