Dàimh bring sounds of Scottish Highlands and islands to The Palms on Thursday, Oct. 24

Dàimh will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Oct. 24 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 general/$12 students.
Gabe McVarish (fiddle), Murdo “Yogi” Cameron (mandola, accordion), Angus Mackenzie (bagpipes), Ellen MacDonald (vocals) and Ross Martin (guitar) comprise the Scottish band Dàimh (pronounced “Dive”), and will perform at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Thursday, Oct. 24. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 general/$12 students.

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Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, Scotland-based super-group Dàimh (pronounced “Dive”) fuse together music from across the Celtic diaspora in a celebration of their common ground. The band’s expressive music runs the full gamut of folk music from pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, and the group is renowned for their engaging live shows. Dàimh will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Oct. 24 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 general/$12 students. Dàimh are a longestablished favorite at folk festivals in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe. Since forming in 1998, they’ve released six albums, been named Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards (2015 and 2018), taken their contemporary Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries and become regulars on BBC television.  Last year, the band won “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany.  These unchallenged champions of straight-in-the-eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye in the scenic and culturally rich Highlands and Islands regions of Scotland.  But the bandmembers’ routes to the Highlands stretch around the globe – and include Yolo County. Fiddler Gabe McVarish spent his childhood in Davis before returning to his ancestral homeland of the Scottish Highlands in the early 90s. McVarish won the Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Championship twice by the age of 17, and earned a degree in Scottish music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in 2003.  McVarish and piper Angus Mackenzie are the driving forces behind Dàimh’s melodic instrumental power, with fellow founding member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the guitar. Murdo “Yogi” Cameron rounds out the instrumental line-up with on mandolins and accordion. Vocalist Ellen MacDonald, who is Dàimh’s newest member, won Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2016. Dàimh’s most recent album, “The Hebridean Sessions,” points to the musicians’ deep enjoyment of their heritage. Because the tracks are listed in Gaelic, English speakers may have difficulty getting the gist of what, exactly, the ethereal airs and driving songs are about. Happily, Dàimh provided a graphical key to the topics in each song. Based on the snowflake, two upside-down cows and three bottles of whiskey shown below the title, the delicate song “O Fair A-nall Am Botal” is about a hard winter that involved a fair amount of dead livestock and a whole lot of drinking.  Ah, Scotland. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online at The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and daimh.net.   ]]>

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