Originally Published: February 3, 2017 6 a.m.
In his nearly 14 years of putting on Celtic concerts in Prescott and 20 years doing it in L.A., David McNabb has never been able to host a band that sings entirely in Scots Gaelic; until now.
“That’s how unusual is to find a touring band that sings in Gaelic,” McNabb said.
On Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., Dáimh (pronounced Dive) will be stopping in Prescott as they tour through Arizona. The unique quintet hails from Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and delivers a traditional Celtic music experience.
This is the fourth time the band has toured in the U.S. and its first time in Arizona, McNabb said.
With a reputation as giants of the bagpipes and fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the guitar, according to the band’s website.
Serving as the “new guy” is Murdo “Yogi” Cameron on mandola and accordion to complete the instrumental lineup.
Dáimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current lineup only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament’s most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald, on vocals, the website said.
Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, Dàimh fuse together music from across the Celtic diaspora in a celebration of their common ground, the website said. From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best, and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows.
The band’s recent accolades include last year’s award for the Best Folk Band in Europe at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of Folk Band of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
Their Prescott performance will take place at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. General admission is $25, but McNabb said the price is negotiable for those who honestly cannot afford such a cover.
“I don’t want people to miss the performance just because they can’t afford it, so they can call me to work out a price they can afford,” McNabb said.
McNabb can be reached by calling 928-771-1218.
College students get in for $10 and anyone under 19 years old gets in for free.
“I try to encourage young people to come and experience this sort of music, because they normally would not, and they certainly wouldn’t if they had to pay for it,” McNabb said.
The concert will begin with an acoustic performance from local guitarist Michael Lewis, followed by a short Celtic quiz with prizes and some Celtic jokes performed by McNabb.
Attendees should also expect some spontaneous bouts of Irish dancing performed by the Sacred Heart Irish Step Dancers.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.