Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, Gaelic super group Dàimh, fuse together music from across the Celtic diaspora in a celebration of their common ground. 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.
After releasing their first two albums Moidart to Mabou (2000) and Pirates of Puirt (2004) independently, 2007 saw them adding the vocal talents of Mod Gold Medallist, Calum Alex MacMillan and releasing Crossing Point on the Greentrax label working once again with long-time friend and producer Iain MacDonald and for the first time with the legendary Calum Malcolm.
Fourth studio album, Diversions, was released in 2010 with a mixture of high-energy and fast-flowing music from the Gaelic tradition; songs old and new covering all the favourite subjects of the Gaels – love, death, war and drink.
Dàimh have been twice nominated for Scottish Folk Band Of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards with singer Calum Alex twice nominated for STMA Gaelic Singer Of The Year. The charging pipe and fiddle-led assault has seen Dàimh gigging far and wide, playing festivals across Europe with forays to North America along with regular touring at home.
2011 has started with a bang, from sell-out performances at Celtic Connections in Glasgow to a memorable concert in Belgium in which founding member; Colm O’Rua played his last gig with the band. Exciting new recruit, Damian Helliwell from the Isle of Eigg, adds composing skills and dynamic banjo and mandolin playing to the already impressive Dàimh arsenal.
“Their music is powerhouse stuff, and their gigs are an overwhelming and exuberant experience.”
“One of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map.”
Irish Music Magazine