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Music - Folk, Mon 15 Oct 2018, £14-£16




Imar are touring the UK in October, to promote the release of their 2nd studio album, Avalanche on 12th October. Avalanche is Ímar’ second studio album and is like a turbo charged version of the first but with a vast range of dynamics, both moments of beauty and power. A strong album that is going to make for an incredible show on tour.

There are many reasons to be excited about the Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Manran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara & Mec Lir whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.

Two of the band are Manxmen – fiddler Tomás Callister and bouzouki ace Adam Rhodes. Flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy is from Ireland. Bodhrán player Adam Brown, hails from Suffolk. Concertina player Mohsen Amini, is from Glasgow.

“We all have a really strong shared background in Irish music – even though we all live in Glasgow and only Ryan’s actually from Ireland,” Brown says. These foundations underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material, while also highlighting the cyclical evolution of Scotland’s wider folk scene. Go back a couple of decades or so, and Irish repertoire still predominated at many Scottish sessions and gigs, whereas today Ímar’s sound stands out boldly from the crowd.

“You won’t often hear anyone in Glasgow playing slides and polkas”
Besides being an Anglo-Iranian Scot playing Irish music on the concertina, BBC Radio 2 Musician Of The Year Award Winner, Mohsen Amini is also surely unique, among that instrument’s exponents, in citing the contemporary classical pianist/composer Ludovico Einaudi and celebrated film composer Hans Zimmer among his key musical influences. As this suggests, he has built on his traditional roots to develop a strikingly individual style, blending elements of Scottish, Irish and Breton music.

“it’s great having no fixed parameters – we’re just seeing what happens”
It’s this combined commonality and diversity of background and influences that fuels Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, centered on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language – the name Ímar comes from a 9th-century king who reigned across this combined territory – and a similar kinship endures between their musical traditions.

“there’s also an infectious, raw boisterousness and spontaneity in the playing – and a winning informality in the presentation”. The Herald

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshments

Cafe bar; disabled access to foyer, auditorium, downstairs cafe area; disabled toilet

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Mon 15 Oct 2018 19:30 to 23:00

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Norwich Arts Centre


Norwich Arts Centre,
St Benedict's Street,


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Map reference: TG 226088  Lat: 52.63126 Long: 1.28793

By Road:
From London, approach Norwich on the A11. Keep going along this road until you reach the inner ring road (there will be shops straight ahead on St. Stephens Street). Turn left at the roundabout on to Chapelfield Road, then keep going (past the Chapelfield shopping mall), until you reach the next roundabout. At this point the Roman Catholic Cathedral will be on your left. Go straight over this roundabout, underneath a pedestrian bridge and take the right hand lane for the traffic lights. Turn right onto St. Benedicts Street. This part of St. Benedicts is one-way, and you will fork left on to St. Swithins Road. From here, there are various car parks nearby or on-street parking (metered) on St. Benedicts Street (15p for 15mins, or free after 6pm) - please note there are limited places and some parts of St. Benedicts are permit parking only.

By Public Transport:
Norwich Train Station is 1.1 miles away from Norwich Arts Centre, and is approximately 15 mins walk or 7 mins by taxi. The station has direct mainline links to London, as well as links to Peterborough (for mainline services to the north of the country) and local services for the county and East Anglia. For more information on services, please visit National Rail Enquiries.


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments

Cafe bar; disabled access to foyer, auditorium, downstairs cafe area; disabled toilet