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Gairloch is a new Celtic trio focusing on the Scottish and Irish traditional repertoire. The members of Gairloch have all been playing on the international Celtic circuit for years, and this new group is a very exciting addition to the many great Celtic groups coming out of Quebec. They perform songs and instrumental tunes from the traditions of Scotland, Ireland, and Quebec, including many of their own compositions, at a level of musicianship that can be called nothing if not “world class.”

Its members are:

Seán Dagher is an active performer (Irish bouzouki, voice, banjo, 'ud), arranger, and composer of music from various folk and classical music traditions: Celtic, Baroque, Medieval, Arabic, French-Canadian, and Maritime. He is a founding member of Skye Consort and co-artistic director of La Nef. Seán is known the world over as one of the main sea shanty-singing voices on the Assassin's Creed video game series, including Black Flag. His Shanty of the Week video series was also very popular with gamers and music-lovers around the world.

Kate Bevan-Baker is an award-winning fiddler, classical violinist and singer. Newfoundland-born, she has been playing violin since the age of four and thrives on a variety of musical styles from Celtic to jazz and classical. She holds violin performance degrees from Memorial and McGill Universities, a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, and a PhD specializing in Irish Music on PEI from Concordia University. Balancing a career as a professional musician and part-time professor at Concordia and McGill Universities, Kate boasts an impressive list of national and international performances, recordings, presentations and lectures. Most recently, Kate was among the recipients of a Prix Opus for the recording and live performance Baratin d’Marins with La Nef (2022), and was nominated for Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards (Bùmarang), and is currently nominated for Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards with her fiddle duo, Archetype Trad.

David Gossage is one of Montreal’s most respected and experienced musicians. Cited by the Montreal Gazette as “Montreal’s secret weapon,” multi-instrumentalist David plays flute, guitar, whistles and harmonica in virtually all styles of music. David is probably best known for his jazz and Celtic playing. He played with Kirk MacGeachy in the band Orealis on Green Linnet records and he produced the Juno nominated album Night Visions. As well as with Gairloch David plays with Bùmarang, who recently signed with Fallen Tree Records and their first CD EchoLand was nominated last year for a CFMA Award.  Considered “first call” amongst Montreal flute players, his list of sessions is impressive including innumerable studio and live concert recordings. He has composed and arranged music for video games, the National Film Board and TV. His virtuosity continues to marvel the crowds he plays for on the festival circuit both in Europe and North America. David teaches Jazz at McGill University.

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