What do you get when you mix together three of the Isle of Man’s most well respected trad musicians with one of Scotland’s fresh up and coming talents? Mec Lir – bringing foot stomping beats to some of your favourite trad tunes.
Formed in 2014, Mec Lir have had audiences up on their feet from the Isle of Man and Glasgow, to places like Cape Breton and Brittany with their infectious brand of ‘trad pop‘. The perfect blend of celtic tunes and modern backing, with the melody still playing the key role.
The band consists of virtuosic Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister (Barrule, Ímar), along with Adam Rhodes on bouzouki (Barrule, Ímar, King Chiaullee), David Kilgallon on keyboard (Chronicles, King Chiaullee) and Greg Barry on drums (The Elephant Sessions).
They released their CD ‘Not An EP‘ in 2015, and have since recorded two new singles, released early in 2016 – the epic reels set ‘Chase The Ace’ and pumping polkas ‘The Ram’.
2015 was a busy year for the band, including going viral on Facebook with a video reaching nearly 2 million views, playing at festivals such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. Plans are now afoot to record their debut album in 2016. So keep your ears to the ground and your feet tapping – Mec Lir will make you move!