There's a youthfulness abounding in the Celtic music scene
these days. It's fresh, energetic and fused with a sound that has a rich international flavour. It's Slainte Mhath
Va). The innovative Cape Breton quintet is keeping its traditional roots firmly
planted, with a
determination to making 21st century Celtic music and bringing it to a global
The Slainte Mhath (Gaelic for good health to you) sound draws from
a wide range of
influences. This high-energy group features traditional instruments associated
with the Celtic
genre and adds drumbeats, hooks, and sub-bass lines, all augmented with contemporary
The diverse and cultural background of Slainte Mhath includes
the musical versatility of Lisa
Gallant (bodhran, fiddle and step-dancing), Boyd MacNeil (octave mandolin, fiddle,
percussion), Ryan MacNeil (keyboards and percussion), Brian Talbot (drums and
and John MacPhee (Highland bagpipes, Scottish reel pipes and Irish flute).
Slainte Mhath's new sounds explode on their new album VA, a title which is meant
the phonetic pronunciation of Slainte Mhath's last name. VA takes the fiercely
generation of musicians to another realm of creativity -- combining those deep
influences with modern-day nuances that will set popular culture on its ear.
Slainte Mhath has a growing fan base worldwide, having toured
across Canada, the U.S.A.,
England, Scotland, Sweden and Denmark. The young group has honed its chops considerably.
Last summer, Slainte Mhath's momentum grew overseas with a tour that set a ground
collaboration with BBC Radio Scotland, featuring a daily diary on their Web
site and leading
them to a BBC Folk Award nomination in the 'Horizon' category -- the first East
Coast artist to
receive a nomination from the BBC Folk Awards.
With VA, Slainte Mhath embarks on a new part of their musical
journey. Jump aboard, get ready
to go -- it's definitely an enjoyable trip into a new century of Celtic music