One of my Gaelic teachers, Joy Dunlop, is an established singer and step-dancer (and TV presenter and and and…)., She and some friends – Edel Ní Churraoin (Ireland), Clíodhna Begley (Ireland), Suzanne Houstan (Scotland) and Catherine Nì Shuilleabhàin (Ireland) – recently formed a band called Las, with a focus on Scots and Irish Gaelic music. I went with a friend to see them in Glasgow in August, and although illness prevented all five from being there, the four remaining band members gave a fantastic performance. Coming from the two musical traditions – different but related – they worked incredibly well together, and the evening was a utter delight. I know almost nothing about step-dancing, but the differences there were also interesting – the more emphatic (it seemed to me) Irish steps contrasting with the Scottish steps.
Joy welcomed photos being taken, so here are some from the evening. If you get the chance to see them in Scotland or Ireland, do go! And maybe there is hope of there being a recording one day, who knows?!