Mec Lir (SCO)

When, in 2014, Mec Lir burst upon the Celtic music scene, they smashed the preconceptions of how the music should sound. Crisp synth and compressed drums gave the lightning fast tunes a distinctly eighties backdrop. Mec Lir are fiddler Tomas Callister, Adam Rhodes on bouzouki and David Kilgallon on keyboard, all principal figures in the traditional music of the Isle of Man. The band’s fourth face is the Scots drummer Greg Barry. These musicians are also known from Ímar and Elephant Sessions, both well-known for their appearances at Tønder Festival. Mec Lir has built up a name as an effervescent live band, through their energy and creativity. Their playful side shows when they all play Foxhunters Reel on one violin. This trick was caught on video at a Festival Interceltique press meeting, and went viral, scoring over two million hits on Facebook. In 2020, the album Livewire was released, produced during the corona lockdown. The album was very well reviewed, RnR Magazine calling it “perhaps the most energetic album you’ll hear this year”. Their only Danish festival in 2023.