The new Trad "Power Trio" performing music and songs from the Isle of Man

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The unique sound of traditional Manx music: the Celtic world’s best kept secret – until now! Stand by for
the arrival of Barrule, an exciting new trio hell bent on taking the Isle of Man’s music to a wider world.

Named after the famous Manx summit, where legend says the ancient Celtic God Manannan Mac Lir
stalked his mighty fortress, Barrule fuses three distinct musical forces – Mabon frontman and accordion
wizard Jamie Smith, gifted 20 year-old fiddle-player Tomás Callister and versatile accompanist Adam
Rhodes on bouzouki. Together this compact but versatile acoustic unit create a powerful and wholly
distinctive sound to put the small island in the Irish Sea firmly on the map.

With bold but sensitive arrangements, Barrule's fresh take on traditional and contemporary Manx music
evokes an atmosphere that reflects the diverse natural beauty of the island and the lives of its inhabitants.

Their eponymous debut album, released in May this year, showcases a rich collection of material from
rousing marches, jigs and reels to sorrowful slow airs and beautiful songs sung in both English and the
Manx Gaelic language.

Elevating the Isle of Man’s native music to a new level of performance and musicianship, the trio with the
big band sound have already overjoyed audiences at internationally renowned festivals such as WOMAD
and Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany.

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“An exciting sound – real zest and quality” The Telegraph

“Players of conviction and passion” The Scotsman

participating in

  • WOMEX 2013


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