Saturday 13th May 2017
Organisers of Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank are delighted to welcome back one of the Island’s most brilliant and sought after live acts. Closing last year’s first ever Cyclefest in true style, Mec Lir will this time open the PokerStars Main Stage in a home coming gig that’s not to be missed!
Boasting three of the Isle of Man’s most skilful and well-respected musicians alongside one of Scotland’s freshest talents, Mec Lir is the cross-border supergroup that cleverly blends foot stomping beats with classic Celtic trad – always allowing the melody to flourish.
Whether across the sea to Scotland, across the Channel to France, or across the Atlantic to Cape Breton, Mec Lir’s infectious brand of ‘trad pop’ has had audiences everywhere up on their feet. Indeed, the band even went viral with 2 million views of one of their festival appearances!
The band consists of virtuosic Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister (Barrule, Ímar), along with fellow Manxies Adam Rhodes on bouzouki (Barrule, Ímar) and David Kilgallon on keyboard (Chronicles), with Scotland’s Greg Barry (The Elephant Sessions) providing that big drum sound. They released their debut 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 the pumping polkas of The Ram.
Working around their multiple musical projects, the four members of Mec Lir have had a very busy few years playing many of the biggest festivals such as Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. This year also sees the group visit the famous Shetland Folk Festival.
Meanwhile, a new album is in the pipeline and due for release early 2017. So keep your ears open for new tunes and your feet beating a path to Milntown this May.
Wristband tickets are on sale now with prices starting from just £10 for adults with discounts available across weekend tickets and family bundles.