The innovative Cape Breton quintet Slainte Mhath is keeping its traditional roots firmly planted, with a determination to making 21st century Celtic music and bringing it to a global audience.
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 intertwined with grooves, hooks, and sub-bass lines, all augmented with contemporary arrangements.
The diverse and cultural background of Slainte Mhath includes the musical versatility of Lisa Gallant (bodhran/percussion, fiddle and step-dancing), Boyd MacNeil (octave mandolin, fiddle, guitars and percussion), Ryan MacNeil (keyboards and percussion), Brian Talbot (drums and percussion) and John MacPhee (Highland bagpipes, Scottish reel pipes and Irish flute).
Slainte Mhath's new sounds explode on their latest album VA, a title that represents the phonetic pronunciation of Mhath. VA takes the fiercely talented young generation of musicians to another realm of creativity - combining those deep, traditional influences with modern-day nuances that will set popular culture on its ear.
Slainte Mhath has a growing fan base worldwide that keep a close eye on them through their very entertaining and informative website. Having toured extensively in Canada, the U.S.A., England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark and Mexico, the young group has honed its chops considerably.
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 making.
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