Barrule is an exciting new trio hailing from the smallest of Celtic countries, the Isle of Man. Named after the famous hill where it is said the ancient Celtic God Manannan Mac Lir once dwelled in his mighty fortress, Barrule is a mission undertaken by three musicians to take the unique sound of traditional Manx music to the wider world, where it remains largely undiscovered - until now.
Barrule is made up of three distinct musical forces in gifted twenty-year-old fiddler Tomas Callister, accordionist Jamie Smith (of Mabon), and accompanist Adam Rhodes on bouzouki (also of Mabon and Manx group King Chiaullee), who together form a versatile acoustic unit with a powerful, sometimes epic, sound.
The trio present a contemporary take on the folk music of the Isle of Man, exploring a diverse collection of material from rousing marches and jigs to sorrowful slow airs. They got off to a flying start in their first year, with a debut album funded by Culture Vannin and prominent festival appearances including Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany and Yn Chruinnaght festival in the Isle of Man, supporting the Scottish group Blazin' Fiddles. They have since performed at WOMAD 2013 and Celtic Connections in January 2014 and have racked up rave reviews.