The Jeremiahs are back – and with new piper Calum Stewart, the band and its sound are stronger than ever.
Formed in early 2013, the Irish based band first brought their unique combination of traditional and contemporary sounds to An Lanntair in August 2014.
And the four-strong group of music-makers return their brand of Urban Folk music to the Stornoway arts centre stage this month with a not-to-be-missed show on Tuesday, June 7th.
“We definitely found An Lanntair and the people very welcoming for us,” said Jeremiahs' vocalist Joe Gibney
“Being first timers there we remember commenting on the venue in general and 'Class' was the word that reared its head several times. An Lanntair is clearly very professionally run and the sound man who came personally to meet us at the boat was a cool guy and most helpful,” he continued.
“We've been chomping at the bit to return to Scotland, cross the Minch and go out onto that stage and just do what we love to do, with some new additions to the sound and some new and exciting compositions and arrangements.
“And judging by our first run out, it will hopefully be another great experience.”
Since their first show in Lewis, the band have released their self-titled debut album and toured and performed in far off places in America, Russia and throughout Europe.
And with the new addition of piper Calum Stewart, the band and its sound are stronger than ever. An Uillean piper and flautist from Garmouth in Scotland, brought up in a musical household, Calum's powerful and lyrical playing style is clearly rooted in the traditional music of his native northern Scotland; but with influences stemming from the Irish, Breton and Scandinavian traditions. “Simply for us though, Calum is a brilliant player,” said talented Dublin born singer Joe, himself inspired by a melting pot of influences.
Joining Joe and Calum in the band is fiddle player Jean Christoph (JC) Morel, from Bordeaux, France, who began his 'musical metamorphosis on the violin' at just four years old.
JC went on to study classical music, completing his Masters degree in Classical Music Performance in 2014 in the Conservatory National Superior of Music and Dance of Lyon.
“In the midst of all his studies, JC began a love affair with Irish music and on a trip to Ireland to pursue his love he met some like-minded people and the rest, as they say...is only getting started,” said Joe. And making up The Jeremiahs' foursome is guitarist and bouzouki player James Ryan. Born in Saggart County, Dublin, James was also brought up with musical parents, a start which saw him become an accomplished musician, playing guitar and bouzouki, as well as creating many of the band's compositions, and travelling to many countries to showcase his talent.
The Jeremiahs are delighted and excited to be bringing their 'traditional Irish music with a twist' back to the Stornoway spotlight, but what can audiences expect from a Jeremiahs jam? “Everything is relative but hopefully most people's perspective of The Jeremiahs in concert is one of a great experience,” said James.
“We know different things have different meanings for people and from speaking to people that know our music already this seems to be the case; like a certain song can arouse a special memory or a particular tune can take the listener on a personal journey, and ultimately, this is the feeling we strive to create for new listeners too.
“For us, an ideal scenario would be for those who are already familiar with us to go away with the musical thirst quenched and for the new audience to go away with all the emotions tickled, and with maybe a 'time stood still' type of memory.”
He added: “Yet most importantly for us is for everyone to leave with the massive urge to come back and do it all again...as fans!”
The Jeremiahs perform in An Lanntair, Stornoway, on Tuesday, June 7th. And for more about the band, and their music, please visit