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Over the last twelve years Gan Ainm (Gaelic for “No Name”) have established themselves as Singapore’s number 1 Celtic Band. With an extensive repertoire of Irish traditional and contemporary folk music, mixed with a dash of Scots songs and Celtic-influenced American pieces, the band have entertained audiences at bars, clubs and functions throughout Singapore and South East Asia.
Originally started as a small acoustic group, the line-up of Gan Ainm has changed over the years to their current 7-piece folk-rock incarnation. The band are:
Alexander Gow (fiddle / electric mandola / vocals) joined the band in 2005, bringing his Scots traditional roots to the mix and encouraging the nand to diversify into a broader celtic territory. Alex has gigged all over the UK and Ireland with his former bands The Alterboys and The Wee Alex Band, and has toured throughout South East Asia with his covers duo The Disclaimers and his original solo act My Bad Self. He is also a songwriter and has added a few original pieces which the band have developed into their repertoire.
Neville Smith (whistles / flute / electric bagpipes /sax) is well known around the traditional scene, not just in Singapore but throughout South East Aia where he has been based for much of his life. It was through sessions in Singapore that he became introduced to the band, joining in 2006. His previous bands include Concrete Parachute (UK), No Fixed Abode (Bangkok) and Murphy's Law (Kuala Lumpar), and he has made guest appearances with numerous other bands.
Miles McLean (guitar / bass / vocals) was first professionally introduced to the band through his work as a sound engineer, a trade in which he has been involved since his teens in the UK. He has also made a name for himself in Singapore and the region with his solo gigs, the duo The Disclaimers, and his full band The Rogue Traders, and so when the position of guitarist in Gan Ainm became vacant he was a natural replacement. Despite having no formal background in traditional music he has taken to it like a duck to water and has been the rhythmical heart of the band since 2008.
Eoin Ó Muimhneacháin (squeezebox / vocals) grew up in Cork where, as a young lad, he was taught to play accordion by an old woman from Kerry. As a teen he ignored all he had learned and formed a Pogues cover band called The Shamrogues, which at Uni eventually became the even more cleverly titled The Undertrads. In 2009 he left Cork and hauled his accordion to Singapore, but 2 years later, having failed to find much use for it, he reluctantly concluded that there was no Irish music in Sg... Then he met Nev and Alex in a pub, who quickly set him straight and press-ganged him into joining Gan Ainm, where he has been drinking heavily ever since...
Justin La Spina (drums) has been a friend of the band and regular gig-goer since moving to Singapore, officially joining in 2012 as part of the new expanded line-up. He has also made guest appearances at gigs by The Disclaimers and My Bad Self, alongside Gan Ainm bandmates Alex and Miles, and provided session support for a host of other Singapore based acts.
Ignacio Calumarte (bass / guitar) was exiled from Ireland three years ago for being too skint. Luckily he found his way to Singapore and into the welcoming arms of Gan Ainm! Belfast born but with a Latin heritage, he has a varied musical background, playing electric, classical and acoustic guitar in line ups ranging from rock to baroque. His knowledge of traditional Irish music makes him a perfect fit for the band - even if his previous bass experience was playing for a Northern Irish metal band and for the Fyfe Orchestra in Scotland!