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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh October 4, 2014

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

There is something captivating about the fiddle/ hardanger playing of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Slow, meticulous, minimalist, a slow droning style. I’ve seen him a few times in different groups and on his own over the years and his style is captivating.
His website gives the best description…

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays traditional and contemporary folk music on Hardanger d’Amore and other fiddles.

In addition to being an established solo artist, he performs with two groups The Gloaming and This is How we Fly, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O’Brien & Brendan Begley, a trio with Martin Hayes & Peadar Ó Riada, and as part of many other collaborative projects.

Caoimhín’s distinctive sound can be traced back to an early interest in both the sound of the flat-pitch uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music of Kerry and Clare. A proclivity for tuning the fiddle below concert pitch and a tendency to play on two strings simultaneously had already given him a unique and distinctive sound when he first encountered the Norwegian hardanger fiddle, which has since become his chosen instrument. He plays an unusual 10-string instrument made by Salve Håkedal, which lies somewhere between a traditional hardanger and a viola d’amore. The bows he uses are equally beautiful: baroque and transitional bows made by French bowmaker, Michel Jamonneau.

Highlights of 2014 include performing at the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall & Union Chapel in London, the National Concert Hall in Dublin (thrice), a solo concert tour in Italy, a week-long residency in New York, and The Gloaming reaching No.1 in the Irish Album Charts.

He has released twelve CDs to date: two solo albums, Music for an Elliptical Orbit (2014) & Where the One-Eyed Man is King (2007); a duo album with Dan Trueman, Laghdú (2014); two eponymous albums with the groups The Gloaming (2014) & This is How we Fly (2013); Deadly Buzz (2011) & Kitty Lie Over (2003) with Mick O’Brien; A Moment of Madness (2010) with Brendan Begley; Triúr Omós (2013), Triúr Arís (2012) & Triúr sa Draighean (2010) with Martin Hayes and Peadar Ó Riada; and Comb Your Hair and Curl It (2010) with Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Catherine McEvoy.


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