Bringing the curtain down on the 30th anniversary gathering of the Baltimore Fiddle Fair are fiddle player and singer Zoë Conway, guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny and button accordion
Bringing the curtain down on the 30th anniversary gathering of the Baltimore Fiddle Fair are fiddle player and singer Zoë Conway, guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny and button accordion master Máirtín O’Connor. The illustrious trio draw on an eclectic mix of the old and new, where traditional tunes and songs meet each of their diverse influences and unique compositional voices.
All-Ireland champion fiddle player, Zoë Conway, is an awesome talent equally at home playing and singing with Rodrigo y Gabriella, Lisa Hannigan, as a guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, performing with Lou Reed and Nick Cave, or touring the world with Riverdance. However, traditional Irish music remains close to her heart, witnessed in her highly-acclaimed solo albums. Guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny needs no introduction, having made his name as a member of the hugely influential groups Planxty, The Bothy Band, Altan, Moving Hearts, Ushers Island and his latest ensemble project, Atlantic Arc. A gifted composer, arranger and producer, Lunny has produced albums for many leading figures in traditional music including Christy Moore, Séamus Ennis, Dolores Keane, Liam Weldon, Daoirí Farrell and the Kilfenora Céili Band.
The consummate button box player, Máirtín O’Connor was part of the original Riverdance phenomenon. Add to that his work with bands such as De Dannan, Midnight Well and Skylark, his reputation as a composer and solo artist, and recording sessions with Elvis Costello and Mark Knopfler, and it’s easy to see why O’Connor is regarded as one of the leading exponents on his instrument.
A decade on from their first performance – and with three acclaimed albums under their belt – RANT (pictured below) remain at the forefront of the Scottish fiddle scene. The meeting of four of the country’s finest players, the quartet use just their fiddles to weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Bethany Reid from Shetland, Anna Massie and Lauren MacColl from the Highland peninsula of the Black Isle, and latest member Gillian Frame from Arran join forces to showcase the combined resonance of their instruments with repertoire unearthed from both old collections and their own contemporary writing. RANT create a sound which is both spacious and lush, yet retaining all the earthy bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player.
Their latest album, The Portage, was recorded over four days in the renowned Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, the only church in the world to be designed by architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The recording – a stark and honest reflection of their live sound – was awarded ‘Top of the World’ status from Songlines magazine. Since the release of their debut album, RANT, in 2013 which won them critical acclaim in the form of a Herald Angel Award for outstanding performance across all the Edinburgh Festivals , the band have made major festival and concert appearances across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. They provided strings for Julie Fowlis’ Gach Sguel album, and their music has been used for national television programmes in Britain. Their live set reflects their years of honing their sound together and their love for the music of their respective home regions through their writing, repertoire and stories.
Tickets, each costing €35/30/25 plus €1 fee, are available from https://fiddlefair.com/zoe-conway-donal-lunny-mairtin-oconnor.
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