Traditional Irish Music
With the release of Storm in a Teapot, The Celtic Fiddle Festival signals a return to the Scottish influences that were so evident when the group began almost a quarter of a century ago, with the sadly now departed founder member Johnny Cunningham. The CD, full of both exuberance and solemnity, was recorded at the renowned T-Pot Studio, in the Path of Condie in Scotland’s rural Perthshire - a place that is out of the way of all but the weather.
Hit by storms every day during the recording - snow storms, rain storms, wind storms, hail storms - the title soon became self evident. Storm in a Teapot seemed entirely appropriate for an album recorded during winter conditions that were so severe even the local crows were afraid to fly!
Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, The Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and cultural heritage, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers.
A similar approach has been taken in crafting the CD - certain tracks depict the unique qualities of the soloist’s native music while others portray the connections between the differing strands of the Celtic genre.
This is track 1 from the album titled Ricardo Portela - Muiñeira. The first tune was composed on the bagpipes in a Galician style and is named after a well know Galician gaita player. The second is a traditional "Muiñeira", a Galician type of Jig.
Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group. The quartet combines their considerable talents, rich musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. These traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires, and together conjure an unforgettable performance, playing with such relentless precision and fire, that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers.
Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddler, playing the fluid, highly-ornamented style of County Sligo. His formidable career includes the seminal Irish groups The Bothy Band and Patrick Street. Kevin received the NEA's National Heritage Award and the prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award.
Christian Lemaître honed his remarkable skills playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at festou-noz (night dances) throughout Brittany, the Celtic region of France. He is a founding member of the group Kornog, as well as Celtic Fiddle Festival.
Scotland's Charlie McKerron, of Capercaillie and Session A9, has won awards both as a player and compose. He restores a marvelously cultured Scottish accent to the group.
Nicolas Quemener is a master open-tuning guitarist, who grew up in Angers, France and studied percussion in the National School of Music. He has been a part of many superb Celtic bands, including Arcady, and Kornog, and continues to play and record with many acclaimed Breton and Irish artists.
The album has been receiving rave reviews with Sean Laffey of Irish Music Magazine describing it as “Stunning ensemble playing and superb solo performances… think Altan sipping brandy.”
Visit their website www.celticfiddlefestival.com.
The album can now be purchased or downloaded from www.loftusmusic.com
The album is also available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.
Christian Lemaître - Fiddle , Brittany
Charlie McKerron - Fiddle, Scotland
Kevin Burke - Fiddle - Ireland
Nicolas Quemener - Guitar, Brittany
Recorded : T-Pot Studio, path of Condie, Perthshire Scotland
Engineer : Rob Wynn Evans
Additional Recording : Bungalow 9 Studio and Coet Nouzic
Produced : The Celtic Fiddle Festival
Mixed : Coet Nouzic, Locmalo, 56160, Brittany
Mixing Engineer : Nicolas Quemener
Mastering Engineer : Jerome Orhan
Graphic Design : www.zapgraphics.com
Catering : Aly Claydon
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