Album Review - Kiérah / Stonemason's Daughter

Growing up the youngest of seven children in British Columbian stonemason family with strong Irish historical roots, Kierah must have felt a real need to stand out, and stand out she does with her newly released album. It's not just her technical prowess as a traditional fiddler that makes her new album, Stonemason's Daughter, note-worthy, it's her touch with the old tunes and her taste for composing new ones. On the set "That Dang Paddy Ryan," Kierah reins in the speedy fiddling and tucks into two great Irish tunes, reveling in the back beat that so rarely gets drawn out of that music. Her sets of Scottish Cape Breton tunes are wonderful as well, which is worth noting; Cape Breton fiddling is just about the trickiest tradition of Celtic fiddling to pull off. Her original tunes are great as well, not sounding totally derivative of traditional tunes, but sounding grounded enough in the tradition to be fun to play for most other fiddlers. The album was produced by Adrian Dolan, the fiddler/multi-instrumentalist from The Bills (who's also touring with Ruth Moody) and he brings a subtle hand to the album, giving Kierah's fiddling a powerful backing that really completes this package. On the set of original tunes "Granville Island Espresso" he whips himself and guitarist Adam Dobres (also from Ruth Moody's band) into such a frenzy that the track becomes pretty epic. It's not usual to hear acoustic traditional music kicking this much butt. Stonemason's Daughter appears to be Kierah's third album, since she's been fiddling and recording since she was just a kid. With this new album she's matured into one of the best young Celtic fiddlers in Western Canada and a name to watch.

Saturday, May 25, 11:30am
Northwest Court Stage.

Kierah: That Dang Paddy Ryan


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