Two impressive studio tracks from new Dublin band Obtuse

New Dublin band Obtuse have released two studio tracks comprising a number of new compositions. The fiddle and flute of Kevin Meehan and Tomás Ó Dálaigh combine to create a very modern sound, with the influence of Aldoc, Kan and Lau evident in the compositions and arrangements.

Dale McKay on Bodhrán and Laura Doherty on guitar make up the rest of the band. “We all met at festivals like Willie Clancy week and The Fleadh. Myself and Kevin had similar interests musically and had thoughts of starting a group for a year or two now” said Tomás Ó Dálaigh.

“We had been playing a lot with Laura during the Fleadh in Sligo last year. When looking for accompaniment we knew she understood the sound we were going for and was interested in a band. Dale we picked up later along the way from playing with in sessions. His style of percussion was ideal for our music adding an extra push or drive to it.”

The second track called  includes La Valse Des Pastouriaux which they got from the playing of Nuala Kennedy and they pair this with a basque tune called Mendiokerra.  Other influences come from  Danú, Dervish, Michael McGoldrick, Aidan O'Rourke, Cormac Breathnach and many more.

“We hope to get a new album recorded for December. It will be filled with some more new compositions as well as some traditional standards. We will be staying true to the fast upbeat style with some interesting variety on the slower sets."

On the prospect of  new recording Tomás says “It’s early days yet and a lot has yet to be decided but we’re full of ideas and looking forward to putting it together. The Arts council have funding schemes that help traditional musicians to get into studio but the process seems slow and uncertain for a young band.”

“Sites like Fund It are a brilliant idea to cover the upfront costs of getting into studio. This is something we have thought about using in future.

We have been fortunate in working with sound engineer Alex Borwick of the band The Young Folk who has gotten us into great studios while taking into account we are a young bunch. Not full time musicians yet.”

Visit the band on www.facebook.com/obtusetrad

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Comment by Olaf Sickmann on August 9, 2015 at 17:12

lovely music :-)

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