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Fiddle Fair 2018 10th - 13th May

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Thursday 10 May | Saint Matthew's | 8.30pm

Dezi Donnelly & Michael McGoldrick

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To kick off Fiddle Fair 2018 we are delighted to welcome back 2 of our oldest pals, Dezi Donnelly and Michael McGoldrick to launch their new album, The Dog in the Fog. Playing together since they were young kids, they are quite simply two of the finest exponents of traditional music on the planet. They have played many memorable shows in Baltimore over the years but this will be the first acoustic one, magic!

It is a well known cliche, to describe a fiddle player as 'a devil fiddler' but in Dezi Donnelly's case this is more of an understatement! The sibling of a Manchester fiddler dynasty is both All Britain and All Ireland Champion, a title truly deserved for his brilliant jigs and reels.

Michael McGoldrick English low whistle, Irish flute, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, and bodhran player. He also plays other instruments such as guitar and mandolin in some of his tracks. A multi-instrumentalist, McGoldrick has been playing traditional Irish music since his early childhood days in the working class town of Manchester, England, thanks to his influential parents and thickly absorbed cultural background.

Friday 11 May | Fiddle Fair Marquee | 9:00pm

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall

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We are thrilled to welcome American superstar Rhiannon Giddens to this year's Fiddle Fair. A founder member of the legendary 'Carolina Chocolate Drops', this incredible lady plays fiddle and banjo and might just have the most amazing voice you'll ever hear. Her solo career has seen the release of two critically acclaimed records, Tomorrow is my Turn and Freedom Highway and her light is burning brighter and brighter all around the world. With a rich voice and an equally rich sense of history, Rhiannon animates American folk tradition with her electrifying song interpretations -

Tonight, Rhiannon is joined by Francesco Turrisi - an Italian pianist, percussionist and accordionist specialising in jazz, early music and Mediterranean music. Together they trace a distinctive musical globalism. Join as they journey from Africa and the Middle East, through Southern Europe and England, and over to the Americas for a hand-crafted evening of music across cultures.

Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall are the second Swedish band to visit our festival. Their repertoire is based on traditional Swedish tunes plus their own compositions.Their dazzling interplay and imaginative arrangements have established them as one of the most exciting and popular acts on today's folk scene. Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall's music is characterized by both pop and baroque influences, a great tonal range and an absolutely irresistible swing.

Emma Ahlberg was born in Sundsvall in the north of Sweden. She was brought up in a family of musicians, surrounded by music, much of which was in the folk music genre. At the age of five she began playing the fiddle and has over the years developed her own distinctly strong and personal style. She has studied Swedish folk music at Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. In the summer of 2010 she became a Riksspelman which is one of the highest accolades within Swedish folk music.

Daniel Ek was born and raised in Vuollerim, a small town in Lapland in the far north of Sweden.He began playing guitar at a young age and now works both as a freelance musician and music teacher. He can be seen in groups as Göran Månsson Band, with Sofia Karlsson and former Ranarim.

Niklas Roswall comes from the small village of Kverrestad in Skåne. He began playing the fiddle, but soon thereafter switched to the nyckelharpa. Niklas became a Riksspelman 1992 and won the title of World champion of chromatic nyckelharpa in 1996. Since graduating from music studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, he has worked as folk musician in a variety of contexts.

Saturday 12 May | Saint Matthew's | 1:00pm

Sheila Garry & Elaine Hogan

"Elaine Hogan on harp and Sheila Garry on fiddle play tunes on this new album that allow us to feel the pleasure they feel in playing and appreciating the tunes...Fine Music!" - Eoin O' Neill
€15 (€1 service fee applies)

One of our favourite albums from the past few years is The Shores Of Lough Breda from Clare musicians Sheila Garry and Elaine Hogan, which features the compositions of the late, great Paddy O'Donoghue from Tulla in East Clare. The recording has, at its heart, O'Donoghue's lyrical compositions brought out sensitively and soulfully by the fiddle and harp combination.

This project has been the culmination of a number of years work which initially began when Sheila and Elaine met in Bunratty Castle where they were employed as castle entertainers. Their musical connection was both instantaneous and mutual. The Shores of Lough Breda was the tune which ignited the idea of a recording, and their mutual admiration for Paddy's music lead them on a memorable journey.

Lunchtime concerts at Saint Matthew's are always very special and this show will prove no exception.

Saturday 12 May | Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre | 3pm

Ciaran Tourish and Kevin Doherty (to be confirmed)

Saturday 12 May | Fiddle Fair Marquee | 9pm

Heidi Talbot, John McCusker, Brendan Begley & Paul Meehan
Ulaid with Duke Special

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Heidi Talbot, John McCusker, Brendan Begley & Paul Meehan update coming

Ulaid with Duke SpecialWhen contemporary song writing and traditional Irish music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the new release A Note Let Go, a collaboration between traditional trio Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Duke Special.

Born Peter Wilson and known to his fans as Duke Special, this alternative rock, soul, and folk singer, songwriter, and pianist came to prominence with his debut, platinum selling album Songs from the Deep Forest in 2006. Since then he has released a dozen other recordings including Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children, a Paul Auster inspired album recorded by Steve Albini, the first ever recording of Kurt Weill's unfinished musical based on Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, an album based on the work of the founding fathers of art photography and most recently, the album Hallow, based on the poetry of renowned poet Michael Longley. He is an artistic magpie, inspired by theatre, visual art, literature and gramophones and the art of collaboration. Duke Special draws on a dusty, pre-rock and roll world of melody and is regarded as one of Ireland's finest voices.

Ulaid is an internationally acclaimed Belfast based traditional group steeped in the rich tradition of a thousand years. Belfast born John McSherry has been a major figure in Irish music for almost 20 years. Described by Irish Music Magazine as 'a true master' John is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of uilleann piping in the world today and has recorded with everyone from Sinead O'Connor to Nancy Griffiths to Gary Kemp and The Corrs.

Hailing from a famous family of musicians in the Cooley mountains, Dónal O'Connor has recorded and performed with the likes of Moya Brennan of Clannad, Liam O'Maonlaí, and John Spillane to name a few. He has also presented TV programmes for BBCNI, TG4 & BBC Alba and is a highly regarded record producer in his own right. Portglenone native and multi-instrumentalist, Seán Óg Graham is a member of the traditional group Beoga who have recently recorded and performed with Ed Sheeran having co-written his recent chart topping song Galway Girl.

Sunday 13 May | Saint Matthew's | 1:00pm

Ryan Young with Jen Butterworth

"Uniquely graceful and expressive playing. A future star of the Scottish fiddle world" - Aidan O'Rourke (Lau)

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One of the most exciting young fiddlers in Scotland, Ryan Young was a winner of the Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2007 at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival and was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in both 2007 and 2008. He was also a finalist in both 2015 and 2016 in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He has performed at many festivals across Scotland and abroad. Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. He is very influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare and has been fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin.

Ryan has just completed his MMus at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has just recorded his debut solo album, of his own and traditional Scottish tunes, with triple Grammy award winning producer Jesse Lewis. The album was released on August the 11th 2017 and Ryan launched the CD, accompanied by Dennis Cahill, at Feakle Festival, County Clare, Ireland.

Sunday 13 May | Glebe Gardens | 3pm

Sam Amidon (to be confirmed)

Sunday 13 May | Fiddle Fair Marquee | 9pm

Brittany & Natalie Haas
Pennoù Skoulm

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We are honoured to present the first international duo appearance by incredible American siblings Brittany and Natalie Haas. The Haas sisters have collaborated with each other many times over the years, whether it be appearing on each other's albums or playing in other people's bands. This is their first international duo appearance!

Brittany is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. She grew up honing her craft at string camps across the USA and developed her unique style of fiddling at the influence of her mentors, Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger. She has since toured with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings and seminal "chamber-grass" band Crooked Still. Highly in demand as a session musician, she has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and the Ellen DeGeneres show as part of Steve Martin's bluegrass band. Now residing in Nashville, Brittany currently performs with her quartet Hawktail, the Dave Rawlings Machine, and the house band for Live from Here, hosted by Chris Thile.

Natalie is one of the most sought-after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for over 18 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Natalie has also toured with Mark O'Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Altan, Solas, and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Natalie now teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.

Pennoù Skoulm was created in 1982, this band arose from the musicians participating in the two concert bands Kornog and Gwerz. At first the band sounded more like a "work-in-progress-live-band" than the usual fest-noz band ! Several musicians participated in Pennoù Skoulm's original adventure, including the piper Patrick Molard who made an essential contribution to the present album's repertoire, and the guitarist Soïg Siberil, recently replaced by Nicolas Quemener.

Pennoù Skoulm played throughout Europe and the USA, in concert and in fest-noz.The five musicians on this CD have very varied careers, having appeared with many famous artists of various musical styles, and their influence as a band, as well as individuals, has strongly influenced the lively world of the breton music.

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