VARO are Dublin-based singers and fiddle players Lucie Azconaga (from France) and Consuelo Nerea Breschi (from Italy) who perform Irish traditional songs and tunes with arrangement influences from the Folk, Baroque and Classical traditions, weaving around the melodies with harmonies, drones and countermelody.
The duo met in 2015 having moved to Dublin to pursue their love for Irish traditional music, and immediately started a fruitful collaboration. They travelled to Ireland along different musical paths, Lucie from jazz, classical music, and French folk, Consuelo from traditional Irish, folk, and world music.
Over the years, Lucie and Consuelo have had the pleasure of working in various other projects, such as Landless, Lisa O' Neill's Band, Ye Vagabonds, The Morning Tree, Alasourse, The Nomadic Piano Project; and now, they putting the final touches on a collaboration album.
This ambitious collaboration project, which will culminate in a series of live music videos, and a new album, featurea 12 of Ireland’s most exciting and exceptionally talented traditional and folk musicians on the scene: Ian Lynch (Lankum), Junior Brother, Slow Moving Clouds, Niamh Bury, Inni-K, John Francis Flynn, Cormac McDiarmada (Lankum) + Ruth Clinton, Anna Mieke, Lemoncello, Alannah Thornburgh, Landless, Branwen, and Alfi. The project is set for release Autumn 2022. The first single will be shared in April.
“Varo is the name of a river that, centuries ago, used to represent the border between France and Italy, then went from being more French to more Italian, basically through time, it couldn't really choose a nationality... as the two of us, coming from two different countries and finding ourselves falling in love with the Irish music and its culture” _ Lucie Azconaga and Consuelo Nerea Breschi (Varo)
It is an exciting time for Irish folk music, and Varo’s accomplished debut should position them at the forefront of the scene" _ Folk Radio UK
“The delicious austerity of the baroque intertwined with the current Dublin traditional music scene. Varo have mastered the art of subtle layering of tunes…” _ The Irish Times
“Varo do magic things to traditional tunes…” Hot Press