Two of New York’s premier Sligo-style fiddlers, Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco joined together in 1981 to record a single album: The Apple in Winter.
Conway is a Senior All-Ireland champion and both he and DeMarco are held in high regard for their respect for and mastery of the tradition of the American Sligo-style of ornamental fiddle playing made popular by artists such as Michael Coleman, Andy McGann, and Paddy Reynolds.
John Williams has been hailed by the Irish Times as “a musician of remarkable sophistication.” Born in Chicago to Irish parents, he carries three generations of traditional County Clare music within him, from both his father Brendan and his grandfather, Johnny Williams. John is an award-winning accordion and concertina player with five All-Ireland titles to his credit, and is the first American-born competitor to take first place in the Senior Concertina category. His additional talents on flute, whistles, bodhran, and piano distinguish his as a much sought after multi-instrumentalist in the national session scene.
John’s latest album is Steam (GLCD1215), a powerhouse of ensemble playing that invigorates the traditional artform. A founding member of the acclaimed Irish group Solas, John re-unites with his former bandmates Séamus Egan and John Doyle on Steam, as well as with Chicago fiddler extraordinaire Liz Carroll, guitarists Dennis Cahill and Dean Magraw, bassist Larry Gray (Ramsey Lewis) and percussionist Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group). Amazon.com says of the album, “John Williams is a button accordion and concertina player of rare ability, ably demonstrated on Steam. To play with the feeling that Williams does, you need a profound understanding of the music that transcends technique.”
John recently served as Traditional Music Director in the upcoming Dreamworks feature film The Road to Perdition, a story of the Chicago Irish mafia in the 1930s starring Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh and directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty). The film is scheduled for a late 2002 release.
John has appeared on numerous recording and soundtracks, including the PBS special Out of Ireland, The Brothers McMullen, and Traveller. His solo debut release on Green Linnet Records was included in the Irish Echo’s Top Ten traditional releases for 1995. In Solas, Williams received wide recognition playing to sold-out audiences internationally and earning both a NAIRD award and a Grammy nomination for the ensemble’s self-titled 1996 release on Shanachie Records. Most recently, John has been touring and recorded as a member of Tim O’Brien’s acclaimed Appalachian-Celtic ensemble, The Crossing.
Some of John’s dynamic solo performances have been captured on two award winning compilation discs, Dear Ol’ Erin’s Isle (Nimbus) and The Twentieth Anniversary Collection (Green Linnet). The first received the Library of Congress honorary distinction as an outstanding folk recording in 1992; and the second, a double CD of the finest Green Linnet recordings, occupied the top 15 of the Billboard World Music Charts for an unprecedented 17 weeks in 1996. John has also collaborated with friends Martin Hayes, Seamus Egan, and Joannie Madden on their individual albums.
Williams has performed at the Barns of Wolftrap in the Folkmasters Concert Series, as well as The World Accordion Festival in Montmagny, Quebec. Other festivals include the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the National Folk Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has played concerts in New York, London, Paris, Brittany, Zurich, Dublin, Belfast, and Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland. National Public Radio performances include Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, and the 1997 broadcast of the July 4th Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C. He has been the subject of the Irish radio program The Long Note and television program The Pure Drop. John has also been interviewed and recorded on BBC and CBC radio.
Williams performed at taught at the prestigious Willie Clancy Summer School in Co. Clare, Ireland, the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, West Virginia, and the Swannanoa Gathering at the Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. At home in Chicago, John has taught for seven years at the Irish American Heritage Center and performed to thousands of Chicago area school children in Urban Gateways, the country’s leading arts and education agency. John was a guest soloist with Chicago’s Symphony of the Shores and served as music consultant and principal recording artist for the Goodman Theatre’s production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa in 1994.
John has been highlighted in Chicago Magazine’s Best of Chicago issue as “Best Squeezeboxer for 2003,” with a full-page photo of John and his concertina at the local pub.
For more information on John Williams, visit www.johnwilliamsmusic.com.
Quotes From the Press
“There is no denying that John Williams is a fine musician…Williams shows great versatility, playing button accordion Anglo concertina, flute and whistle, all adding up to a very well made and superbly recorded CD.” – The Living Tradition
“Multi-instrumentalist John Williams’ Steam is a lively, spirited rendition of some of the best Irish traditional music.” – New Age Voice
Unless you’ve heard them before, you’ve never quite heard anything like the Deighton Family. And if you are familiar with them, then you know that they really are a family of mixed South Moluccan/ English heritage who combine folk, Celtic, Cajun, bluegrass, rock, and everything else around to introduce some of the most refreshing and uplifting music this side of heaven.
JOANIE MADDEN is the Grammy Award winning whistle and flute player who has been the leader of Cherish the Ladies since its inception. Born in New York of Irish parents, she is the second oldest of seven children raised in a musical household; her mother Helen, a dancer of traditional sets hails from Miltown Malbay, County Clare and her father Joe, an All-Ireland Champion on the accordion, comes from Portumna in East Galway.
Joanie received her musical training early in life listening to her father and his friends play music at family gatherings and social events. She began taking lessons from Jack Coen, and within a few short years she had won both the world Championship on the concert flute and whistle. During that time, Joanie also became the first American to win the coveted Senior All-Ireland Championship on the whistle.
Throughout her stellar and luminous career, she has amassed a plethora of awards and citations to her credit including; the youngest member inducted into the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame, voted twice as one of the Top 100 Irish Americans in the Country by Irish America Magazine, recipient of the Wild Geese Award, named the top traditional musician of the year by the Irish Echo Newspaper, and recently she became the youngest person – and only the second female to be inducted into the Comhaltas Traditional Musicians hall of fame, all for her contributions to promoting and preserving Irish culture in America.
She is in constant demand as a studio musician and has performed on over a hundred albums running the gamut from Pete Seeger to Sinead O’Connor. Joanie has played on three Grammy award-winning albums and her involvement on the Hearts of Space labels’ “Celtic Twilight” CD led to a platinum album with over 1,000,000 sales. In the past years she has toured with the Eagles’ Don Henley and was also a featured soloist on the final Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
In addition to being considered a character, Joanie is also the top selling whistle player in history having sold over 500,000 albums. She has recorded three highly successful solo albums; “A Whistle on the Wind”, “Song of the Irish Whistle” and “Song of the Irish Whistle 2”.
The trio comprised of guitarist and vocalist Robbie O’Connell, accordionist Mick Moloney, and piano accordionist Jimmy Keane formed in the mid 1980s after playing together with the Green Fields of America tour. They collaborated with fiddle virtuoso Liz Carroll to create There Were Roses in 1985, and then released KilKelly in 1987 as a trio.
Described as a “national treasure,” by Ireland’s top music magazine, Waterford-born guitarist and vocalist Robbie O’Connell played with the Clancy Brothers off and on throughout the 1990s.
Equally qualified as a musician and anthropologist, Irish-American immigrant Mick Moloney has recorded and/or produced over forty traditional Irish albums, has advised for hundreds of American festivals and concerts. Moloney has also taught at multiple American universities, been featured on PBS, Irish Television, and American Public Television, and holds some of the most prestigious awards in his field.
London native piano accordionist, composer, producer, and arranger Jimmy Keane has been considered the savior of the piano accordion. Starting his musical career with five consecutive All-Ireland championships, Keane has since recorded and performed with nearly all of the living greats of Irish music.
Chicago-born All-Ireland fiddle champion and National Heritage Award winner, Liz Carroll is considered one of the world’s leading Celtic fiddlers and composers. Named 2001’s “Traditional Artist of the Year,” by the Irish Echo, Carroll has become internationally recognized for her dazzling style and original tunes, many of which have entered the traditional repertoire here and abroad.
Vocalist Triona Ni Dhomhnaill of the Bothy Band formed the Touchstone in the early 1980s after immigrating to North Carolina. Made up of North American musicians Claudine Langille, Zan McLeod, and Mark Roberts, Touchstone wove threads of American bluegrass and old-time music Irish traditional music. The quartet recorded two albums, The New Land (Green Linnet, 1993) and Jealousy (Green Linnet, 1993).
Celtic folk-rock band, Rare Air (formerly named Na Cabarfeidh) was founded by in the late 70s by Canadian bagpipers Pat O’Gorman and Grier Coppins.
When still called Na Cabarfeidh, the band’s music incorporated a funk bass and Polynesian percussion with the traditional Celtic music of Brittany, North America, and Ireland. Utilizing traditional Celtic instrumentation of flutes and whistles, alongside bombardes, keyboards, and a funk bass guitar, the pipe-heavy band created a unique sound that took them around the world. Rare Air released six albums total, including Green Linnet titles Hard to Beat(1987), Primeval (1989), and Space Piper (1991).
Considered to be one of the most talented fiddlers in Ireland today, Sligo-style fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada is the fiddler and founder of Teada, an Irish traditional band dubbed "one of the most exciting traditional groups to emerge in recent years,” (Irish World)
Mac Diarmada’s Sligo fiddling embraces the “Pure traditional fiddling, raw and unadorned and all the better for it," (Hot Press) and has a "lonesome magnificence," (Irish Times) that only the best Sligo fiddlers ever achieve.
In 2001, Mac Diarmada co-founded the traditional Irish band Teada (“strings”). Monaghan native Seán McElwain (banjo and bouzouki), Co. Laois’s Paul Finn (accordion), Dubliner Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán), and John Blake rounded out the group, and in 2005, Blake left the group and was replaced by Sligo flautist Damien Stenson. Mac Diarmada described the creation of Teada as "really a very organic process… we wanted to capture some of that rawness and individuality of the solo artist within the dynamic of a full band.”
A graduate of Trinity College in Dublin with a degree in Music Education, Mac Diarmada has released several recordings, including acclaimed solo Ar an bhFidil on Green Linnet in 2003 and four with Teada. In 2001, he founded Ceol Productions, a management, booking, and consultancy agency for traditional Irish artists.
For nearly a decade, Wolfstone’s music has brought its Highland spirit and youthful exuberance to the soul of Scottish tradition. What began as a traditional dance band has evolved into a Celtic rock extravaganza, crossing musical, cultural and age boundaries and winning fans around the world.
Fiddler Duncan Chisholm and guitarist Stuart Eaglesham first met in the late 1980s at a pub session in Inverness, Scotland, and formed a band for ceilidhs (Scottish dances). In 1989, they performed at the Highland Traditional Music Festival in Dingwall, fusing drums and bass with keyboards, pipes, guitar and fiddle. The combination was a hit. They were soon offered local gigs that expanded into tours up and down the length and breadth of the Highlands and the Islands.
Within two years, Wolfstone recorded its first album, Unleashed (GLCD3093), produced by Silly Wizard accordion virtuoso Phil Cunningham. During this time, the band was offered a support slot for the popular Scottish crossover group Runrig at Loch Lomond near Glasgow. The exposure and experience of playing for such a large audience catapulted them into a new circuit. They began playing larger venues and festivals, not only in the UK, but also increasingly in Europe, North America and Canada.
The follow-up album The Chase (GLCD3088) built upon their success and brought new members to their line-up. In 1992, drummer Mop Youngson, from Aberdeen and bassist Wayne Mackenzie, from Inverness, joined the pack. The thrill of the Highland bagpipes was added with piper Alan Wilson, later succeeded by the talented Stevie Saint from Pitlochry. In the meantime, Unleashed and The Chase went silver and gold, respectively, in Scotland.
In 1993, Wolfstone signed with Green Linnet Records and released Year of the Dog (GLCD1145) , marking their third collaboration with Phil Cunningham. They began a hectic touring schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, thrilling crowds at festivals and concert halls with their high-energy performances. Highlights included appearances at such major American festivals as Telluride, Strawberry, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Milwaukee Irish Festival, and in Europe at Tönder (Denmark), L’orient (France), and Cambridge (England).
As their recognition increased, so did the demand for their presence, until they spent more time on the road than they did at home. After recording The Half Tail (GLCD1172) in 1995, keyboardist Stuart Eaglesham departed the band for a quieter life, and Youngson followed suit. The remaining Wolfstone members took this opportunity to limit their appearances to festivals and take a new direction with their music. In the meantime, a best-selling compilation Pick of the Litter (GLCD1180) was released in 1997.
In early 1998, Green Linnet released This Strange Place (GLCD1188) , an album featuring the accomplished acoustic guitarwork and introspective songs of Ivan Drever. Co-produced by Drever and Wayne Mackenzie, the recording represented a departure from their previous work and offered proof of the band’s versatility.
Since then, keyboardist Andy Simmers and drummer Tony Soave have stepped in, and Ivan Drever has moved on to pursue other projects. Stuart Eaglesham now leads the pack as vocalist, as well as penning four cuts on the group’s latest outing, Seven (GLCD1198). A diverse mix of Celtic pop and folk with a touch of rock & roll, the album marks new territory for the band. With a two year break from heavy touring, the sextet is charged with renewed energy, and looks forward to electrifying audiences around the world again in the coming months.
- Stuart Eaglesham (lead vocals, guitar)
- Duncan Chisholm (fiddle, backing vocals)
- Wayne Mackenzie (bass, backing vocals)
- Stevie Saint (pipes, whistles)
- Andy Simmers (keyboards)
- Tony Soave (drums)
A trio of awesome virtuosity and drive – the legendary Joe Burke on accordion, piper Michael Cooney, and singer/guitarist Terry Corcoran.
Joe Burke, East Galway accordion player, has influenced innumerable box players worldwide through his illustrious career.
From his first public performance in 1955 to current recordings and tours, Burke has held a special place in the rolls of Irish traditional musicians. Known for his stylish use of triplets and rolls, he was been the recipient of awards such as the AIB Traditional Musician of the Year Award 1997and Gradam An Chomhaltais 2003.
A well-loved and respected teacher, Burke has offered his expertise to students from Co. Leitrim, Ireland to Paris, France, Dallas, Texas and various logging and fishing towns in Alaska.
He frequently performs with his wife, accordion and guitar player Anne Conroy Burke and has recorded with many musical greats including Andy McCann and Felix Dolan, Sean Maguire and Josephine Keegan, Michael Cooney and Terry Corcoran, Charlie Lennon, Frankie Gavin, Kevin Burke, Brian Conway, Noreen O’Donoghue and Mike Rafferty.
Tipperary native uilleann piper Michael Cooney came from a family of pipers as his father and uncles were highland pipers in the Sean Tracey Pipe Band, founded by his grandfather and great-uncles. At a very young age, Cooney’s father took him all over the country for the best musical instruction available.
His early teachers included legendary fiddler Sean Ryan, and tin whitsle player Dan Cleary, the leader of the Ballinamere Ceili Band. During the folk revival of the early 1970s, Cooney received his first set of pipes. Because pipers were few and far between in the hills of Tipperary, Cooney learned his repertoire from local accordion and fiddle players and his piping techniques from the recordings uilleann pipe legends Willie Clancy and Seamus Eagan.
In the 1980s, Cooney won several All-Ireland solo championships in both the pipes and whistle competitions and toured the US with Andy McGann, Paddy Reynolds, and Joe Burke. In 1986, the duo released an album, Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part (Green Linnet) with the accompaniment of guitarist and vocalist Terry Corcoran. Since then, Conney recorded his first solo effort A Stone’s Throw (Green Linnet) featuring Sligo fiddler Kevin Burke.
Singer/guitarist Terry Corcoran has been featured on albums such as the Smithsonian Folkways’ Classic Maritime Music (2004), and Green Linnet’s Celtophile collection’s The Celts Rise Again (1998), and has worked with button accordion player Larry Egan among others.
Irish vocalist Susan McKeown has been called “the most strikingly original woman singer” in Celtic music by The Christian Science Monitor. Her extraordinary voice is a rare instrument: earthy, arresting, with an electrifying delivery. Whether singing her own songs with her acoustic-rock band The Chanting House or delving into the rich Irish and Scottish music traditions, McKeown sings with an honesty and passion unmistakably her own.
In recent years, McKeown’s voice and music have captured the attention of audiences and musicians alike. She was the guest of Natalie Merchant on the nationally broadcast PBS-TV program Sessions at West 54th, and also sings backing vocals on Merchant’s Live album (1999). Fairport Convention’s album The Wood and the Wire contains a version of the traditional song Western Wind which they learned from “the wonderful Susan McKeown.” Susan appears on Cathal McConnell’s latest release Long Expectant Comes at Last performing backing vocals alongside Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson. Susan has also recorded extensively with Scot fiddle master Johnny Cunningham, with whom she tours regularly.
Susan McKeown grew up in Dublin, Ireland, the youngest of five children. Her composer mother encouraged her early interest in music and theatre. She listened to religious and classical music as a child, but in her teenage years discovered Mary Margaret O’Hara, Michelle Shocked, and June Tabor. At age 15, she was selected for intensive study with Ireland’s leading opera trainer at Dublin’s Municipal College of Music, but left after a year to pursue rock, folk, jazz, and blues, often busking in the streets of Dublin.
Susan had already toured in Europe and performed on national TV in Ireland when she left Dublin in 1990 to take up a scholarship offered her by New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She quickly immersed herself in the East Village and downtown music scenes, and was one of the original performers at the legendary Sin-é Café. Soon she was headlining in clubs such as The Bottom Line, The Mercury Lounge and Fez. She now tours internationally with her group The Chanting House, or with Johnny Cunningham and Irish guitarist Aidan Brennan.
Moving to New York exposed Susan to a whole new range of musical possibilities and the opportunity to work with musicians from all over the world. “New York is an ideal place to record because there’s such a variety of musicians living here,” she says. But it’s also helped her focus on her own traditional heritage. “I’ve often heard other emigrants say they became more Irish when they left Ireland,” she says, “and it’s certainly true for me.”
Susan first came to the attention of American audiences when her song If I Were You was selected for the landmark 1993 album Straight Outta Ireland, a track which she performed with fiddler Eileen Ivers, and Solas’ Seamus Egan and guitarist John Doyle. From there, she began putting together plans for an album of her own original songs: Bones was released on Susan’s own label Sheila-na-Gig, in 1995, and on PRIME CD in 1996. A track from Bones was licensed for the Channel 4 documentary series The Irish Empire which recently aired in Ireland, the UK and Australia. A second track was licensed for the Putumayo album Women of the World: Celtic II.
In November1998 Susan participated in a tribute concert to Sandy Denny at Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn, performing the legendary Fairport Convention singer’s “Tam Lin” alongside such artists as Darius Rucker, Robin Hitchcock, and Mike Mills (REM). Rolling Stone wrote that “McKeown grabbed both song and audience by the throat, dragged them through heaven and hell and back again, and left the stage to the loudest applause heard all evening.” New York Newsday wrote “McKeown nearly walked away with her stunning rendition; the effect was electric.”
Susan’s first album of traditional music was 1998’s Bushes and Briars on Alula Records, which received wide critical acclaim. Her new album is Lowlands (GLCD1205), released in 2000 on Green Linnet, her first international release. Susan’s other albums include the collaboration CD Mother with Irish-American singer Cathie Ryan and pianist Robin Spielberg; and the seasonal record Through the Bitter Frost and Snow with bassist Lindsay Horner. (The duo performed their rendition of Auld Lang Syne on NPR’s All Things Considered on New Year’s Eve). Susan’s songs have also been heard on national television commercials for Audi, Jaguar and Oil of Olay.
Quotes From the Press
“This is the kind of music that will link Ireland’s musical past with its future.” – Time Magazine
“The most strikingly original contemporary woman singer working in the Celtic vein is Susan McKeown. Vocal genius. . . she possesses a voice of such purity and power…Her ’Bushes & Briars’ is a triumph…she radically breaks with tradition.” – The Christian Science Monitor
“A soulful singing feminist, McKeown blends progressive Irish folk music with a harder-edged, pop-rock sensibility. Her album ‘Bones’ is a stirring work of intense soul-searching.” – Los Angeles Times
“One of the most powerful and distinctive voices in Irish music.” – The Irish Voice
“Equal parts folk-flavored songwriter and alternative rock chanteuse, Susan McKeown’s debut album ’Bones’ is arrestingly original.” – The Boston Globe
“Susan McKeown goes beyond language and genre to sing a dialect of the heart.” – Boston Phoenix
“McKeown comes on like a force of nature: a tide of incantory verse and a voice that slays demons. . . there’s a stateliness in her delivery that suggests she’s in midnight communion with the long-departed spirit of Sandy Denny.” – Rhythm Music
“Bones could well become one of the essential progressive Irish albums.. The best Irish-American release of 1995 hands-down” – Irish America Magazine
Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by these three great individual fiddle stylists. Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany) and André Brunet (Quebec) combine their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. Called “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, these traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires and together conjure an experience of breathtaking performances.
Originally conceived as a unique touring project in 1992, the trio proved such a success that a live recording was released. Celtic Fiddle Festival (1993, Green Linnet) received glowing critical reviews and racked up impressive sales. Three albums and numerous international tours later, the ensemble is now one of the most popular on the Celtic circuit. Their new CD is Play On (GLCD 1230), dedicated to founding member, the great Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham.
In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and traditions, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers. Together, they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers, leaving the audience with a memorable musical experience.
Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddle master, playing the fluid, highly-ornamented style of County Sligo. His formidable career includes the seminal Irish group The Bothy Band. 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. André Brunet, the newest member, is a wonderful young French-Canadian fiddler and also a member of the group La Bottine Souriante, playing the infectiously rhythmic tunes of Quebec. They are joined by acclaimed English musician Ged Foley on guitar, providing both driving accompaniment and delicate solos.
The unexpected passing of Johnny Cunningham in December 2003 left the members of Celtic Fiddle Festival with an unimaginable hole to fill in their hearts and in their line-up. The band made the difficult decision to play on, and in January 2004 they invited André to join the upcoming tour. His lively Quebeçois dance tunes and contagious enthusiasm lifted tempos and spirits. At tour’s end, the group recorded three concerts in Portland, Oregon. The result is the stunning new CD Play On.
Kevin Burke (fiddle)
Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddle master, playing the beautifully fluid, highly-ornamented style of County Sligo. Kevin has been a mainstay of several seminal Irish supergroups, from The Bothy Band to the all-star Irish group Patrick Street, and has toured and recorded with countless artists including Kate Bush, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Brady and Christy Moore. Born in London to Sligo parents, Kevin moved to Ireland in the 1970s. Now a resident of Portland, Oregon, Kevin was awarded the National Heritage Award in 2002, America’s highest honor in the traditional arts. His most recent solo album is In Concert (GLCD1196), recorded live in Portland.
Christian Lemaître (fiddle)
Christian Lemaître is from Brittany, the Celtic region in northwest France. A master of traditional music, Christian honed his playing at festou-noz (festive evening barn dances) throughout Brittany. One of the first to translate traditional Breton music to the fiddle, Lemaître displays unerring control and propulsive energy on the hypnotically rhythmic Breton dance tunes. His style and repertoire shows influences from Southern and Eastern Europe as well. Christian is a member of the outstanding Breton groups Kornog and Pennou Skoulin.
André Brunet (fiddle)
André Brunet is a wonderful young fiddle player from the French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante. He performs a unique blend of folk music originating from France, England, Ireland, and Scotland, imbued over time with a color and rhythm particular to various regions of Québec. André is a warm, dynamic performer, and an excellent musician, with a vast repertoire of French-Canadian jigs and reels.
Ged Foley (guitar)
Ged Foley is well known in Celtic circles for his seminal work with Battlefield Band; his leadership of the House Band, and his recent membership in Patrick Street. A gifted singer, record producer and instrumentalist, Ged provides a strong and creative approach to rhythm guitar, and pushes the fiddlers to new heights of expression. Born and raised in England, Ged now makes his home in Ohio.
Quotes From the Press
“Three of the finest folk violinists anywhere. A mastery of regional fiddle styles with alternately soulful, dazzling and nuanced performances.” – The Washington Post
“Three sensational fiddlers from three distinct Celtic traditions. The second live album, Encore, is a thrill. Jazz and rock musicians should take note: bravura, lightning-fast playing is rarely such exhilarating fun. Breathtaking.” – Boston Herald
“The juxtaposition of fiddle styles was fascinating. Mr Lemaître’s work was notable for its straightforward lyricism, Mr Burke’s for a greater soulfulness. Both men played with easy grace, Mr Burke seeming to hold vast technical resources in reserve. Mr Cunningham was…electrifying…a refined sonority and brilliant violinistic command.” – The New York Times
“They wowed the audience with quick-step jigs and reels as well as beautiful, soulful melodies. Cunningham played some gorgeous slow airs…Burke’s Irish reels were silky smooth, each note crisp and clear.” – The Christian Science Monitor
“A treasurable meeting of minds, music and cultural roots, this collaboration between premier league fiddlers lays on a four-course feast of choice Celtic delicacies.” – The Scotsman
“Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham and Christian Lemaître are among the world’s greatest Celtic fiddlers. Whether alone or á trois, they possess a breathtaking virtuosity.” – Philadelphia Weekly