Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman – Dublin Castle – 3-10-14


A night of exploration of the fiddle with two of the finest players around. You should know Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh from the Gloaming and This is how we Fly. Dan Trueman is a professor of music at Princeton University and an extremely skilled musician. The two together is an exciting prospect. Check out the videos below for more.

I’ve seen this venue used for theatre a few times recently, but this is the first gig I’ve seen in the Chapel. It could be quite a nice addition to the venues in Dublin, and hopefully this won’t be the last time it is used! There’s also a series of gigs around the country so check out the full line up below.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman  – Album Launch

8pm, Friday Oct 3rd | Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle | Tickets €12

One of the most acclaimed traditional musicians of his generation, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is also a relentless innovator in the Irish experimental music scene and a key figure in internationally acclaimed trad ‘super-group’ The Gloaming. This exciting collaboration with Dan Trueman (Prof of Music at Princeton University) brings fiddle playing into a new dimension; demonstrating the depth and grace of traditional music in this newly released album “Laghdú”.

Both Caoimhín and Dan play the unusual ten string ‘hardanger’ fiddles from Norway – an instrument which creates a sound of distinctive beauty and resonance.

The title of their album, “Laghdú” is an Irish word meaning a reduction, decrease, a lessening, and the music they have co-written pares things back to the absolute bare essentials. Their compositions range from the near-silent to the nigh-on orchestral, at times exploding joyously from their hybrid 10-string fiddles, at times barely there, holding time still.

The renowned composer Donnacha Dennehy describes the album as;
”austerely elegant, spare, and evocative, there’s not a note out of place. Yet nothing is predictable: looping phrases suddenly unfurl to produce incredibly beautiful melodies, meeting together in unusual harmonies between the two fiddlers.”

Renowned sean-nós singer and member of The Gloaming, Iarla Ó Lionáird states it is “possibly one of the most fulsome and beautiful recordings I have ever heard.”

Other Dates;

Friday Sep 26th: Bottlenote Festival, North Great George’s St, Dublin
Saturday Sep 27th: Seamus Ennis Centre, The Naul, North Co Dublin
Sunday Sep 28th: Clifden Arts Festival, Station House Theatre, Clifden
Friday Oct 3rd: Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, Tickets €12
Saturday Oct 4th: Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Belfast :



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