Blown away by Blazing Bows!
Blazing Bows is a collaboration of three of the best fiddle players around - Cathal Hayden, Tola Custy and Dezi Donnelly accompanied by John Joe Kelly on bodhrán and Ed Boyd on guitar.
I was lucky enough to catch them recently in Naul. The Seamus Ennis Centre provided a picturesque and cosy setting for an evening of brilliant fiddle music and fine accompaniment. They played a nice mix of old and new tunes with some great arrangements and outstanding harmonies.
I particularly enjoyed listening to the three contrasting styles of fiddle playing. Hailing from Tyrone, Clare and Manchester their styles are different and distinctive and it was a joy to hear them playing solo and as a group.
A special mention must go to the group of young fiddle players who entertained us with two sets of tunes after the interval. It was great to see so many young people (supported by their parents) getting involved. Traditional music really is a wonderful thing for young people to be involved in and it was lovely to see them getting the opportunity to perform with musicians of that calibre. I doubt it is something they will forget!
The highlight of the evening for me had to be Cathal Hayden playing Splendid Isolation and Mrs Lawrie's. Having heard him playing those tunes before you know it's going to be brilliant - you just forget how brilliant as the (thatched!) roof was blown off the place.
I understand Blazing Bows may be recording later in the year. I'd say it will be one which would compliment any traditional music collection and is certainly one I will be anticipating.
If you love your traditional music watch out for them touring again later in the year - you won't be disappointed. Fiddle playing really doesn't get much better than this.