Sunday 12th July, 2.00pm
Earagail Arts Festival in association with the Regional Cultural Centre presents Caitlin & Ciaran plus Leila Jane & Twain.
Acclaimed musicians each in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh have joined forces to create one of traditional music’s most impressive acts. The pair’s spirited music and dance is rooted in tradition; brimming with soul and life. Through fiddle, concertina and dance, Caitlín and Ciarán breathe fire into musical pieces, with a connection as deep as the Irish folk traditions they come out of. Their music is a joyful unleashing of talents learnt at the hearths of their parents, family and friends. Ciarán’s fiddle is complimented by Caitlín’s concertina and dance, her footsteps expertly tapping out the rhythms and elevating the duo’s musical excellence.
Leila Jane embraces the beautiful sincerity of the delta blues and American folk music in her performances, with a repertoire of songs of her own creation and those that have inspired her along the way. After a performance at the Cambridge Folk festival in 2013 her sound was described as “somewhere between Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny”. Commissioned specially for this year’s festival, Leila has invited American singer Mt. Davidson (Twain) to collaborate for a series of concerts in Donegal. Described as “mercurial” and “eerie”, Mt. Davidson has performed alongside the likes of Spirit Family Reunion, the Low Anthem, and Annie & the Beekeepers.
“Ciarán has that Donegal fiddlers’ knack of being technically exact, fearless and free. Caitlín’s concertina is no less thrilling as she expands perceptions of the instrument. It was her feet that lifted us though in the showpiece ‘Belfast Hornpipe/Ms. McLeod’s’ with sublime synchronisation of her dancing shoes and Ciarán’s playful fiddle. The gasps were audible”
New York Irish Arts