Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh

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Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are coming to America for a U.S Tour. Be sure to checkout their tour page with many Northeast gigs starting on February 28th, 2014 through March 24th, 2014. You will not be disappointed with their music and dancing which is full of spirit, soul and life. Perfect to warm up this cold and long winter that is gripping the Northeast with some of the best traditional fiddle, concertina and dance direct from Ireland! (Check out an example of their wonderful routine in the video at the bottom of this article)

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Award-winning musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are quickly becoming one of the foremost duets in Ireland today. Their music & dance is rooted in the tradition; full of spirit, soul and life. Together on fiddle, concertina and dance, they breath fire into traditional tunes, combining the two arts with enough chemistry and energy to fire a small steam engine. This tour will be their first as a performing duo in the United States.

"Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán O Maonaigh are two of the finest instrumentalists on the Irish traditional scene. Individually they are stunning but together they bring a freshness and excitement to the music that is uniquely their own. Their recent performance at the Tulla Trad Festival in Co.Clare was the highlight of the weekend for me."
- Robbie O'Connell

Of all the many fine Irish traditional albums released in 2012, hers is the best. 'Caitlín' gets my vote as the top Irish traditional album of 2012”
- Earle Hitchner – Music Writer, The Wall Street Journal

His ability and appetite to play the music in all its bare-boned glory sets Ciarán Ó Maonaigh apart
- Siobhán Long – The Irish Times

One of Ireland’s most prodigious fiddling talents - Geoff Wallis – The Rough Guide to Irish Music

Caitlín Nic Gabhann – Concertina / Dance"; align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="204" height="186">Three time All-Ireland champion on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer and in 2009, joined Riverdance as a troupe dancer. Writing tunes since the age of ten, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. She teaches concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe and USA and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cherish The Ladies, The Kilfenora Ceili Band and for Presidents and Royalty around the world. Her debut solo CD release, Caitlín was voted the 2012 'CD of the Year' award by as well as being labelled the 'top Irish traditional album of 2012' by The Wall Street Journal"; align="right" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="200" height="167">

Ciarán Ó Maonaigh - Fiddle
A former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by his extended family; his grandfather and teacher Francie Mooney, Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Derry fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin as well as the Donegal fiddle legend John Doherty amongst others. Ciarán first album Ceol a’Ghleanna/The Music of the Glen was released in 2004. He is also a member of the band Fidil, and they have released 3 acclaimed albums. Fidil, released in June 2008, was described by Irish Music Magazine as “One of the most challenging and beautifully austere albums of the last fifty years”, 3 was released in 2009 and was awarded both a 5 star review and CD of the week in The Irish Times. In 2011 The Old Wheel of Fortune was released with Songlines magazine declaring it “one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade.”

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