CELTIC FID­DLE FES­TI­VAL

Équinoxe Lof­tus Mu­sic

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Mu­sic can be a time ma­chine, shut­tling the lis­tener be­tween past and present and af­ford­ing a peek into worlds un­touched, out­side of the tunes they in­habit. The Celtic Fid­dle Fes­ti­val weds Ir­ish and Bre­ton tra­di­tions with brio. Now, with Québe­cois fid­dler An­dré Brunet a solid cast mem­ber, the quar­tet traces lit­tle-known path­ways through a swathe of Ir­ish, Bre­ton and French Cana­dian tunes. Kevin Burke’s fluid bow handguides the way. His choice of a trio of tunes from Vin­cent McGrath, one of the Ross­port Five, un­der­scores the rel­e­vance of con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tions joust­ing with Québe­cois and Bre­ton tunes, such as the spir­ited Ton Bale Plevin march. CFF’s trio of fid­dles spark and fizz, and Ged Fo­ley’s gui­tar is sym­pa­thetic in places, al­though at times a re­lent­less pre­dictabil­ity creeps into his ac­com­pa­ni­ment. www.lof­tus­mu­sic.com Down­load tracks: Twi­light In Portroe, Reel de Napoleon

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