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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
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  • about Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

    If you're wondering how to pronounce my name, try "Kwee-veen Oh Rye Allah" on for size. It's not quite right, but as a first attempt it's not too shabby.


    I make music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d'amore, and I travel the world as a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O'Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of The Gloaming and This is How we Fly.


    I've had the extraordinary pleasure of performing on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center, although some of my favourite performances have been much more intimate and ephemeral events, special one-off things invented by friends. I live in Dublin, and love it for the place and the people.


    There are twelve recordings to my name so far, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there. I enjoy both equally, playing the old music that I love, and exploring the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate.


    You are very welcome here, and I hope you enjoy exploring this page yourself!

  • about the instruments

    I play a stunning 10-string instrument made by Norwegian luthier Salve Håkedal. The top five bowed gut strings plus the five sympathetic strings below give the fiddle a wonderful resonant sound. It is somewhere between a hardanger fiddle and a viola d'amore , so I've taken to calling it the Hardanger d'Amore.


    I use baroque and transitional bows made by a wonderful French bowmaker named Michel Jamonneau. His bows are things of great beauty, and for me they are like paintbrushes for sound. They are the perfect match for the Hardanger d'Amore, and together they teach me something every time I pick them up, expanding what is thinkable and possible.

Recordings

Laghdú

with Dan Trueman

Deadly Buzz | Aoibhinn Crónán

with Mick O'Brien

A Moment Of Madness

with Brendan Begley

Comb Your Hair & Curl It

with Ó Raghallaigh / McEvoy

Kitty Lie Over

with Mick O'Brien

Triúr sa Draighean

with Hayes / Ó Riada

Triúr Arís

with Hayes / Ó Riada

Triúr Omós

with Hayes / Ó Riada

This is How we Fly

with Gareiss / Berndalen / Mac Erlaine

Where the One-Eyed Man is King

Solo

Music for an Elliptical Orbit

Solo

The Gloaming

with Ó Lionáird / Hayes / Cahill / Bartlett

Upcoming Shows


05 May

with Mick O'Brien

Fiddlefair
Baltimore, Co. Cork

08 May

Solo

Fiddlefair
Baltimore, Co. Cork

19 May

Residency with Cormac Begley

Kevin Barry Recital Room, NCH
Dublin

26 May

Residency with Dan Trueman

Kevin Barry Recital Room, NCH
Dublin

04 Jun

The Gloaming

The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC

15 Jun

Residency with Per Oddvar Johansen

Kevin Barry Recital Room, NCH
Dublin

17 Jun

The Gloaming

Body&Soul
Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath

09 Jul

Solo

Mitchelstown Cave
Clonmel Junction Festival

22 Jul

The Gloaming

Galway Arts Festival
Galway

21 Sep

The Gloaming

Colston Hall
Bristol, UK

22 Sep

The Gloaming

Royal Festival Hall
London, UK

23 Sep

The Gloaming

Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, UK

24 Sep

The Gloaming

Usher Hall
Edinburgh, UK

25 Sep

The Gloaming

Symphony Hall
Birmingham, UK

Presskit

Useful stuff for the wonderful people who put on concerts for me

photo by

Con Kelleher

photo by

Lucy Clarke

photo by

Lucy Clarke

Contact Caoimhín