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Celtic Fiddle Festival

The Celtic Fiddle Festival is actually a trio of musicians, not a musical gathering. The misleading name arose from the group's origins, when three dazzling Celtic fiddlers joined forces for what was meant to be a one-time U.S. tour in 1992. Their sold-out performances were recorded for Green Linnet, with resulting album sales so successful that the trio of fiddlers repeated their tour two years later.

Members of the group are Scotsman Johnny Cunningham, Irishman Kevin Burke, and Frenchman Christian Lemaitre. While the three fiddlers are definitely the main attraction during live performances and on their recordings, they did have some accompaniment. John McGann of Boston played guitar on Celtic Fiddle Festival's first release. He also penned one of the songs, "Canyon Moonrise." For the trio's second tour, Soig Siberill replaced McGann on guitar. Siberill also is a member of the bands Komog and Gwerz. Burke's parents came from Sligo, Ireland, although he was born in London. For a time following his stint with Planxty, he contributed his Sligo style of fiddle playing to works by Christy Moore. He has been a major Celtic fiddler since the 1970s, leading his own group, Open House, and with the highly regarded Bothy Band. He also played with the band Patrick Street and has recorded with Michael O'Domhnaill for Green Linnet. Cunningham was part of the group Silly Wizard until its 1989 demise. In addition he was a member of Nightnoise and Relativity. Lemaitre, who hails from France's Brittany region, fiddled for the group Fiddle Dee Dee in Paris before moving on to work with Pennou Skoulum and Komog. In 1996 a similar group known as Celtic Fiddle Festival II came on the scene. It is composed of Scotsman Brian McNeill, Irishman Martin Hayes, and Canadian Natalie McMaster. Contributing guitarists are Glasgow-based Tony McManus and Dennis Cahill of Chicago. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
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This bio needs an update, as the great Johnny Cunningham died in 2003 at age 46. That having been said, they are still a powerful act with the current line-up. I'm looking forward to seeing the live in a few weeks.
I happen to be Irish, My Grandparents came to this country from Belfast. Further down on the comments a gentleman said He was black but you can still dream I need to tell him there are folks over in the old country who are called The Black Irish. No lie. This stuff is great, as good as The Chieftains. William Jackson.
Listening to Gwerz Ar Vezhinerien right now, it is awesome!
The band mentioned here as one Soig Siberill played is in Kornog, not Komog, and they are (or were) excellent.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
This makes me want to Irish dance!
larrypaul0
Love It!!
Wow!
webolton4
I'm doing the happy dance! Love this!!!!!
The bio leaves out Canadian Andre Brunet who was a fantastic addition to the group, rounding out the playing styles and cultural influences of the fiddle styles demonstrated by the group. His contagious, foot stomping romps and original melodies (LePrintemps especially) truly injected something special.
claxtonsappl e
This makes me feel Irish ( I'm black) but one can dream
sjabrams724
They really need to update the group's bio. Sadly, Johnny Cunningham passed away in 2003.
Wow!
ucf_mom
love this music... wish I could play like these people
Love it. I prefer this over the crap that's out now. Celtic Music is part of my heritage, and I am proud of that. Nothing beats it :P
Great, great stuff....... . .
juliajean17
Completely awesome!!! :D
grandpagard
These Guys should get together with The Gothard Sisters for a small version of River Dance
pecosina57
puts a sping in my step....
creolelorrai n e d u l e c h e
great stuff!!!!!!! ! / / a r r e t e pas la musique....! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . w h a t else can ya say???...too o o o good to be true?!!!!... . w h e n will commercial america wake up to great music?????
jw.dragon
since the famliy of finley originated in scotland as mcfinley celtic music is in my blood and I would like to play my tenor sax in a way to mimic that.
"Wow!"
More fiddle, more fiddle! :)

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