Saturday, January 17, 2009

Aidan O'Rourke: Sirius

Sirius Aidan O’Rourke plays with both the traditional group Blazin’ Fiddles and the ‘trad with a twist’ trio Lau. He learned his fiddle playing first in the highlands of Scotland, and he also found an interest in jazz. These two streams run together in the music he’s composed for Sirius. The music here grew out of a new voices commission from the Celtic Connections Festival, and includes melodic and lyrical instrumental piece inspired by landscapes O’Rourke has seen on his travels. They feature saxophone and trumpet as well as four fiddles, percussion, and other instruments, all led by O’Rourke’s highland based, Donegal influenced, creative style. Outstanding tracks include Falun Fine (Outbound) Lochaber Drive, and The Santa Cruz Redwoods, but it’s best just to let the ten cut journey unfold at its own pace. O'Rourke will be playing with Lau and at several other concerts at Celtic Connections. You may also wish to see Alison Brown Quartet: Evergreen season of change: music for autumn 2008

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