CIARAN ALGAR – THE FINAL WALTZ
Artist: CIARAN ALGAR
Ciaran is a multi-instrumentalist (Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, and Percussion) who is quickly becoming one of the most highly-regarded young musicians on the Folk circuit today. His playing has been described by fRoots as “engagingly empathetic and honest with a lovely tone” whilst Living Tradition magazine said he “exudes a life experience of a skill finely-honed from a myriad music sessions in a million bars”. Ciaran’s musical influences come from deep within the Irish tradition. This Irish connection led to Ciaran taking part in the Fleadhs run by Comhaltas, in which he was extremely successful. Over 8 years of competing, he won 20 regional titles, 12 British titles and 1 All Ireland title across various categories (Fiddle, Fiddle Slow Airs, Bodhran) all by the time he was 16 years old! Ciaran is best known for his work with Gre Russell (two albums and a DVD on Fellside, but this is his first album under his own name. The Final Waltz is influenced by many different artists over many different genres of music, which produces a fairly unique style. Three of the four songs on the album are self-penned. The main vocalist in the band is up and coming singer, Sam Kelly, runner up in Britain’s Got Talent and now a serious Folk musician. The majority of the album, however, is instrumental. Rather than recording every tune set with fiddle and guitar and producing a really traditional-sounding album, Ciaran has created a band for the album and for touring.
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