"a seamless and unfettered soundscape / the work of musicians revelling in the moment: a rare find" ★★★★★ THE IRISH TIMES
Laghdú, the title of this debut album by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman, translates as a lessening, a decrease, a reduction.
The music they have written stretches and abstracts the DNA of Norwegian and Irish fiddling; the result is something new, sparse and stunning. It ranges from the near-silent to the nigh-on orchestral, at times exploding joyously from their hybrid 10-string fiddles, at times barely there, holding time still.
Utterly unique, this is music of an exceptional and unusual beauty.
The album comes in a stunning triptych cover designed by Rossi McAuley of Distinctive Repetition.
Printed in soy-based ink on sustainable board at Generation Press in Brighton, a printing plant where they generate their own electricity, and the water leaving the plant is cleaner than it is on entering.
The paper has been embossed with lines that give it a three dimensional feel and has a beautiful texture.
It is held together with two rubber bands which echo the strings of our instruments.
Includes unlimited streaming of Laghdú
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
ships out within 4 days
One of a limited edition of only 50 posters, with each poster individually numbered by hand. Printed in silver ink on near-translucent paper, the lines are an extended form of the album artwork design. The dimensions of the poster are roughly 42cm x 63cm, and each poster is delivered in its own custom Laghdu cardboard tube for added protection.
ships out within 4 days
edition of 50
Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
"this music defies genre, it's just a beautiful, spacious and luscious soundscape. Everyone should hear this."
"oh so downright magnificent"
--Siobhan Long, The Irish Times
"possibly one of the most fulsome and beautiful recordings I have ever heard. Great music has this magnificent power over us, a power to which the heart must yield always and without regret."
--Iarla Ó Lionáird
--Colm O'Hare, Hot Press
"a lovely warm bath of silky string sounds from this innovative duo, treading the line between tradition and invention"
"a gorgeous album"
--Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
"austerely elegant, spare, and evocative, there's not a note out of place. Yet nothing is predictable: looping phrases suddenly unfurl to produce incredibly beautiful melodies, meeting together in unusual harmonies between the two fiddlers.
"a truly refreshing and inspiring musical encounter"
released September 27, 2014
Caoimhín & Dan play 10-string hardanger d'amore fiddles made by Salve Håkedal with baroque bows made by Michel Jamonneau. Dan plays a Hardanger fiddle by Hauk Buen on tracks 4, 6 & 10
The Jack of Diamonds Three and Fead an Iolair are traditional tunes arranged by Dan Trueman (ASCAP) & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (IMRO/RAAP). All other tracks written and arranged by Dan Trueman (ASCAP) & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (IMRO/RAAP)
Recorded by Andrés Villalta at Princeton University's Taplin Auditorium