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Man Watching the Stars Laghdú is an immersive fever dream of two acoustic hardingfeles. The recordings are unadulterated, sonically perfect, and presented in stereo. Each instrument swells and subsides and pushes and pulls, brushing you from all sides with intricate melodies, as if their sounds were neatly carried by unpredictable winds. It's a privilege to experience. Favorite track: Leathan le Leathan.
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PrinceGoatCheese It sounds very rural, like a small farming town. So much going on in such a small community. Usually it's the other way around, but I believe this album is alive with a warm, almost nostalgic breath. Favorite track: Leathan le Leathan.
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Engelram Silky web of fiddle strings with plenty of space for breathing
Susie Dean
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Susie Dean What's better than one Hardanger fiddle? Why 2 of course! Soulful and intense. No favorites on this one, as each is a work of art. Favorite track: Leathan le Leathan.
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Anita Botman The hardingfele is an instrument of great emotional depth which becomes very clear when you listen to this album. It's dark and light at the same time.
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    "a seamless and unfettered soundscape / the work of musicians revelling in the moment: a rare find"

    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.
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  • Poster/Print

    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.
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Laghdú 04:35
Gollywhopper 01:52
Mausoleum 04:47
Folamh 03:27
Caol le Caol 03:43
Aonar 05:32


what they say about Laghdú:

"this music defies genre, it's just a beautiful, spacious and luscious soundscape. Everyone should hear this."
--Martin Hayes

"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"
--Garth Knox

"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.
--Donnacha Dennehy

"a truly refreshing and inspiring musical encounter"
--Anne Hytta


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

Graphic Design by Distinctive Repetition

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