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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Musician

From lively and spirited to melancholy and melodic, traditional Irish music is complex, diverse and affecting. And it’s flourishing. Across Ireland, young traditional performers are now taking the genre’s mantle and using it to create interesting things. One such example is fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, a traditional Irish musician who is known for his distinctive drone-based music stylings.

Over the years, Caoimhín’s work has progressed from the time-honoured sounds associated with traditional music to covering a more experimental, minimal type of playing. Today, he’s recognised for developing his own unique fiddle style that’s heavily influenced by the uilleann pipes - the national bagpipe of Ireland - and the music of Sliabh Luachra – a region in the Irish province Munster that borders the counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Caoimhín’s eclectic style may owe much to the range of musicians he regularly collaborates with. The young musician plays regularly with West Kerry accordion player Brendan Begley and has performed with Icelandic group Amiina, Sam Amidon and The Waterboys. He is a member of contemporary-traditional groups The Gloaming and This Is How We Fly and has produced notable commissions for Ireland’s Abbey Theatre.