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Thursday 23 May 2019

US tour for Sligo fiddler

THE growing stature of traditional music in Sligo is once again in the limelight as local fiddler, Oisín MacDiarmada and his band 'Teada' head for a 2-week tour of the United States. A group of gifted young musicians, the four-piece band will be performing in the East Coas

THE growing stature of traditional music in Sligo is once again in the limelight as local fiddler, Oisín MacDiarmada and his band 'Teada' head for a 2-week tour of the United States. A group of gifted young musicians, the four-piece band will be performing in the East Coast states of Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC and Virginia from June 15th to July 1st.

The distinctly melodic fiddle style of twenty-three year old Sligo musician Oisín MacDiarmada is the focus of this exciting new traditional band. Oisín has completed an honours degree in Music Education at Trinity College, Dublin/Royal Irish Academy of Music and is admired both as a teacher and performer at music summer schools and festivals throughout Ireland and abroad.

Currently he is acting producer for the CCE Tours of Ireland, Britain and the US as well as an Examiner of the CCE/RIAM Traditional Music Examinations. At the age of ten, Oisín won solo and duet titles as the Junior All-Ireland Champion, culminating in 1999, with first prize in the Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Championship, the only such time this award has come to Sligo.

Joining Oisín on tour is an impressive line-up of musicians, Seán McElwain on banjo and bouzouki, John Blake on guitar and flute and Tristan Rosenstock on bodhran. In the recent past the band has featured alongside Sharon Shannon at the Celtic Flame Festival in Dublin's HQ venue, as well as performing on the TG4 television series, 'Flosc', in a live concert from the Factory, Sligo. Also appearing in this programme were Manchester duo, Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly.

Two members of the band, Téada, also accompany Oisín on his recently released and critically acclaimed album Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo and Harp – Oisín MacDiarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Michael O Ruanaigh (CICD 144), available at Star Records, The Record Room and record stores nationwide.

Having spent a number of months in the number three chart position at Celtic Note Music Store, Dublin's largest Irish music record store, the album has received accolades from national and international media including The Irish Times: 'While technically adept they are much more than that too, as they allowed room for feeling, touch, and individual interpretation...' The Irish Times (October, 2000).

Further information on Oisín MacDiarmada and the band, Téada, is available at the website, www.omdmusic.com.

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