A few months ago, Diane asked me if I wanted to go to a concert with her in April. It was an awfully long time in the future, but I booked it in. Last night was the concert in question, and it turned out we were there to see a fiddler by the name of Eileen Ivers. Now, I'll admit that while I do love the style of music, I haven't been very proactive in finding more of it to listen to. I have a few Leahy CDs, but that's about it. So I was pretty excited to find another collection of quality fiddle music. Eileen has a pretty impressive resume. She has won nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, and she toured with Riverdance starting in 1995. So that's pretty cool. The band she was touring with featured several excellent musicians in their own right. They put on quite a show.
The music they played varied quite a bit with several pieces fusing a few genres. In the last song before the intermission, they played a song called "Gravelwalk" that she described as Celtic fiddling meets the Bronx. Early on, I was surprised that she broke out a wah pedal for her fiddle. I became astonished as she began to make her fiddle sound like a full out distortion guitar. Huh. I mean, I know and like Apocalyptica, which does distortion Cello, but I didn't expect to see it on the violin.
Edit: here's the only video I could find of Eileen playing gravelwalk. It's too bad it's just the distortion part, because it sounds much better in context.
(as a side note, Apocalyptica is getting air time on Sonic 102.9, a local radio station. I think this is fantastic).
The show was wonderful and the only thing missing from the audience clapping and singing (for 2 songs anyways), and foot stomping fun was a couple pints of Guinness.
Thanks sweety for getting us tickets :)