Raelach Records are delighted to announce the release of Decade, the fourth studio album from Donegal trio, Fidil. Following a hiatus for a number of years, the trio of Aidan O’Donnell, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Damien McGeehan have reunited to produce an album that showcases Fidil’s enduring and dynamic artistic curiosity, personality, and individuality. Once again drawing on the rich Donegal fiddle tradition as a springboard for exploring new pathways for ensemble fiddle performance, Decade, signals an exciting creative development for the trio that combines original composition and less familiar Donegal repertoire with the inimitable Fidil sound. Using a range of fiddles exclusively, Decade showcases a myriad of creative possibilities that emerge when masters of tradition merge personal artistic curiosity with a deep-rooted and immersive appreciation of the musicality and musicians that have shaped the music of their region.
"Nothing short of breathtaking...remarkable ensemble playing from this exceptional trio of fiddlers"
★★★★★ Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
"There’s variety, invention and a daring in their approach that celebrates their shared Donegal heritage in the most interesting of ways. For folks who enjoy top-tier traditional music that embraces innovation, “Decade” is an album not to be missed"
-Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo
"Once again the three Donegal gentlemen of Fidil have gathered a bewitching collection of tunes and delivered them with wit, warmth and a profound understanding of the music of their homeplace. The arrangements are thoughtful and compelling, and balance the stillness of the slow airs with an impish and energetic canter through the dance tunes. As always, a total delight to listen to anything this trio comes up with"
-Ellen Cranitch, RTÉ Lyric FM
"Fidil's Decade is a welcome return from the Donegal fiddle trio and an exceptional album stacked high with spellbinding playing. It represents another artistic triumph for the honourable Raelach Records imprint"
-David Kidman, Folk Radio UK
"The inventiveness of these fiddle virtuosos never fails throughout this album, which is full of reels, slip jigs, highlands, waltzes and mazurkas in a beautiful musical whirlwind....A beautiful album where brilliance and originality are the most appropriate words"
-Philippe Cousin, 5 Planetes
"The ensemble playing is instinctive and spellbinding, and even well-known tunes and airs are delivered with a new and refreshing perspective...An album full of gems, highly recommended"
-Mark Lysaght, Irish Music Magazine
released November 28, 2019
Featuring Aidan O'Donnell, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Damien McGeehan on fiddles.
Produced and Engineered by Jack Talty
Artwork and Photography by Maurice Gunning
Produced with support from the Arts Council.
On this album the different concertinas are persons. They are different characters, they laugh, they cry, they grunt and they moan. Every sigh is recorded, nothing is left out. I think this is a wonderful approach and in the hands of this very skilled musician the instrument itself is singing and dancing. Anita Botman