Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh


Dublin’s mean fiddler

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is a man of ideas. There’s always a different project on the go – strings to his bow and all that. It might be lining up with the Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming, the quartet This Is How We Fly, the trio Triúr, his duo with fellow fiddler Dan Trueman, or his solo work, best showcased on the beautiful album, Music For An Elliptical Orbit. That Caoimhín’s playing doesn’t sound of purely Irish blood is down to his choice of instrument. His ten-string violin is a close relative of the Norwegian hardanger fiddle, and there are clear Scandinavian touches to his solo compositions, where the edges sound gloriously frost-bitten. That’s the music, anyhow. On another point, here’s the man himself: “If you’re wondering how to pronounce my name, try ‘Kwee-veen Oh Rye Alla’ on for size. It’s not quite right, but as a first attempt it’s not too shabby.”

Click here to listen to Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on the Discover WOMAD 2018 playlist on Spotify.