On their new duo album North, Belfast-born fiddle players Conor Caldwell and Danny Diamond blend shared northern musical heritage with the fruits of further-afield musical adventures to create a landmark contemporary Irish fiddle recording.
New compositions sit at ease beside forgotten gems from old manuscript collections; rich fiddle textures drift in and out with fiery melody lines, while careworn tunes learned in childhood are re-imagined and re-arranged.
Hailed as “a long-playing delight” in Siobhán Long’s 5 star review for The Irish Times (July 29th 2016), North is the latest in a line of acclaimed contemporary traditional/ folk records to have emerged from the Irish Traditional Music Archive’s Dublin studio, following the likes of Lynched’s Cold Old Fire and Diamond’s 2014 solo debut Fiddle Music.
Helen Diamond is a singer and fiddle player from Dublin. She has strong family links with the north of Ireland and from an early age has been drawn to the rich northern tradition of unaccompanied English-language singing, of which she is one of her generation’s leading exponents. Helen’s fiddle playing is influenced most strongly by the music of South-West Donegal, but also takes inspiration from old-time American music.