MÁIRE BREATNACH & THOMAS LOEFKE

Celtic Fiddle, Harp & Song

 

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Máire Breatnach is a musician of exceptional calibre on the Irish music scene.
An accomplished violinist and composer, she has participated in almost all of the leading Irish music recordings of recent years, playing a variety of instruments including fiddle, viola, whistle, piano, keyboards and guitar, and she is also widely known for her studio session work and for her expertise as an arranger, producer and composer of many outstanding film scores.

As the initial fiddler with "Riverdance - The Show" she worked closely with Bill Whelan, performing on the original CD, and has also worked with, amongst others, Nigel Kennedy, Mike Oldfield, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Altan, Mary Black, Donovan, Alan Stivell, Dolores Keane, Sharon Shannon and Sinéad O'Connor.

Máire's film and TV music credits to date include "In the Name of the Father", "The Secret of Roan Inish", "Rob Roy", "Voyage", "A Freezing Summer" and "Angela Mooney Dies Again". Her group, "The Maire Breatnach Band", was awarded the title "Irish Folk Group of the Year" , and her CD's, "Angels' Candles", “Aislingí Ceoil”, “The Voyage of Bran" and "Celtic Lovers" are considered as classics both in the fields of traditional music and contemporary composition.

Máire began her formal musical education at the age of 6 years in Dublin's College of Music, where she studied both violin and piano. On leaving school, she won the prestigious Eamonn Ceannt Scholarship for distinction in Music and the Irish Language. She later studied Music and Celtic Languages at University College, Dublin, and Ethnomusicology at Queen's University, Belfast, where she was a doctoral student of the late Prof. John Blacking.

More information: www.mairebreatnach.com

booking: thomas@norlandwind.eu  tel: +49 171 271 0944

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Máire Breatnach  vocals, fiddle, viola
Thomas Loefke  Celtic harp

The CDs "Norland Wind" and "Atlantic Driftwood" started off the musical collaboration of Máire Breatnach and Thomas Loefke. In their duo programme Máire and Thomas play original compositions with strong Irish roots. Fiddle and harp combine to generate haunting soundscapes full of emotional energy, creative tension and sheer beauty.


                    New CD: Rock Pools
                  
                   

The album ROCK POOLS combines exciting new music from 2016, with some of our favourites from 20 years of playing music together.