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
"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