‘Mind-blowing’ Irish act set for Hawick

Fidil Blue
Fidil Blue

A BAND described as one of the hottest to ever emerge from Ireland, makes a rare appearance in the UK later this month and a date in Hawick is included as part of the series of roots music events that has been programmed at the Heart of Hawick venue.

Fidil are in the UK for two festivals - BLAS in the Highlands, and WemsFest on the south coast of England. In between they play a few select dates in Scotland.

The band is widely regarded as the most dynamic trad group to emerge from the County Donegal tradition in recent years, with a peat-smoked pedigree blood line that transports audiences to the very pulse of the music’s heartland.

Critics reviewing them ‘live’ say they are breathtakingly exciting and have praised them with comments such as “stunning” and “mind-blowing”.

Bruce MacGregor (Blazin’ Fiddles and presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk programme) described them as “mesmerising” after seeing the trio perform at the prestigious Blazin’ in Beauly event where they had a residency for the week-long celebration in The Highlands.

Bruce said: “Their concert was simply stunning.”

The band won a return to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival in January following an astonishing year in which they had a triumphant musical collaboration with renowned Senegal kora player Solo Cissokho, toured in America, Canada and Germany to widespread acclaim and went back into the studio to record a brand new album as a follow up to Fidil 3, the first ever traditional music CD to receive a 5-star review in The Irish Times, described in the process as “a milestone in Irish music”.

That follow-up, “The Old Wheel of Fortune”, was met with the same level of acclaim, winning rave reviews including a Top of The World recommendation from Songlines magazine which last month selected a track for its cover-mount compilation CD.

Reviewing them for The Herald, music writer Rob Adams said they were “taking the music and traditions of their native county forward with innovation and imagination”. BBC Radio 3 prester Mary Ann Kennedy is another fan and has described their music as “Irish cream!”.

Tickets for the gig, which takes place on Friday, September 21, from the box office on 360688.