Personally, I find Beolach to be one of the most exciting ensembles I’ve yet to come across. While they are capable of absolute wall-of-sound ensemble playing, they tend to the understated much of the time. Beolach comprises Wendy MacIsaac (fiddle,banjo), Mairi Rankin (fiddle), Patrick Gillis (guitars), Ryan MacNeil (pipes, whistles) and Mac Morin (piano). Their website address http://www.beolach.com
I’m really curious about Wendy MacIsaac’s banjo playing! This should be a great recording.
Good for you posting Beolach’s new cd, "Variations". I love CB music and go to study fiddle there frequently, and frankly, I don’t think that this band gets enough recognition. What an ensemble! I’m quite partial to Mac’s piano playing, as I was only 11 years old when he and I first crossed paths at the Glenora Distillery Pub in Cape Breton. I hope we get another chance to jam because he’s an amazing pianist! Beolach makes for a great ambassador band to Canada and holy geeze, can they play!
These guys are simply stunning. High energy, imaginative arrangements, and exquisite musicianship.
Last tune of the last set
It is a pipe reel called dancing feet. by G.S. MacLennan is I am not mistaken
This was such a great band; everyone an incredible player. Listening to this CD right now. They get together again occasionally, for Celtic Colours or something similar…. I saw them at the Christmas Island hall for a Feis event I think. They’re all great teachers too, and really support the young ones.