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Genres You Will Love
World: Celtic Folk: Traditional Folk Moods: Instrumental Moods: Type: Instrumental Folk: Celtic Folk

By Location
United States - NY - New York City United States - New York

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Cady Finlayson

Cady Finlayson, fiddle

Cady Finlayson has brought her Spirited Celtic fiddling to 38 states and Ireland, performing at venues including Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the McPherson Celtic Festival. Her fiddle CDs have attracted listeners from Australia to Japan and her Irish Coffee CD was nominated for "Best Celtic CD of 2007" by the NAR lifestyle awards. Cady's tv show, "A Fiddle Around Town" airs on BRIC TV in New York City, and includes her adventures as well as interviews with other creative souls. She performs as a duo with guitarist Vita Tanga, and is also the interim conductor of the Overture Ensemble which is part of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County, NJ.

Vita Tanga, guitar

Vita has performed and recorded on 4 continents, from Radio City Music Hall in New York to Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris - his hometown. He is a sought-after composer in the World/Urban music and film-scoring scene.

The Story

“People ask us all the time, how did a French guitarist and a Brooklyn-based fiddler end up playing Celtic music together? It all started at the most unlikely of Celtic rendezvous - on the First National Tour of Almost Heaven (a show about John Denver). I’d played Irish music for years and Vita was well-steeped in the world music and electronica genres. We were both hired to do this tour, and that’s where we met, travelling across the country in a van with 5 actors. Vita and I entertained ourselves during soundchecks playing everything from French Christmas songs to the Theme from the Muppet Movie. At some point, though, I just had to play Irish music- I missed it too much. Vita was happy to go along with this, and every day during the singers’ soundcheck, we would run backstage and try some tunes. We spent many days doing long drives in the van, and it was easy to share ipods and get ideas. So that’s how it started. It was a musical chemistry from the beginning and we have great fun exploring all the possibilities. Vita brings all sorts of influences to the mix and I sometimes think he is “the global twist”. -Cady Finlayson