Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh | Where The One-eyed Man Is King

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Where The One-eyed Man Is King

by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

A quirky 10 track cd of funky music from one of Ireland's most creative fiddlers, featuring new multilayered compositions as well as traditional tunes transformed with cool crosstunings and soundscapes.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's All About the Rhythm of Her Toes
2:00 $0.99
2. Fead An Iolar
2:26 $0.99
3. The Mole Man of Hackney
3:50 $0.99
4. March of the One-legged Dog
4:18 $0.99
5. Síocháin
5:10 $0.99
6. Braes of Balquidder
1:11 $0.99
7. Dún Do Shúil
1:07 $0.99
8. Wild Goose Chase
1:31 $0.99
9. The Bright and Shining
2:29 $0.99
10. The Old Waltz
4:25 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"it's like if you untangled an irish session and hung up the choicest
bits each in front of its own glowing christmas light and viewed
through 3D glasses made of paper and cellophane." [ Kristin Andreassen ]

This short CD consists of 10 quirky tracks: six brand spanking new pieces from his own imagination, alongside four novel interpretations of traditional tunes.

Some tracks, like 'Fead an Iolar' and 'Dún do Shúil', are straightforward - they feature Caoimhín playing solo hardanger fiddle, using weird and wonderful crosstunings to create a new ambience for these old tunes. 'The Old Waltz' and 'Wild Goose Chase' find him creating a new approach to presenting traditional tune forms, with a sense of soundscape and beauty. Other tracks, like 'its all about the rhythm of her toes' and 'the mole man of hackney', are multilayered creations of madness, a quirky and fun stereo abstraction.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is regarded as one of the most exciting and creative musicians in traditional music. His album 'Kitty Lie Over' with uilleann piper Mick O'Brien was named #1 Traditional Album of 2003 by Earle Hitchner in the Irish Echo. He has recorded, performed and collaborated with the likes of Iarla Ó Lionáird, The Waterboys, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Breanndán Begley. He performs happily in many combinations all over the planet.



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Kevin McAleer

astral centuries
I heard 'Siochain' on the radio and just had to have the cd. This is dreamtime music, a pure breath of fresh air, an open fire in slow motion, what a gift, thank you

Gordon Wilson

Top stuff
not many cds make you want me want to just stick them on again when theyve finished.
Saw him play in Glasgow a while ago, Kitty Lie over tunes are some of best irish music Ive heard, but solo slow air (not even tempered) enjoyed even more I think, never heard better fiddle. This cd comes as no surprise

Bronwyn Kelly

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays hauntingly, joyfully beautiful music.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh's Where the One-Eyed Man is King is one of the most refreshing CDs I've listened to in many years. He brings traditional sounds into a modern, and often quirky, light and makes them accessible to a whole new audience. This CD proves that it is possible to maintain tradition without losing innovation or creativity. Both haunting and cheerful (occasionally at the same time!) Where the One-Eyed Man is King is well worth the price of admission!


If I were a film maker, this would be my muse!

Mary Allen

A delight to listen to...
The infusion of musical texture into the songs with surprises along the way make this a very enjoyable CD to listen to again and again.

Brian Miller

a truly new direction for traditional irish music
artists who experiment with blending traditional irish music with contemporary musical genres seem to usually tend toward a combo of trad with bad rock or simplified jazz. this is entirely different. irish music has provided the inspiration here for thoughtful and whimsical art music with a sort of young indie-rock type aesthetic that is very, very cool, ... to me anyway.

Catherine Kemper

Where The One-eyed Man Is King
I was going in myspace looking for a great fiddle player. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh I will have to say is the best I have ever heard.I love to listen to someone play and have fun at the same time. The fun he is having playing picks up my whole day.One can't have a bad day after listening to him play. Your world could be falling in and you still wouldn't care. This seems to stay in my head long after listening all I can do is smile. I deal with the public all day and after buying this CD they can't seem bother me anymore.
So much thanks to you for letting me in to your happy world.


All the way into your HEART he goes
I was kicking around on myspace when I turned over A man who can talk to your soul with his fiddle.

robert shanahan

a magic bow
yes it is inventive but good traditional music is all true musicians add to the tradition this makes it live and reamain relative to the people of its day and caoimhin o' raghallaigh surely delights its beating heart he is a musician of outstanding vision which fortune he can play his playing is at once thrilling and dreamlike traditional soundscapes for this unsettled world a magic bow

Erin M. Jones

I found you on MySpace. Listening to "The Bright and Shining" takes me straight to my Irish roots . Do you ever play in the states? I love the entire C.D. . Will be back for more.
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