Recorded at the Unitarian Church in Dublin in June 2011, this is a document of the extraordinary reunion of two of Ireland’s finest fiddle players. Appearing together for the first time in many years, Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke filled the church’s dusk-lit space with their brilliant music, marked by its ingenuity, but also a highly personal style.
Quinn and Bourke have known each other since childhood in Galway, but started playing together in 1992 when, as teenagers, both attended Tommy Peoples’ fiddle class at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, County Clare. In the 1990s in Dublin, they played regularly at the Cobblestone and much of their repertoire together was honed then.
‘On this album there is a taste of the music we started off playing together,’ say the artists, ‘but also ideas and repertoire from recent years.’ Quinn and Bourke’s performances together are ever-evolving — they are featuring at some of the most prestigious festivals this summer, including the Galway Arts Festival and the Baltimore Fiddle Fair.
This is an exciting new venture for Ergodos, with the label stepping for the first time into the world of Irish traditional music. An independent Dublin record label and production company, Ergodos was founded by two composers in 2006. With nearly a dozen releases to its name and a year-round programme of concerts, Ergodos promotes an eclectic and omnivorous approach to music curation.