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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (born 1979) is a fiddler, born in Dublinmarker, Irelandmarker. He is known for developing a drone-based fiddle style heavily influenced by the uilleann pipes and the music of Sliabh Luachra. Ó Raghallaigh spent several summers working part- and full-time in the Irish Traditional Music Archives in Dublin, opening up a wealth of old recordings which influenced his repertoire and style. Together with uilleann piper Mick O'Brien, he recorded Kitty Lie Over, named No.1 Traditional Album of 2003 by Earle Hitchner in the Irish Echo.He performs regularly with West Kerry accordion player Brendan Begley, and has collaborated many times with sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.

Caoimhín plays an old trade German fiddle which he keeps tuned down four or five semitones below concert pitch, a hardangermarker fiddle, a 5-string viola made by David Rivinus as well as a number of other fiddles. He uses many crosstunings or scordatura, and often plays with a baroque bow made by Michel Jamonneau. Caoimhín also plays tin whistle, flute and uilleann pipes, having been taught whistle and flute by Michael Tubridy, of The Chieftains and Ceoltóirí Chualann fame.

Discography

  • Turas go Tír na nÓg (1999, out of print)
  • Kitty Lie Over (2003, with Mick O'Brien)
  • Where the One-Eyed Man is King (2007)
  • FYH (2007, with Breanndan Begley)


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