Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

the Fate of Bones

Event Info

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In 100 years time, their instruments will be splintered, their names forgotten, their digital downloads will long since have disappeared. That is what The Fate of Bones, a new album from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (of The Gloaming, and a Princeton University Humanities Council Short-Term Visiting Fellow) and Dan Trueman (Princeton University Department of Music), addresses. To be officially released in April 2020, the album will feature twelve tracks of music the two musicians have co-written on their 10-string Hardanger d'Amore fiddles. They come together on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3PM in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall for a free, unticketed concert featuring tracks from the album. Additional performances include New York, Cork, London, Paris, and Dublin throughout March and April.

To listen to a pre-release track from the album, click here!

Related event: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh will discuss “Music from an Elliptical Orbit: Tunes, Tuning and the Gravitational Pull?” in a conversation at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:30PM. Free admission. More info>

About the Artist:

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (pronounced KWEE-veen oh-RYE-uh-luh) is one of the leading Irish fiddlers of his generation. He is well known for his traditional fiddling through his award-winning records with uilleann piper Mick O’Brien, his style of playing deeply informed by years of study of old recordings of fiddlers from the sliabh luachra region in southwest Ireland. 

But Ó Raghallaigh has refused to allow his profile as a “traditional” musician to define him, and he has for many years now lived in the “region where traditional music begins to disintegrate.” This can be heard clearly on his solo albums Where the One-Eyed Man is King and Music for an Elliptical Orbit, both of which exhibit a keen ear for texture and a strong sense of clarity and openness, and neither would fit in the “traditional” bin at the Princeton Record Exchange or on Spotify. His duo records with Garth Knox (founding violist of the renowned Arditti Quartet) and our own Dan Trueman (Professor of Music at Princeton) go yet further, exploring vanishingly quiet sonorities, “tunes” that fragment and gather in unexpected ways, improvisation and unconventional song forms. 

In recent years Ó Raghallaigh has achieved further renown through his ensembles This Is How We Fly and The Gloaming (which also includes former long-term visiting fellow and current Global Scholar Iarla Ó Lionáird); these groups have performed on many of the most renowned venues across the world, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Union Chapel (London), Royal Albert Hall, and others, and they range widely from traditional music to improvisational, experimental music, owing their range in large part to Caoimhín’s abilities and vision, his commitment to going deeply traditional, while also working beyond its edges.


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