Thursday, 2 May 2013

Fleadh - Finest Irish Folk from Germany

No bouzouki with this band, but nevertheless worth a look at. Fleadh, in it's present line-up was formed in 2007. Now with their second CD out they have found their own way in Irish Folk.

With the recruitment of vocalist Saoirse Mhór and fiddle player Marcus Eichenlaub they received the needed 'breath of fresh air' to move the band forward.
The two Franks and Marcus are avid sessionists, regularly playing in the many Irish Pubs around the Pfalz area. Regular visits to Ireland keep them constantly in superb playing form.

Fleadh seek to combine this section of the band with the vocalist/singer approach of Saoirse. Saoirse gets around Germany too - busking on the streets and at Street Artist Festivals in major German cities.
Tommy is the heartbeating drive on guitar in Fleadh. Intricate detailed arrangements and pulsating rhythm weaving through jigs, reels and songs.

Working as an Irish Folk Band Fleadh do not wish to leave the path for Middle Age Music or the all too eminent Acid / Punk / Neo Folk. Fleadh want to retain the respect for Irish music and yet seek to mix styles and ryhthm but still stay within the boundaries of Folk. Singing and playing. That’s Fleadh!

Look at: and listen to their cds.

And finally, if you look at the tunebook section on their website you will be presented with a large numer of well known session tunes, often with chords for accompanyment.
Here's the direct link:

Members of the band are (stolen from their website ;-):
Saoirse Mhór: Gesang, Gitarre und Percussion
other projects:

Thomas Gorny: Gesang und Gitarren
other projects: Space Debris

Frank Weber: Uilleann Pipes, Whistles und Bodhrán
other projects: Rhine Valley Céilí Band, Wizard's Walk

Frank McDürschner: Gesang, Mandoline, Banjo, Harmonica
other projects: Divin' Duck, Dissetied

Marcus 'Mr. Oakleaf' Eichenlaub: Fiddle

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