Mick O'Brien on uilleann pipes, flute, whistle
Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh on fiddle, hardanger fiddle, whistle.
Deadly buzz is the eagerly awaited follow up from their highly acclaimed Kitty Lie Over.
Featuring Mick O Brien on uilleann pipes, flute, whistle & Caoimhin O Raghallaigh on fiddle, hardanger fiddle, whistle.
In 2003 Mick O’Brien ( uilleann pipes, flute, whistle) and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (fiddle, hardanger fiddle, whistle) released their acclaimed first duet CD, Kitty Lie Over.
The combination of tradition, skill and sheer love of the music was irresistible. With the bar set this high their second duet, Aoibhinn Crónán (The Deadly Buzz), has a lot to live up to – and it does, with style.
In 2003, they released Kitty Lie Over, which has since become one of the most-loved albums in the world of traditional Irish music, receiving rave reviews all round, and
being awarded Earle Hitchner's coveted choice of the No. 1 Album of 2003.
In 2011, they followed this up with their second album, Deadly Buzz, again receiving high praise in the press, and again featuring highly in Earle Hitchner's
Top 10 Albums of 2011. In addition to the instruments from Kitty, it also features the sound of the hardanger fiddle and bamboo flute.
Mick O'Brien (born March 26, 1961) is an Irish musician. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mick began his musical education on the Uilleann pipes in the renowned Thomas Street Pipers Club in Dublin. His father Dinny O'Brien, a traditional "box" player, was also a constant source of tunes and inspiration. Mick recorded his first LP with his family when he was 13 years old. He later joined Na Píobairí Uilleann, an organisation founded to promote piping, where he absorbed hundreds of tunes and refined his technique. His playing can be heard on numerous recordings with artists such as The Dubliners, Frankie Gavin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Mick has toured extensively and given master classes throughout Europe and North America. His highly acclaimed solo CD of traditional Irish music; "May Morning Dew" was released in 1996. Mick’s concert pitch uilleann pipes were built by William Rowsome in 1921, with a new chanter and extra A/G drone made by Alain Froment, who also made Mick's Bb, B, and C sets. His whistles were made by Mike Burke in the USA.
In 2003, Mick released Kitty Lie Over along with fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. It was named No.1 Traditional Album of 2003 by Earle Hitchner in the Irish Echo.
Dublin born fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, (Kevin O'Reilly, born August 28, 1979) performs in small, intimate listening venues, creating a sense of magic, and quirky, unique soundscapes where Irish traditional music meets Old-Time fiddling and a Scandinavian feel for sound.
He has recently recorded with and performed with artists such as Iarla Ó Lionáird, Liam Ó Maonlaí and The Waterboys. Most recently, in May 2007, he toured Ireland with wild West Kerry accordionist Breanndán Begley, with whom he'll tour the USA in September.
Born in 1979, Caoimhín grew up listening to old vinyls of The Chieftains, Planxty and The Bothy Band. He started playing fiddle at the age of 10, also learning the uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. He worked at the Irish Traditional Music Archives for a number of years, immersing himself in old recordings of Willie Clancy, Denis Murphy, Paddy Cronin and Seamus Ennis.
In 2003 he released Kitty Lie Over to great acclaim with uilleann piper Mick O'Brien. Chosen as #1 Traditional Album of 2003 by Earle Hitchner in the Irish Echo, and described in The Irish Times as "a niftier mood enhancer than any drug therapy" by Siobhán Long, this has become one of the all-time best-loved traditional music albums.
Caoimhin is currently a member of The Glaoming.