Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is a fiddler, born in Dublin and 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 in 2003. He performs regularly with West Kerry accordion player Brendan Begley, and has collaborated many times with sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. He is a member of two contemporary traditional music groups: The Gloaming and This Is How We Fly. He contributed music to the 2015 movie Brooklyn, a set of reels recorded especially for the purpose with Mayo accordion player Fiachna Ó Mongáin.
As well as playing on violin and Hardanger fiddle, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays an instrument made by Norwegian luthier Salve Hakedal, a fiddle with five bowed strings and five sympathetic strings, a cross between a Hardanger fiddle and a five string violin or viola d’amore which he calls a Hardanger d’Amore.
Caoimhín also plays tin whistle, flute and uilleann pipes, having been taught whistle and flute by Co. Clare flute-player Michael Tubridy of The Chieftains and Ceoltóirí Chualann.
So a busy man, and really great to have him among us in Glengarriff for the festival.