Ciarán Tourish, best known as the nimble fiddler from Altan, is one of East Donegal’s most celebrated musical exports, recognized by fellow musicians worldwide as an unusually gifted player. To be singled out amid the hotbed of traditional music that is Donegal is no small feat.
Tourish grew up surrounded by Irish traditional music’s best, including fiddler Dinny McLaughlin, who shared his hometown of Buncrana. Dinny began teaching Ciarán the tin whistle from the age of six. After a few years he moved on to the fiddle, quickly mastering the instrument.
Ciarán is now recognised as one of the premier contemporary Irish fiddlers, who was an integral member of one of Ireland’s most beloved trad supergroups, Altan for over 27 years until 2017. They were the first traditional Irish group to be signed to a major label when they signed with Virgin Records in 1995. The group has collaborated with Dolly Parton, Enya, The Chieftains, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss and many others.
His quick ear and a love of harmony and counterpoint have also led to several collaborations on non-Altan (and even non-Irish music) projects with a wide range of musicians and singers. He has worked with the likes of Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Martin O’Connor, Dolores Keane, De Danann, and American musicians Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien.
Down the Line, Tourish’s first solo album, draws on this transatlantic cast of collaborators including Arty McGlynn, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Tim O’Brien, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas among others, as well as the musical versatility of its producer/artist/arranger. Tourish showcases both his fiddle and whistle, demonstrating his ability to play them as solo melody instruments, accompanying textures, or components of a dynamic ensemble sound.
We are delighted and privileged to have Ciarán on this journey with us. I am sure you will agree, it will be a much coveted tour and places are limited so get in touch to ensure you don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to play along with, or to just enjoy, the music of Ciarán and friends.