Mayo folk group Céide will perform their first gig in over ten years in Matt Molloy’s on Thursday night, April 18. A trad band with a contemporary twist, Céide is comprised of Brian Lennon (flute, low whistles, vocals), Tom Doherty (accordion, melodeon, snare drum), John McHugh (fiddle), Kevin Doherty (double bass), Declan Askin (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Marianne Knight (vocals, flute and accordion).
For many years Céide performed both nationally and internationally, appearing on many well-known TV shows. In 2009 they decided in to ‘pull into the lay by’ to concentrate on their young families. Now, ten years later they are reuniting for a concert that will feature music from both their early albums along with new arrangements and songs.
Céide released their highly regarded debut album ‘Like a Wild Thing’ in 2001 (containing a cover version of the titular ‘Like A Wild Thing’, by popular Westport singer/songwriter Tony Reidy), and their much-anticipated second album ‘Out of Their Shell’ with the addition of new vocalist Marianne Knight in 2006.
Both albums received excellent reviews from Irish and international music press. “Céide are a quintet with not just attitude, but finesse by the bucket load,” wrote Irish Times reviewer Siobhán Long, who also later said of ‘Out of Their Shell’: ‘Busy and bold, Céide’s second collection emerges from its west Mayo chrysalis like a butterfly intent on parading her intricate designs’.
Meanwhile, the Irish Music Review’s Geoff Wallis opined: “‘Out of Their Shell’ is the most striking album to be released by an Irish traditional band for some years and absolutely worth investigation”, while Bill Margeson of The Chicago Irish American News wrote: “This is terrific, traditional music played with gusto and understanding—a rare combination. It got us dancing around the room, and with this arthritis, that ain’t easy! Go Céide!”
Doors open at 8pm; concert starts at 8.30pm. Admission €10.