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The Gloaming’s five musicians are all remarkable players who lend their individual sounds and styles into the mix. Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh adds the tougher, maverick edge with the unexpected drone effects and textures of the Hardanger D'Amore. He explains how he came to play this unusual instrument:

“I play a stunning 10-string instrument made by Norwegian luthier Salve Håkedal. The top five bowed gut strings plus the five sympathetic strings below give the fiddle a wonderful resonant sound. It is somewhere between a hardanger fiddle and a viola d'amore. While Salve calls this instrument a 5+5, and Dan Trueman (for whom the first one was made) calls his a 5x5, I’ve decided mine likes being called a Hardanger d'Amore.

I use baroque and transitional bows made by a wonderful French bowmaker named Michel Jamonneau. His bows are things of great beauty, and for me they are like paintbrushes for sound. They are the perfect match for the Hardanger d'Amore, and together they teach me something every time I pick them up, expanding what is thinkable and possible.”  Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh

Q&A with Caoimhin via The Mouth Magazine


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Published 3rd Mar 2014, 4:38pm »
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