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Sophie & Fiachra (duo)

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Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it  in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.

Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie, the uilleann piping and Banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan from Ireland. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.

“This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at it’s very, very best” said Mike Harding. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with their respective musical traditions.

Sophie & Fiachra Trio

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The Sophie & Fiachra Trio are a group of “musiciens sans frontières who refuse to let the Atlantic sunder their love of their own and one another’s Irish and Québecois musical traditions”.

Comprising of Irish uilleann piper Fiachra O’Regan, Québec fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, and guitarist André Marchand, the trio take traditional Irish and Québécois traditional music, blended with Lavoie’s “lithe and masterful” compositions. Their choice of songs will “captivate the most casual listener”

“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”
Quotes from Siobhán Long, of The Irish Times

“this is pretty splendid stuff… …Lavoie’s vocal performance is especially impressive on the title-track”
Kevin Bourke, Songlines Magazine, April 2017

 

“One of the rising stars of Québécois music”
Vic Smith(writing of Sophie), fRoots Magazine, Jan 2017

 

“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse.”
Siobhan Long, The Irish Times, 25/08/ 2016 read article

 

“Le trio trad brille autant par l’intensité de son élan musical que par le raffinement de ses arrangements et de ses interprétations”
Louis Cornellier, La Devoir, 15/01/2016 read article

 

“…the ease and eloquence with which they play together is crystal clear…”
Bill Whelan (Riverdance) read article

 

“This debut will satisfy those who love both Irish and French-Canadian tunes, played well and from the heart.”
Li Robbins, Songlines, Oct 2014 read article

 

“…very talented trio…tight instrumental playing…”
Vic Smith, fRoots, 14/11/2014 read article

 

“…invigorating…”
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times, 29/08/2014 read article

 

“…musique vibrante, dynamique et colorée…”
Philippe Cousin, Chroniques, France 2010

 

“Sensational: Don’t miss them if they are appearing near you.”
Fiona Forbes (The Acoustic Music Club. Kirkcaldy, Scotland)

 

“Outstanding ability….Sophie & Fiachra have a great mix”
Donal Lunny

 

“…foot-tapping, energetic, pulsating music…”
Bay Chronicle, New-Zealand, 26/05/2011 read article

 

“…I am looking forward to hearing more of what these two fine young musicians get up to!”
Bill Whelan (Riverdance)

 

“What a kick off. Where they got the energy from I don’t know.”
Acoustic Roterham (UK)

 

“Music knows no borders, and Sophie & Fiachra know how to enjoy themselves with some lively music. Their respective styles fit to each other like a glove…”
FolkWorld.de Music Web-zine (Germany) read article

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