‘Seldom does a musician utterly inhabit a tradition while still expressing him or herself with such originality’ -Siobhán Long, The Irish Times.
Solo / Elbow Room:
From Steve Hunt's 5-star review in fRoots Magazine: ‘audacious and richly-textured...soulful, virtuosic and satisfyingly uncompromising’
‘on the cutting edge of virtuosity’ -Dan Neely in The Irish Echo
‘a feast of quite extraordinary fiddle playing’ -Rod Stradling, Musical Traditions Internet Magazine
Conor Caldwell & Danny Diamond / NORTH
NORTH was hailed as ‘a long-playing delight’ in Siobhán Long’s 5-star review for The Irish Times (July 29th 2016), nominated for Traditional Album of the Year 2016 in the same publication, and described as ‘a gem of a recording’ by Tony Lawless in a review for RTÉ Culture.
Click here to read Siobhán Long's 5-star review from The Irish Times (July 29th 2016) in full.
Click here to read Anna Bradley-Scott's review on her blog, Lost In Listening.
Click here to read Tony Lawless' review from RTÉ Culture.
Click here to read Phil Heath-Coleman's review for Musical Traditions magazine.
Solo / Fiddle Music
In a 5-star review in The Irish Times (August 1st 2014), Siobhán Long described Diamond’s playing as ‘ambitious and authoritative’ and acclaimed his album Fiddle Music as a ‘definite contender for CD of the year’. Dan Neely writing in The Irish Echo (August 6th 2014) hailed Fiddle Music as ‘a brilliant album that reflects both a high-level professional engagement with the music’s deeper history and also a grounded understanding of what the current trends are’. In September 2014 Fiddle Music was chosen as Album of the Month on TradConnect.com, with reviewer Tony Lawless praising the album as ‘truly outstanding’, describing Diamond’s music as ‘visceral in its intensity and individuality’, and rating the recording in the top 5 releases of the year. From reviewer Michael Quinn, writing in Songlines Magazine (November/December 2014), Fiddle Music is ‘one of the most charismatic and compelling Irish discs of the year’.
Click here to read Siobhán Long's review from The Irish Times in full.
Click here to read Tony Lawless' review from TradConnect.com in full.
Click here to read a review of the album by fiddle player, writer and researcher Caoimhín Mac Aoidh.
Click here to read an in-depth interview on the Fiddle Music project on TradConnect.com.
Click here to read a transcription of the official launch of Fiddle Music from Dr Conor Caldwell's Tradtalk blog.