A massive thank you to FolkCast for featuring 'Silence of the Chickens' from our new album Celtivation as this months 'Insanely Mental Instrumental'! You can listen to the podcast here (we're on at 57:57):
Side note: unfortunately we've had to move the release date of Celtivation back to 7th September 2017, but you can pre-order your copies from the 9th June at: https://andhafolk.bandcamp.com/album/celtivation
Brighton Fringe and Brighton Festival, as well as The Great Escape, make May in the city one of the busiest times of the year. One of the benefits is that performers from across the country, and across the world, can perform in our fair city, and not always just a one-off show as is often the case on UK tours. One show which is appearing in Brighton no fewer than 7 times this month is An Dha: Supertigers. With performances at both the Brighton Buddhist Centre and Brighton Komedia, there is no excuse to miss out on this string duo that is quite unlike anything you will have heard before.
An Dha: SupertigersSupertigers is a brand new show from the Celtic folk/jazz/pop cello and fiddle duo An Dha, whose name literally translates to 'The Two' in Gaelic. Their music is lively, fun and entertaining to all, not just the classical music elite. We're not 100% sure if they will be wearing the onesies shown in the video below for the show, but even the possibility makes it worth a punt in our books. With the tagline 'Dont take life too seriously' and the hashtag #BeASupertiger, An Dha's shows come ahead of the release of their latest album Celtivation, which is available to buy at the gigs ahead of its public release. The show is a family-friendly fusion of styles which is sure to get your toes tapping and leave you with a smile on your face.
Big thank you to Jon Southcoasting for the great review of our show at the Brighton Komedia and Brighton Buddhist centre in the Brighton Fringe.
Read the full review at http://brightonsource.co.uk/features/week-one-brighton-festival-fringe-2017/
An Dhá: Supertigers
After lots of hard work and scrapping everything and starting from scratch twice we have finally finished recording our new album 'Celtivation'. Very excited to have sent it off to be pressed now! It's got some great tracks on it, some old favourites like 'Silence of the Chickens' and some relatively new ones including an epic new Air by Sarah called 'Tartan Fields'. Watch this space for the release date and taster tracks :) ...
Big thanks to DPA Microphones, RØDE Microphones, Steinberg andHP for making such awesome gear. We love our Dvote 4099s, NT55s and UR44!
Don't miss out on out new show An Dha: Supertigers at the Brighton Fringe this May! We will be playing some of our unique fiddle and cello Celtic Folk music with some new tunes and a lot of fun! An Dha will be playing the Brighton Komedia as well as the Brighton Buddhist Centre.
Check out the Brighton Fringe website for more details of our shows!
We love surprise gigs! On Wednesday afternoon we had an invitation to play at the Brighton Fringe 2017 registration opening party at Merkaba. The act that was due to play had had to cancel due to the train strikes and they asked us VERY late notice (around 3 hours!). We had never been to the cocktail bar Merkaba before so we were impressed by the stylish almost space-ship styling inside (as well as their INCREDIBLE cocktails which included a specially designed 'Fringe' cocktail).
Despite some technical issues with the PA we were meant to be using we played a short set after the Mayor, Councillor Pete West, and Director of the Brighton Fringe Julian Caddy made introductions and gave a short speech about the Fringe. Crowd favourites 'Silence of the Chickens' and 'Jenny Dang the Weaver' got some feet stamping! The fish definitely enjoyed our performance (yes... fish in a bar).
We can't wait for Fringe 2017!!
We had an incredible night at the Cambridge Folk Cub on Friday. We were playing at one of their monthly Open stage nights, and what a night it was! With some wonderful acts playing and singing songs from Folk traditions all over the world it was an incredible mixture of styles and genres. We played some of our favourite tunes from our upcoming LP Supertigers including crowd favourite 'Silence of the Chickens' by Jaya and a set of two C Minor tunes 'Culloden House' and 'Miss Abercrombie' which we have applied a little bit of jazz and other bits and pieces to. We had a lovely reaction from the crowd with a few people saying we had made their night, people didn't quite know what to expect from instrumental fiddle and cello folk music but by the end of our set they loved it.
I am sure we'll be back in Cambridge soon and we can't wait!
We are playing the Cambridge Folk Club Open Stage night tonight.
8pm (Doors open 7:30)
Entry: £4(door), £3(advance), £2(members), £1(performers).
The Golden Hind
355 Milton Road
Come along for some great tunes if you're free!
We had a great time playing at the Brighton Fringe despite a smattering of technical issues and a last minute venue change. It was so wonderful to play at such incredible venues as the Brighton Buddhist Centre and the Chapel Royal especially with one of our shows selling out and getting a standing ovation at our last show.
Amy Sutton from Fringe Review very kindly came to our final show and wrote us a lovely review which you can find here: http://fringereview.co.uk/review/brighton-fringe/2016/an-dha-urban-folk-music/
‘An Dha’ is Gaelic for ‘The Two’, and what a pair this musical duo make. Formed at the Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, this violin and cello double act make for a deceptively simple powerhouse.
Coming in, the performance area is simply set with the two instruments, and the musicians Jaya and Sarah are there to greet us and chat, with all the ease and good humour of good friends sat around a pub table. There is none of the strict formality of a traditional classical performance, no distance between audience or performer, making the space feel easy and accessible regardless of age or musical experience. In an audience aged eight to eighty, all were welcome.
Every song is either an original composition from the pair or a delicious reimagining of a traditional tune, and each comes with their own inspiration and backstory from the musicians’ own personal experience. As Jaya and Sarah introduce each song and the history behind it – from the tune inspired by a friend entitled ‘Clogging Up the Hoover’, to an improv jazz set called ‘Procrastination’, to a jig born out of a wayward journey across late-night London – you get a real sense of the people behind the instruments, their lives and passions interwoven and inextricable from their music.
And then the music itself starts, and what these two create together is nothing short of alchemy. They play with bite, with craft, and with soul, the music coming from some vital wellspring within them. These are the songs of their lives – of places, people and moments that have impacted them, and the pair are moved by it, dancing and stamping along to the point where they are wiping the sweat from their brows at the end of each set. Here are two young performers with a wealth of talent, blending traditional Scottish and folk influences with jazz and contemporary flavours to impressive effect. With a flick of a bow we are transported to the wilds of the Scottish highlands or across cityscapes, moved to laughter, tears or great Ceilidh whoops. Particularly poignant was the final song, ‘Keep Going’, inspired by a life changing journey to the Isle of Skye, played with such joy and sadness that by the end I was wiping tears from my eyes.
I saw this performance at the beautiful Chapel Royal in Brighton, but I am confident this pair would be as happy in a concert hall as stomping on the grass of a festival field, and I urge you to see this spectacular pair wherever you can. Go if you appreciate music and be swept away by a rich and masterful performance. Go if you are a musician and learn about the creative process of two skilled contemporaries. Go if you are a human being and reconnect with your ability to feel, deeply and joyfully.
- Matt Tighe has very kindly sent us over his review of our album Skylines.
Here it is,
"The traditional music of Scotland is a well documented tradition and has withstood the test of time. Whether it is the fiddle playing of the Western Highlands, the North East, the Borders or the Islands, the Gaelic singing of Lewis or the iconic sound of the Great Highland Bagpipes, Scottish music is still a massive part of Scottish culture. Something that has been slightly lost in the ages is the fiddle and cello duo and the cello’s role in folk music in general. In recent years there have been many cellists that have started reviving the cello in folk music such as Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston and Tristan Clarridge but none has formidable as Natalie Haas and her fiddle playing partner in crime, Alasdair Fraser. An Dha, (Jaya Hanley and Sarah James), come directly from that fiddle and cello sound, (having attended the school on the Isle of Skye run by Fraser and Haas), however they put their own personality into the style.
On first listening to this album I could hear the classical training that Sarah James and Jaya Hanley have received in the tone of their playing as well as the neatness in the execution of the tunes. While their style of playing is distinctly Scottish in character there are other influences that shine through. The phrasing, feel and intricate bow ornaments suggest roots in Scotland’s tradition but the attention to the over all ensemble and to each others playing suggest classical and jazz influences. Something that also stood out to me is their ability to play both dance tunes and slower compositions equally excellently. Two stand out tracks are the opening and finale of the album. The first track entitled, “Night on the Town”, is a slower reel and a jig and are played with tremendous style and character. The last track is a slow air entitled, “Keep Going”, and is delivered with a great deal of spontaneity and genuine, “In the moment" emotion. The compositions on this album also suggest influence from classical and jazz musics, with tunes employing extended forms and harmonic progressions that are slightly more adventurous than the average set of reels that you might here in the pub.
On the whole, I feel that this is a very strong debut from An Dhá indeed and I predict big things to come for them in the future. If you are a lover of that traditional sound with a contemporary twist put on it then this is most certainly for you." Matt Tighe