Award-winning five-piece Teada are on Tyneside tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.
THEY were once named best traditional newcomers in Ireland, now Blarney quintet Teada are to show their worth in the North East.
The group are at the Tyneside Irish Centre tomorrow as part of a touring schedule that has them as one of the busiest bands on the traditional music scene.
Teada established themselves in 2003, with their self-named debut album garnering plaudits and awards from numerous magazines, following it up with 2004’s Give Us a Penny and Let Us Be Gone.
Though all its members are in their early 20s, Teada’s fresh approach draws much of its inspiration from the past.
Teada is led by Oisin MacDiarmada from County Sligo, a gifted and creative fiddle player, with Paul Finn on accordion, Sean McElwain on guitar and bouzouki, bodhran player Tristan Rosenstock and flautist Damien Stenson.
Last year they released their CD/DVD Inne Amaranch (which means Yesterday/ Tomorrow), a fully instrumental offering which received great reviews.
It was No 1 in the RTE Radio 1 Late Session Top 20 Albums of 2006, No 2 in The Irish Times’s top five albums of 2006 and No 7 in the folk category of MOJO magazine’s end of year poll.
A critic for the latter wrote: “Teada offers Irish traditional music renewed zest and clarity. With nothing mindless in their tunes, they have a remarkably clean, fluent sound, whipping up a frenzy without ever forcing the issue, and in Oisin MacDiarmada they have a guy with the potential to become one of the fiddle greats.”
Teada in fact first came to public attention through an appearance on the innovative Irish television series Flosc in 2001.
Oisin graduated in music education from Trinity College, Dublin. In addition to his widespread performing activities, he is respected internationally as a fiddle tutor and for his journalistic, lecturing and production work.
Paul is fast becoming one of the rising young stars of button accordion playing in Ireland. Particularly known for a pulsating and rhythmic performance style, his playing has featured prominently in major international touring dance productions, as well as in the indigenous session scene throughout Ireland.
Damien is noted for his extensive repertoire and flowing style of playing, honed by many years of extensive musical activity.
Sean brings a strong string dimension to Teada, through his dynamic contributions on guitar and bouzouki. In recent times, touring performances have seen him gaining growing accolades for his accompaniment and melodic skills from many quarters. He holds a master’s in electronic commerce, but currently plays music full-time.
Prominent in Dublin’s musical circles in recent years, Tristan has just completed his studies in Irish and Old Irish at Trinity College, Dublin, and presently performs on a full-time basis with Teada.
AT A GLANCE
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25
WHERE: Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle
TELEPHONE: (0191) 261 0389 / (0191) 222 0398
TICKETS: £10/£7.50, available from Windows (0191) 232 1356