Celtic Fiddle, Harp and Song

Máire Breatnach is a musician of exceptional calibre on the Irish music scene. 
An accomplished violinist and composer, she has participated in almost all of the leading Irish music recordings of recent years, playing a variety of instruments including fiddle, viola, whistle, piano, keyboards and guitar, and she is also widely known for her studio session work and for her expertise as an arranger, producer and composer of many outstanding film scores. 
As the initial fiddler with "Riverdance - The Show" she worked closely with Bill Whelan, performing on the original CD, and has also worked with, amongst others, Nigel Kennedy, Mike Oldfield, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Altan, Mary Black, Donovan, Alan Stivell, Dolores Keane, Sharon Shannon and Sinéad O'Connor. 
Máire's film and TV music credits to date include "In the Name of the Father", "The Secret of Roan Inish", "Rob Roy", "Voyage", "A Freezing Summer" and "Angela Mooney Dies Again". Her group, "The Maire Breatnach Band", was awarded the title "Irish Folk Group of the Year" , and her CD's, "Angels' Candles", “Aislingí Ceoil”, “The Voyage of Bran" and "Celtic Lovers" are considered as classics both in the fields of traditional music and contemporary composition. 
Máire began her formal musical education at the age of 6 years in Dublin's College of Music, where she studied both violin and piano. On leaving school, she won the prestigious Eamonn Ceannt Scholarship for distinction in Music and the Irish Language. She later studied Music and Celtic Languages at University College, Dublin, and Ethnomusicology at Queen's University, Belfast, where she was a doctoral student of the late Prof. John Blacking.        www.mairebreatnach.com
Thomas Loefke learnt his trade in Dublin from Ireland's leading harp players: Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Helen Davies, Janet Harbison and Áine Ní Dhúill. Since 1984 he has toured across Europe, Canada, the USA and New Zealand and has won several international prizes, including first prize at the O'Carolan Harp Festival in Ireland. In addition to his solo work and the tours with Máire Breatnach Thomas regularily tours with Kerstin Blodig and Ian Melrose as Norland Wind, with Colorado based cello/guitar duo Acoustic Eidolon, with Faroese violinist Angelika Hansen as duo Norðan, flutist Ellen Czaya and pianist Lutz Gerlach. Latest album: Norðan 2  

videos:  5 minute concert   Conor‘s and Deirdre‘s Reels   Snowy Birchtrees  
              Wishing Stone 
press release photo1    press release photo2   Sound file
booking: thomas@norlandwind.eu  tel: +49 171 271 0944

North Atlantic Bridge
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Drowsy Maggie
Svabo‘s Minuet No 30
Norland Rails
Calling of the Moor
and the pictures
Norland Wind
Norland Wind trio
Thomas Loefke 
Máire & Thomas
Acoustic Eidolon
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the photo book
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Máire Breatnach  vocals, fiddle, viola

Thomas Loefke  Celtic harp

The CDs "Norland Wind" and "Atlantic Driftwood" started off the musical collaboration of Máire Breatnach and Thomas Loefke  In their duo programme Máire and Thomas play original compositions with strong Irish roots. Fiddle and harp combine to generate haunting soundscapes full of emotional energy, creative tension and sheer beauty.

                      Album: Rock Pools

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