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Quebecois and Ireland United! - Sophie & Fiachra Perform at Café Paradiso

Location: 101 N. Main St, Fairfield, IA 52556
Event Date: Thu, May 17, 2018
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Québécois and Ireland United! - Sophie & Fiachra Perform at Café Paradiso

“One of the rising stars of Québécois music” -Vic Smith, fRooots

"Irish music with a Quebecois twist at it's very very best” -Mike Harding -The Mike Harding Folk Show

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” says Mike Harding of The Mike Harding Folk Show. 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 Lavoie comes from Lac-St-Jean in Québec. She first was introduced to the world of music when learning the classical piano at a young age. After becoming interested in the traditional music of Québec, she started to learn the fiddle by listening to legendary fiddlers from her region. She created with two other musicians the successful band “L’attisée” who play traditional music from Quebec. From 2005 to 2008, Sophie performed with L’Attisée all over Québec and in Ireland, and record the eponymous album L’Attisée , which was nominated as Album Traditional of The Year at ADISQ 2011. In 2008, she met the Irish piper Fiachra O’Regan and together formed the duo Sophie & Fiachra. Together, they produced the albums “Sophie & Fiachra” in 2010, “Rewind” in 2014, and “Un Canadien” errant in 2016.

Fiachra O‘Regan, from Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland, plays Irish music on the Uilleann Pipes and Whistle, He is a senior All Ireland Champion on both these instruments. Fiachra has performed throughout the world, touring with his own group as well as with many other artists. In 2008, Fiachra recorded Aisling Gheal, his first solo album, and has since recorded three albums with quebecois fiddler Sophie Lavoie, as well as appearing as a guest on many other albums.

Showtime is Thursday, May 17th at 8PM. Tickets are $10 in advance (cafeparadiso.net or at Café Paradiso), $12 at the show.

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