Philip Duffy is one of the highly respected traditional fiddlers of his generation in the North Connaught region. His style of playing displays influences from the great fiddle masters of Co Sligo, where he grew up and still lives.
I first came in contact with him in the late seventies when his mother took him along to my fiddle class in Ballaghaderreen. He was still a young lad going to school but ,from day one, his strong interest in the music, his eagerness to learn and his abundance of musical talent were very evident. He took to the music like the proverbial duck to water.
From there on i have observed, with interest and great satisfaction, his musical talent blossoming and his expertise developing to make him the excellent musician he is today.
This album demonstrates his deep knowledge of, and respect for his native music. His tasteful playing dislays his mastery of the fiddle and his understanding of the beauty and richness of the music. His music flows with fluency and clarity and sensitive accompaniment by fellow Sligomen, Kevin Brehony, on piano and Hugh Sullivan, on bodhran together with guitar player, Declan Courell, from Mayo, which is never overdone, helps to enhance the overall performance.
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