Hoodman Blind are a contemporary Irish trio based in Limerick, Ireland. Niamh O Brien (harp), Seán Ó Dalaigh (fiddle) and Finn Harper (accordion) came together in 2016 to start a new journey in traditional music incorporating new compositions and the musics of Finland and Sweden, where they have both studied and performed. In a short space of time they have gathered a loyal following of listeners and been invited to perform at some of Ireland’s biggest festivals such as Other Voices and Electric Picnic as well as festivals abroad such as Kaustinen Festival in Finland.
The ethos of the band is to create a musical landscape that brings an array of colors and shades to the tradition. Hoodman Blind have been lauded for their intricate arrangements of tunes and songs that create a sound that is greater than the sum of its parts. The group have just released their first record with the help of experts in the field of traditional and contemporary Irish music, Jack Talty (Ensemble Eriu) and Sean Og Graham (Beoga). While their recording has garnered much praise, it is in live performance that the trio come alive, bringing the audience into the world of their own imagination and making music.
“Music that cuts right through to the heartstrings and the nerve-endings at the same time.” Ian Bascombe, The Journal Of Music.
“This music is magnificent. A wonderful combination of individual talent and a shared musical vision. Innovative without being intellectual. Emotive and raw yet complex with great production.” Matthew Noone, Musician and Ethnomusicologist.
Amanda Cavanaugh & Niamh O Brien
Amanda Cavanaugh (fiddle) and Niamh O'Brien (harp) first met at the University of Limerick in 2010 and became fast friends and musical partners. They enjoy playing creative arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes from Irish, Scandinavian, and American folk traditions. They plan to tour the United States in Summer 2019.