Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga
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Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Duo World Celtic




"CD Review: Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga – Electric Green"

CD Review: Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga – Electric Green

Since summer has made its ferocious entrance, it’s time for party music. It’s too hot to think about anything serious here in New York except for how good it would feel to be in an airconditioned pub with a pint of Guinness and maybe something like what Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga have put together here. Finlayson (her first name is pronounced “caddy” like the car) plays five-string fiddle; Tanga plays acoustic, electric and “percussive” guitar, meaning that he mutes the strings of his electric and then taps out a simple rhythm on them. This album has the feel of a demo put together to show interested publicans what the duo are capable of onstage, but it also makes a good listen for anyone who loves the diversity and emotional resonance of traditional Irish fiddle music.

Over the course of ten brief tracks, the two get a dance groove going, bring it down longingly and wistfully and then back up again. As expected, Finlayson handles the lead lines, with Tanga supplying terse, understated and surprisingly interesting guitar work, especially when he’s using his wah pedal. Most of the tracks here clock in at under two minutes, the most interesting one titled March Set, Finlayson taking a long, vibrant break while Tanga keeps the beat going; they wrap up the album with what they call “All Set for St. Pat’s,” a medley of Wearing of the Green, Sean South and Pumpkin’s Fancy, the latter with almost a reggae groove emanating from the wah-wah guitar pedal. It’s nothing if not imaginative, offering the impression that their live show is good craic. New York is jampacked with first-class Irish musicians: count Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga among them. - Lucid Culture

"Reviews: Harp and Shamrock"

With melodies that range from joyously playful reels to sweet haunting ballads, "Harp and Shamrock" is indeed a CD that breaks past its Irish Celtic roots and implants its soul into world music lovers around the globe...

"Harp and Shamrock" features stellar instrumental performances of Irish standards, as well as original songs written by Cady Finlayson (fiddle) and Elkin Brown (guitar). Along with the fine talents of David DiGuiseppe (accordian), Rex McGee (banjo), John Mock, Shane Theriot, Jim Roberts, and Cynthia Wyatt, this team of gifted musicians help to make a subtly diverse morsel of ear candy for the listener. ....

"Harp and Shamrock" is a powerfully moving CD bursting with pure and natural talent. -

"Irish Coffee by Cady Finlayson"

Irish Coffee by Cady Finlayson
Cady Finlaysons' latest offering "Irish Coffee" features 19 wonderfully arranged instrumental tracks that take listeners to the enchanted land of Ireland with a few additional stops along the way. The disc ranges from very traditional Celtic offerings to tracks that offer a more worldly take (think Afro Celt Sound System with a bit more "Celt").

Stand out tracks for me included: "Tuttle/Caislean Oir" which features virtuoso fiddle playing with the worldly percussion and even the rainstick; - The flowing melody of "Jon Roy Lyall"; ...And "Jury Duty Waltz", which Finlayson wrote while spending a particularly long day waiting for her name to be called to perform her judicial civic duty.

Cady Finlayson is not a new artist by any means. She's a seasoned veteran violinist with three solo albums to her credit, many works with other bands and movie soundtrack work. She's well-traveled and has played Carnegie Hall. Finlayson is both a "violinist" AND a "fiddle player"! She's equipped with the musicianship and chops of a concert violinist with the feeling and spirit of a good old fashioned fiddler! This diversity and well-rounded approach shines through in her music and definitely makes "Irish Coffee" an outstanding release! - -Charles Barber

"Cady Finlayson: Irish Coffee CD"

...."Cady's playing will have you longing for Ireland, even if you've never set fott on the Emerald Isle before." -'s reviews


"Cady Finlayson is a fiddle player with a remarkable talent and vision for her music." - Michael Allison

"Rambles: A Cultural Arts Magazine"

"Finlayson has put together an entertaining album that stretches beyond the bounds of fiddle music. I"d love to hear more from this talented musician," - Tom Knapp

"Dirty Linen"

"Her first solo album, Shines Like Silver (self-produced 2002) is sweet and melodic..." - Tom Nelligan

"Alternatives Nov"

"For Celtic afficionados, Cady Finlayson's new release from Violincaddy Music, "Shines Like Silver" is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...Cady sizzles on the fiddle throughout the 15-track collection." - Linda Atnip

"AMG All Music Guide"

"...Those who are seeking something fresh and interesting from Celtic music will find that Shines Like Silver offers considerable rewards." - Alex Henderson

"New Age Voice"

Cady (pronounced "Caddy") is one of America's top Celtic fiddlers, expressing a level of soulfulness not commonly heard." - PJB


Celtic Purple CD released 2020

Electric Green CD with Vita Tanga

Irish Coffee CD 2007
Harp and Shamrock CD 2004
Shines Like Silver CD 2002
Music in Irish film, "The Emerald Diamond" 2006
Guest appearances on CDs including 3 Pierce Turner CD's, the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County CD, Piper John Bradley's, "A Bagpipe Christmas", and an Irish aerobics DVD (eirerobics).



Cady Finlayson, fiddle

Cady Finlayson has brought her Spirited Celtic fiddling to 38 states
and Ireland, performing at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn
Museum of Art and the Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival.  Her fiddle
CDs have attracted listeners from Australia to Japan and her Irish
Coffee CD was nominated for "Best Celtic CD of 2007" by the NAR
lifestyle awards. Her most recent CD, Celtic Purple, will be released in 2019.  Cady's tv show, "A Fiddle Around Town" captures the behind-the-scenes adventures of her musical life and airs on Brooklyn Free Speech TV.  

Vita Tanga, guitar

Vita has performed and recorded on 4 continents, from Radio City
Music Hall in New York to Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris - his
hometown. He is a sought-after composer in the World/Urban music and
film-scoring scene.

Performance venues: The duo has performed at venues including
Northwest Park (CT), McPherson Celtic Festival,  Caramoor (NY), the Oratory Church of St. Boniface
(NY), Historic Park-McCullough (VT), Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (NY),
United Nations International School (NY), Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (NC), Queens Public Library (Main Branch, NY),
Long Hill United Methodist Church Concert Series (CT),
Crossroads Bellevue (WA), Airplay Cafe (OR), Mississippi Pizza (OR),
KBOO radio (OR).

The Story

“People ask us all the time, how did a French guitarist and a
Brooklyn-based fiddler end up playing Irish music together? It all
started at the most unlikely of Celtic rendezvous - on the First
National Tour of Almost Heaven (a show about John Denver). I’d played
Irish music for years and Vita was well-steeped in the world music and
electronica genres. We were both hired to do this tour, and that’s
where we met, travelling across the country in a van with 5 actors. Vita
and I entertained ourselves during soundchecks playing everything from
French Christmas songs to the Theme from the Muppet Movie. At some
point, though, I just had to play Irish music- I missed it too much.
Vita was happy to go along with this, and every day during the singers’
soundcheck, we would run backstage and try some tunes. We spent many
days doing long drives in the van, and it was easy to share ipods and
get ideas. So that’s how it started. It was a musical chemistry from
the beginning and we have great fun exploring all the possibilities.
Vita brings all sorts of influences to the mix and I sometimes think he
is “the global twist”. -Cady Finlayson

Band Members