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Ennis, Munster, Ireland | SELF

Ennis, Munster, Ireland | SELF
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"Guidewires - "ll" Album review IMM"

Padraig Rynne and Tola Custy on concertina and fiddle team up with Breton fluter fantastic, Sylvain Barou to provide the frontline of this young Irish band. Belfast guitarist, Paul McSherry and Doolin bouzouki boy wonder, Karol Lynch fill the backline. There was a live album in 2010, which was very well received, certainly by me. Now the boys have been in the studio, Triona Ní Dhomhnaill popped in for a couple of songs, and album number two presents more of the Guidewires hallmark mix: original tunes, a few compositions by modern composers from all over Europe, and some pure traditional material.

The lion’s share of composing credits goes to Padraig, with six new pieces, but all five core members have tunes here. Sylvain stresses the Breton aspect with Toonagh Ridée, and adds his high Breton bagpipes to the band’s sound. King of the Scals shows Paul’s composing talents on an offbeat slow reel and a typically Irish minurka (something between a minuet and a mazurka). Two of my favourite tracks are P’s Led Balloon, which combines compositions by everyone except Padraig, and Eff Reels which is straight Irish trad: Garret Barry’s, Hanley’s Tweed, and John Brennan’s. Triona’s two songs are a long slow version of the Scottish song The Selkie of Sule Skerry, and a sultry take on the Clannad favourite Mo Mhaire. The arrangements are gentle, sympathetic, with Triona’s distinctive vocals to the fore. On the instrumental side, Guidewires can slow the pace too: Tola’s tune Buoy M5 is a charming air, and Karol’s waltz Caoimhín sits in the soulful space between Celtic and Old Time. Padraig provides a cracking finale with his jaunty reel Mercury Falling.

All in all, this album lives up to the promise of Guidewires debut: here is a band who can follow the likes of Lúnasa and At First Light, who can keep the rad in trad, and take Irish music with them around the world. - Irish Music Magazine

"Guidewires perform in Glasgow Concert Hall"

YOU have to wonder about a band who decide to release a live album as their debut offering. Case in point: Ireland's Guidewires. So polished and measured is their live performance, you only have to close your eyes and you'd swear you were listening to them on the latest hi-tech stereo.
This hairy bunch from the Emerald Isle aren't exactly a visual treat, either (no offence, boys), hence the emphasis here is on sound rather than jumping around like, say, those loonies, The Treacherous Orchestra for example. But that's not to say Karol Lynch (bouzouki), Tola Custy (fiddle), Padraig Rynne (concertina), Paul McSherry (guitar) and Breton flautist Sylvain Barou don't indulge in a bit of craic, either – they do.
With tunes given such quirky titles as Everyone Fancies Helen Mirren and The Recession Jig, this superb quintet might not take themselves too seriously, however, their music most certainly is. From Ireland to the Middle East with a whistle stop towards Breton, Guidewires sound like a modern day Bothy Band. Musical error, you suspect, might be treated harshly backstage afterward; however, rarely, if ever, did a note slip or slide anywhere than its designated target. Top stuff in other words. - The Scotsman

"Guidewires - "ll" Album review"

Guidewires II is the long-awaited first studio album from this all-star band. With some of Ireland and Brittany’s finest players; Pádraig Rynne (concertina); Sylvain Barou (flute); Tóla Custy (fiddle); Paul McSherry (guitar) and Karol Lynch (bouzouki), and it does not disappoint!

The music is a high-energy mix of Irish, Breton, Spanish and Greek tunes, most composed by the band members themselves. The recording was engineered by Karol Lynch and the artwork by Sylvain Barou – they are a talented bunch!

The band has invited some of their friends to guest on the album including Triona Ni Domhnaill (vocals and keyboards) and Breton band Gwerz bass player Alain Genty. Triona’s two songs (The Selkie and Mo Mhaire) come from the singing of her late brother Micheal and Daithi Sproule in the early 70’s. These songs are in contrast with the tune sets and add another dimension to the CD.

The arrangements are inventive and the musicianship superb. Pádraig Rynne’s excellent set of 3 slip jigs, Hats Off To Dod being a good example. Highly recommended! - The Living Tradition

"Guidewires performing live at Dranouter Festival - Aug '11."

Happily there was Guidewires . Much Irish traditional, but also own compositions, from concertina wonder Pádraig Rynne and from the Breton Sylvain Barrou who we know from Comas. Sylvain showed us he's not only one of the best flute players of his generation, but that he can handle the uilleann pipes pretty well. The violin celebrated her anniversary by coincidence and tour manager Patrick De Loecker put her to the fore. We forgot the heavy rains outside and the whole tent did go crazy for this quintet. - Folkroddels


2009 - Live
2011 - ll
2014 - new album to be released



With their high-energy performances, breathtaking arrangements and their infectious melodies, its no wonder that this band are being described as "The freshest sound in Irish music".

With four members coming from Ireland and one from Brittany it is inevitable their mix of music is not just Irish but also Breton, Middle Eastern, Galician and newly composed.

Although growing up in the traditions of Irish and breton music the band are considere to have created a new genre of music. Their creative approach makes them stand out head and shoulders above anyone else.

Guidewires have an all-star line up with Irish music's most famous concertina player Pádraig Rynne, Breton music's hottest name Sylvain Barou on Flute, one of Ireland's most recognisable names Tóla Custy on fiddle, top producer and performer Paul McSherry on guitar and one of the fastest growing stars in Irish music, Karol Lynch on Bouzouki.
All members have had renowned fame individually within music. Their love and passion of this music has brought them together to create this unique and groundbreaking band "Guidewires".

The bands debut album "Live" was released in Sept '09 and is described by The Irish Times as "A spectacular, multicoloured debut". This album gained the band the best of respect in the world Music scene and catapulted them to the top of a list of popular bands to emerge from Ireland and Brittany.

Guidewires new album entitled "ll" is their second album and a studio recording which was released in April 2011. The band have invited some of their friends to guest on the album including Triona Ni Domhnaill (vocals and keyboards). Alain Genty from famous Breton band Gwerz (bass), Erwan Hammon (bombarde) from The Hamon Martin Quintet and the amazing American drummer Mike Shimmin from the band Millish.

With both of their albums been the fastest selling albums of their genre in that year in Ireland its no wonder that they are considered amongst the best that Ireland has ever produced.

Guidewires have been headlining the most sought after festivals in Europe over the last few years and have a very large fan base.

Guidewires are considered to be the trend setters when in comes to Wold/Celtic music. Their shows are not to be missed. A band that always strive to be ahead of the game, Guidewires are open for business and will be releasing a new album which work has just started on in the near future.