Two Tap Trio

Two Tap Trio

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The Two Tap Trio will touch your heart and then get you up dancing! High energy traditional Irish music with a trio of outstanding young musicians. Lively jigs and reels on fiddle, flute and whistle with virtuosic guitar accompaniment. A wide range of songs with killer vocal harmonies.

Biography

"Brings sunlight into your heart and set your feet a dancing.” The Munster Express

“Her singing left me goose-pimpled all over – a sure sign of a gutsy, emotional delivery laced with meaning and pathos” - Fred Silver

"The backing of Miller on guitar flexes not just muscle but a fully complementary style."
-Earle Hitchner, IRISH ECHO

In the Fall of 2005, Vancouver singer and flute player Norah Rendell and Twin Cities guitarist Brian Miller found themselves both living in Ireland in search of a deeper understanding of the traditional Irish music they had fallen in love with back home. Their first concerts as a duo were a hit with the Irish.

Now based in the Twin Cities, Norah and Brian have launched a debut album of gorgeous traditional and contemporary folk songs and driving Irish dance tunes, Wait There Pretty One. They are thrilled to have added Nathan Gourley's fiddle to the Trio adding energy and variety to the show.

Norah Rendell
Norah sings and plays Irish flute and whistle “with a degree of style and sensitivity envied by many” says Tim Carroll of FolkWords. In Canada, Norah has performed live on the CBC and at the Mission Folk Festival, the Rogue Folk Club and venues throughout British Columbia and Alberta as a founding member of Canadian roots band Cleia. In 2005, Norah was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for Performing Arts to study traditional flute and singing in Ireland. She kept busy, earning an MA in Irish traditional music from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in between island hopping excursions to such venues as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sidmouth Folk Festival with the UK/Ireland-based band The Outside Track. Since relocating to Minneapolis, Norah has joined the ultratraditional Doon Ceili Band led by County Offaly’s Paddy O’Brien.

Brian Miller
Esteemed Irish music critic Earle Hitchner writes that “the backing of [Brian] Miller on guitar flexes not just muscle but a fully complementary style.” Also an accomplished singer and flute player, Miller began playing Irish music as a high-schooler in Bemidji, Minnesota. He has been a highly visible character in the Twin Cities Irish music scene since 1998, while often sneaking away to his other adopted home of Cork, Ireland. As a member of a number of groups and duos including The Tommie Cunniffe Trio, Gan Bua, The Doon Ceili Band, 5 Mile Chase and Laura and the Lads, Miller has performed throughout the US, Canada and Ireland. In Ireland he has been featured on TG4, RTE television and RTE radio. The Irish Times called his guitar accompaniment on Tommie Cunniffe’s 2007 solo album “superb”.

Nathan Gourley
Nathan held his first fiddle at 2 years of age. With support from his musical family (in particular his father who is a fiddler), Nathan enrolled in Suzuki violin lessons when he was 5 years old. He went on to study classical violin with Gene Purdue, former first violin of the Thouvenel Quartet. In his younger years, Nathan made regular stage appearances as a guest in many of his father’s bands such as Stone Soup, Buffalo Trail and Rosewood Moct. It was during annual trips to numerous fiddle and folk music festivals where Nathan was exposed to all sorts of fiddlers such as Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Alasdair Fraser, Brendan Mulvahill, Dale Russ and Laura Risk. In spite of his classical background and a stint as a member of the University of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, traditional Irish music has become Nathan's passion. Now settled in the Twin Cities, he is a member of The Doon Ceili Band and the Two Tap Trio and is active in numerous Irish sessions.

Discography

Wait There Pretty One - Norah Rendell and Brian Miller, 2007, Two Tap Records (www.myspace.com/norahirendell)
Live at Martyrs - Gan Bua, 2006, Indie (www.myspace.com/ganbua)
The Outside Track - The Outside Track, 2007, Bedspring Records (www.myspace.com/theoutsidetrack)

Set List

40-60 minute sets
Example set
Jacksons/Heathery Breeze - reels
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shores - song
William and Davey - song
Grogan's/Felix the Cat - jigs
Green Grows the Laurel - song
Welcome Poor Paddy Home - song
Harp and Shamrock/Stack of Barley - hornpipes
Little Ball of Yarn - song
Martin Wynne's/Rakish Paddy - reels
The Cocks are Crowing - song