The Routes Quartet - in McGirl's Bar, Ballinamore this Saturday

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The Routes Quartet - in McGirl's Bar, Ballinamore this Saturday

The Routes Quartet.

The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions.

The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of Cello (Rufus Huggan), Viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two Fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan).  The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing.

The string quartet instrumentation is well established in other genres but is entirely new to the British folk scene.  Routes set out to arrange and explore the vast textures, tones and intimate musical qualities that are characteristic of the string quartet, but with a folky, rootsy accent.  

Their debut album ‘Windrose’ is produced by none other than highly acclaimed fiddle player Patsy Reid.

In keeping with their diverse musical presentations, McGirl's bar Ballinamore are proud to present this unique offering all the way from Glasgow.  Taking what would normally be reserved for concert halls into its intimate setting.  The Routes Quartet will showcase their distinct sound and then open up to a rocking trad session with local musicians.

The Routes Quartet appearing at McGirl's Bar, Ballinamore this Saturday, November 25 at 10pm.