Ciaran is a multi-instrumentalist (Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, and Percussion) who is quickly becoming one of the most highly-regarded young musicians on the Folk circuit today. His playing has been described by fRoots as “engagingly empathetic and honest with a lovely tone” whilst Living Tradition magazine said he “exudes a life experience of a skill finely-honed from a myriad music sessions in a million bars”.

In late 2011, Ciaran met young singer and guitarist Greg Russell for the first time, and played a few songs with him at a solo gig at Newhampton Folk Club. Four years later, the duo have won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (and a third nomination), two albums and a live DVD to their name, and are fast becoming one of the hottest acts on the folk circuit. In 2015, Ciaran began working on a solo project, which resulted in his debut solo album, The Final Waltz.

Ciaran has been posting a daily video collaborating with a range of amazing musicians on his facebook account. We’ve included some of these below. Like his facebook page via the link at the top of this page to ensure you get to see all of them!

You can also sign up to Ciaran’s Patreon page HERE to access to exclusive videos of songs and tunes, Fiddle tutorial videos, personalised shoutouts and even some hand-drawn artwork in the post- what more could you want?

Fleur de Mandragore- Ciaran Algar and Jenn Butterworth

It’s Day 9 of #ciaranscoronacollabs and I bloody love this one, because Jenn Butterworth is the absolute business. Playing (another) Lunasa tune called Fleur de Mandragore, which has always been one of my absolute favourites. Check out Jenn’s Patreon- well worth every penny!

Posted by Ciaran Algar on Friday, 27 March 2020
Fleur de Mandragore- Ciaran Algar and Jenn Butterworth
Ciaran’s Corona Collaborations #8- Josie Duncan

Day #8 of Ciaran’s Corona Collaborations features the incredibly talented Josie Duncan singing a song that we performed with The Tweed Project in our most recent tour and I fell in love with it. It’s called ‘Ain’t No Ash Will Burn’, and you can find beautiful recorded versions from John Smith and Paul McKenna. Also featuring Toothless the Dragon (vocals).

Posted by Ciaran Algar on Thursday, 26 March 2020
with Josie Duncan
Ciaran’s Corona Collaborations #7- Mohsen Amini and Sam Humphreys

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Today I’m joined by Mohsen Amini (Ímar/Talisk/several other bands) and Sam Humphreys (Calan/No Good Boyo) to play ‘Macleod’s Farewell’, or The Wedding Reel to fellow Lunasa fans.#ciaranscoronacollabs is a daily project during a period of self-isolation where multi-instrumentalist Ciaran Algar collaborates virtually with incredible musicians from far and wide!

Posted by Ciaran Algar on Wednesday, 25 March 2020
with Mohsen Amini and Sam Humphreys

Day 6 of Ciaran’s Corona Collaborations is with Mr. Banjo himself, Dan Walsh. The tunes are trad and are called Morning Star and Mooncoin Reel. Just to give you all a bit of a break from the fiddle and give you a shot of the good old banjo from one of the most insanely talented musicians I’ve ever worked with!

Posted by Ciaran Algar on Tuesday, 24 March 2020
with Dan Walsh

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