Cady Finlayson, fiddle
Cady Finlayson has brought her Spirited Irish fiddling to 35 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.
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), Caramoor (NY), the Oratory Church of St. Boniface (NY), Historic Park-McCullough (VT), Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (NY), United Nations International School (NY), Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NY), GreenMarket (NY), Queens Public Library (Main Branch, NY), Windmuller Park (NY), Long Hill United Methodist Church Concert Series (CT), Crossroads Bellevue (WA), Airplay Cafe (OR), Mississippi Pizza (OR), KBOO radio (OR).
“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