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".
Ciaran's musical influences come from deep within the Irish tradition. This Irish connection led to Ciaran taking part in the Fleadhs run by Comhaltas, in which he was extremely successful. Over 8 years of competing, he won 20 regional titles, 12 British titles and 1 All Ireland title across various categories (Fiddle, Fiddle Slow Airs, Bodhran) all by the time he was 16 years old!
In late 2011, Ciaran met young singer and guitarist Greg Russell for the first time, and played a few songs with him. 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. With plans for a new album in 2016, the duo are very much still on rise.
In 2015, Ciaran began working on a solo project, which resulted in this his debut solo album, The Final Waltz. This album is influenced by many different artists over many different genres of music, which produces a fairly unique style. Three of the four songs on the album are self-penned. The main vocalist in the band is up and coming singer, Sam Kelly, runner up in Britain's Got Talent and now a serious Folk musician. The majority of the album, however, is instrumental, and the tunes that are used in the sets are a selection of Ciaran's favourites that he has learnt over the last 11 years of playing Irish fiddle. Rather than recording every tune set with fiddle and guitar and producing a really traditional-sounding album, Ciaran wanted to combine traditional tunes with a contemporary-style of accompaniment. The Ciaran Algar band will be touring in 2016.
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“"There are some really fine tracks on Ciaran Algar's debut solo album, especially Popcorn Behaviour and Morrison's. The fiddle player has the ability to capture a song and makes it whirl. He is ably supported on the album by Sam Kelly (vocals and guitar) and Toby Shaer. Flute player Shaer and Algar blend with great skill on The Final Waltz. It's good to see Algar growing in musical ambition, and on his debut he also plays mandolin, banjo, guitars, bouzouki and percussion - and takes lead vocals on one of the four songs he has written". (4*)”The Telegraph (Martin Chilton)