West Ocean String Quartet

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Traditional Music and Song from County Fermanagh by Cyril Maguire The West Ocean String Quartet's second CD exemplifies the continuing interest of musicians in extending the boundaries of traditional music, in this case framing the music within the context of an art music ensemble. The quartet's members themselves have vast experience across a range of styles: Seamus McGuires fiddling has embraced both local repertoires and the transnational (with Buttons and Bows); Niamh Crowley has worked extensively both as a soloist and with major Irish ensembles; and Ken Rice's playing has ranged from the baroque to popular music. Yet it is cellist and composer Neil Martin's voice which predominates here, as four of the pieces are new compositions of his, the others being his arrangements of traditional material.

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