Irish band puts modern spin on traditional music

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Irish eyes will be smiling when the trio One for the Foxes makes its metro Detroit debut June 7 at The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms.

The band blends Irish, American and other folk music styles for a sound that’s at once traditional and modern.

One for the Foxes consists of Dave Curley on vocals, guitars, banjo and mandolin; Tadgh Ó Meachair (pronounced “Tyge O’Maher”) on piano and piano accordion; and Joanna Hyde on vocals and fiddle. While he’s been based in Chicago for the last 10 years, Curley is originally from Galway, Ireland, while Ó Meachair is from Dublin. Hyde is a native of Denver, but she and Ó Meachair — who are married — now both live in Dublin.


One for the Foxes on their way to Spanish Peaks!

The roots of One for the Foxes go back to when Tadhg Ó Meachair (Dublin) and I began to work on a recording project together after meeting at the University of Limerick and playing together for a while. Tadhg suggested the idea that his friend Dave Curley (Galway) would be great to include in the project somehow, both as a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist. Tadhg and Dave had also met while studying at the University of Limerick, and had worked together on a few occasions. Fast forward, following our collaboration with Dave on a couple of album tracks, the three of us thought it would be great to continue working as a trio in a broader capacity. We began touring in the spring of 2017, and have been working to build that up over the last while.


If you only buy one trad music album this Christmas…

Via TradConnect: If you are looking for some of the best traditional music from 2017, then this release might do the job nicely.

Featuring fiddle, vocals, piano, and accordion, Tadhg Ó Meachair and Joanna Hyde weave through an imaginative and expressive mixture of Irish and American folk musics on their debut album, One For the Foxes.

Award-winning instrumentalists in their own rights, this duo take a unique twist on the traditions from which they come, entwining traditional melodies, their own compositions, and songs from the broader folk canon.

The album was recorded and co-produced by Seán Óg Graham of Beoga, who also performs on the album (guitar, bouzouki), along with Dave Curley (harmony vocals, mandolin), Dermot Sheedy (bodhrán, percussion), Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh (vocals), and Conor McCreanor (double bass).