25th January, 2020
Benedict Morris & Cormac Crummey
“Virtuosity from both sides of the Irish Sea” – Irish Music Magazine
Benedict Morris (21) from Glasgow and Cormac Crummey (22) from Belfast are a fresh fiddle and guitar duo that first ignited at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo and haven’t looked back since. They have subsequently compiled a vast store of tunes, mostly new compositions penned by themselves and some of Scotland and Ireland’s most notable musicians. Their poise and musicianship has flourished over their time together; producing an energetic and vibrant collection of new music that has evolved in the working class cities of Glasgow and Belfast with shipyards, linen mills and bonded whiskey warehouses as their backdrop.
Considered to be two of the most exciting young musicians on the traditional music scene; they recorded their debut album ‘Wavelength’ in RedBox Recording Studios, Belfast with engineer and renowned musician Dónal O’Connor. Casting aside all technical considerations these two fearless pioneers are imagining a new skin on the tradition. This music sparkles, glistens and energises all who come into contact with it. Touring with a full band featuring the cream of Ireland’s vibrant music scene; Cathal Murphy (Cúig) Drums, Jos Kelly (Moxie) Keys and Richie Delahunty Electric Guitar, they are sweeping a whole new generation of listeners and musicians alike into the 21st-century.
The energy of their performances is contained through tight, intricate arrangements, then released in a flurry of potency with dashes of different influences such as jazz-funk and even rock; there is a little bit for everyone in their music. They blew audiences away on their sold out tour of Ireland and Scotland taking in iconic venues such as The Duncairn (Belfast) and Whelan’s (Dublin). The duo were highly sought after to return to Fleadh TV; this time headlining the main-stage Friday night in Drogheda 2019 with full band. They also performed live on BBC at the highly coveted last night of the Proms at Proms in the Park 2019 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestrato thousands in Glasgow Green.
Cormac has toured globally with several Irish dance shows and artists such as Lisa Canny and Cúig. He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc in Sonic Arts and Music Technology and is now the guitarist with At First Light (John McSherry & Donal O’Connor). Benedict has played at some of the biggest festivals in Europe such as Tønder Festival with Ímar and HebCelt with his own trio. He is also the featured fiddle player with 5 times World Champion Irish dancer David Geaney in his new dance show Velocity: Rising. Bene has just picked up the covetedBBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2019. “His stage presence was magnificent and absolutely captivated the audience from the second he stepped on stage” – The Scotsman.
“It’s not every day you listen to a duo and know that they’re going to be the next best thing. Bene & Cormac. Incredible” -Mohsen Amini 2018 Musician of the Year – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
“…making you want to start the album all over again” – RnR Magazine *****
“The young duo’s traditional credentials with scorching vivacity on display” – Songlines ****