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zoomSince the beginning of their existence in 1987 the folk group Carrantuohill has been performing traditional Celtic - Irish and Scottish - music. Their developing reportoire enriches the beauty of Celtic roots with the unique climate of Slavic spirit, using instruments like violin, accordion, bouzuki, bodhran, flutes, tin whistles, uilleann pipes, zither and accoustic guitar. In order to emphasize the group's sound they often add drums, keyboard and bass guitar.
The group has given a few hundred concerts home and abroad: Moscow Tour'94, St. Patrick Week in Germany'94, Rose of Tralee - Hannover'94, Halloween Tour'94, Picknick Country in Mrągowo'92 and '94 and all of the Polish editions of Woodstock. The group has been awarded with Złoty Bączek for being "bringing the house down" during Polish Woodstock in 1998.
In June'97, the group played together with the Scottish group The Battlefield Band during their concert tour in Poland. Carrantuohill have also organized concerts for as well as performed with Sounds Family, Deaf Shepherd, Midnight Court and Geraldine McGowan.
Carrantuohill also shared the stage with the master of ullian pipes - Liam O'Flynn and a top guitarist Arty McGlynn during the prestigeous Poet's Meeting in Kraków. Also, as the only group representing Poland, Carrantuohill played at the Euro Woodstock in Budapest in 1995.
In the summer of 1994, the band went to Ireland to take part in the South Sligo Summer School in Tubbercury. The music workshops as well as the hot pub-sessions with Irish musicians proved to be very beneficial.
The group paid futher visits to Ireland in May 1997 and September 1999, where they took some shots of the country for TVP2 in cooperation with June Owsiak's film crew. At that time the group performed at Cork Folk Festival - one of the most renowned Irish festivals where they shared the stage with the legend of the Irish accordion Jackie Daly. That's where the first video clips for Carrantuohill were produced.
In April 1998, the group visited the US by the invitation of Claremont McKenna College in California, providing musical background for the Czesław Miłosz International Festival.
The original sound and special atmosphere of Carrantuohill's music draws in an audience of any age. Dance music from the "Green Island" is well received by the public of both the concert halls and the pubs. It is also warmly welcomed in the outdoor music scene.
Seamus Heaney himself (Irish poet and a Nobel Prize winner in 1995) stated that the concert the group gave during his meeting with readers in "Znak" Publishing House in Cracow, allowed him to "move to Green Island with no necessity of travelling..." So we offer you the opportunity to discover Celtic music and Irish traditions with "no necessity of travelling."Bogdan Wita - accoustic guitar

Zbigniew Seyda - bouzuki, zither
Adam Drewniok - bass guitar
Maciej Paszek – violin
Dariusz Sojka - accordion, bodhran, flutes, tin whistles, uilleann pipes, keyboard
Marek Sochacki – drums

"Inis" MC CC-008 i CD CC07 2002
"Between" MC CC-007 i CD CC-06 2000
"Dziesięć 1987-1997" CD CC05 1998
"Na Żywca" MC CC005, CC006 i CD CC04 1996
"Speed Celts" MC CC004 i CD CC03 1995
Rocky Road to Dublin" MC CC003 i CD CC02 1994
"Irish Dreams" CD CC01 1993
"Waiting for Ireland" MC CC002
"Magic of Celtic Rings" MC CC001


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