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The Bahh Band pride themselves on creating unique live, semi-improvised events. The group have played in underground anarchist clubs in Italy, psy-trance parties in the Connemara wilderness, contemplative sets for Indian hugging Guru, Ama and whipped up crowds into frenzies at major Irish festivals such as the Electric Picnic, Body N Soul and the Festival of World Cultures.
Their hypnotic and multi-sensory live shows have become part of Irish festival myth, sometimes incorporating video projections, chai installations and further guests on extra percussion, drones and electronics. The group also display an eclectic choice of covers in their live repertoire, drawing on psychedelic rock riffs, jazz standards, reggae motifs and traditional folk songs. The group’s backgrounds represent the diversity and richness of their sound.
They have received radio play across Europe and Asia and have supported world music stalwarts such as Afro Cubism and Kíla. Since completing their recent surf tour of the rugged West Coast of Ireland, next on the group’s horizons are rocking the gypsy souls of India and South-East Asia.
“Take a little Dead Can Dance, sprinkle liberally with Sigur Ros and Kila and throw in a little Indian seasoning – the result is the remarkable Bahh Band” Balor Arts Centre
“Exceedingly talented and diverse, the Bahh band mix elements of blues, bluegrass, folk and eastern sounds seamlessly” (bodynsoul.ie)
Band members are:
Mattu (sarode, from Australia) performs internationally as an Indian Classical musician and has a dark past as an Australian indie rocker. He recently was invited to teach and perform Indian music in Taiwan.
Ciro (tabla, from Italy) has been performing across Europe on the North Indian drums professionally since 2005. He is an in-demand session musician and performs with Mediterranean ensembles, jazz groups and western classical musician projects.
Tom Portman (dobro, from Ireland) is a well respected solipsist, blues and bluegrass player. Tom recently released his second solo album, At One, and has toured England and Poland.
Pauli Smalls (double bass, from Ireland) is a busy professional accompanist and session musician. He performs with several Galway based folk and trad acts and has recently performed in China, Spain and Denmark.
Brian Fleming (percussion, from Ireland) is respected internationally as a bodhrán player and Irish traditional accompanist. He has recorded on over 40 albums, runs the annual Big Bang percussion festival in Dublin, and tours internationally with dance companies and facilitates large scale public arts performances.
Malgorzta Kamienska (vocals, from Poland) is steeped in the folk music tradition of her native Poland. Since settling in Ireland in 2006, she has been performing with the Bahh Band, combining elements of the Polish folk tradition and her own unique improvisation style.
Ceara Conway (vocals, from Ireland) is a native Irish speaker and sings in the traditional Connemara sean nós style. She also is drawn to the vocal traditions of fado, jazz and African music and performs regularly with other ensembles.