Conor Caldwell is a traditional fiddler and composer from Belfast. His music takes a contemporary approach whilst remaining reflective of his roots in the Donegal and Northern fiddle tradition. Exploring the capabilities of the fiddle and through the use of electronics he creates music that is spacious with harmonies and accompaniment sympathetic to the old and original tunes he plays.
Aside from his solo work, he plays in a duo project with fellow fiddler Danny Diamond (Slow Moving Clouds), with whom he released the critically acclaimed album NORTH in 2016, nominated by the Irish Times in its ‘Best Traditional’ category for 2016 and described by Musical Traditions as ‘an impressive, highly-enjoyable and illuminating achievement’. He has also toured as a member of Craobh Rua since 2009, performing across Europe and the USA.
A current recipient of the Moving On Music Emerging Artist Programme, Conor will launch his debut solo record ’To Belfast…’ in May 2018.
Conor is also a tutor and traditional music researcher with a PhD in musicology from Queens University Belfast. He has had a number of articles published and has been involved in projects such as ‘The Irish Song Project’ and ‘The Long Road to Glenties’.