Far Fetched (Lazik, 2011)

Far Fetched, Irish/Balkan Fusion

The band Lazik is a reflection of the eclectic cultural melting pot that Cork has become. Its members travelled from various countries and continents to establish themselves here, meeting with Cork s great musical wealth. Lazik is firmly rooted in the world of Irish music, but the band s repertoire is a nomadic exploration of musical material found along European roads, where colourful Gypsy tunes meet Nordic power and Celtic energy mixes with Balkan rhythms.

The album Far Fetched is the first release by Lazik and represents the diverse cultural and musical backgrounds of all its musicians. Starting out from the relative safety of Irish roots, the music explores musical interconnections that are sometimes far fetched, enjoying the creativity and beauty of rich traditional music from different parts of Europe.



Line up:

Flute and vocals: Christelle Moisan (France)
Fiddle and vocals: Stella Rodrigues (Netherlands)
Fiddle: Yvonne Leahy
Guitar: Barry O Donovan (Cork)
Clarinet: Dylan Gully (France)
Bass: Christian Martin (Germany)
Percussion: JB Heine (Belgium).



Reviews:

Balkan it is, put into a contemporary Celtic soundscape, where the East European dramatic is substituted with a certain Irish lightness. The performance is tight, the whole album a listening pleasure
Tom keller - Folkworld Reviews

These cultural clashes work well together and have resulted in a really exciting album
Shelley Rainey - Bright Young Folk

An exciting, energetic and enthusiastic combination, Far Fetched will take you to the edge.
Claddagh Records

The mostly instrumental nature of the songs provides a fun and inventive opportunity to dance with a partner or go solo
Matthew Forss - Inside World Music

If an eclectic mixture of musical mystery, magnetism, coupled to exciting energy and enthusiasm is your ideal combination then 'Far Fetched' will take you there.
Tim Carroll - Folkwords