Alfi are a fresh new trio combining American old-time and traditional Irish music and song to produce a unique and tasteful sound. Their music features an unusual blend of harp, five-string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals.
Fiachra Meek – Low whistles, uilleann pipes, bodhran, vocals
Alannah Thornburgh – harp, vocals
Ryan McAuley – five-string banjo, vocals
Alfi came together as a trio in the summer of 2017, playing their first gig at Arcadian Field festival in Bellurgan House to an enraptured and energetic audience.
The trio have since performed at many established venues and festivals, including Body&Soul, The Trip to Birmingham TradFest and Whelan’s. Alfi recorded and released two tracks in December in collaboration with audio producer Cian Hamilton – ‘Cluck Ol’ Hen’ and ‘Lost Girl/Trim the Velvet’, both of which can be found on all music platforms. In February, Alfi released their first music video ‘Farewell to Trion’ on all music platforms to great critical acclaim.
The Bluegrass Situation used the following words to describe the video – ‘the tempo is relaxed, the reharmonizations are modern, yet timeless, and the form rolls by a handful of times without ever becoming stale or boring — a remarkable feat.’ Since forming as a trio, Alfi have spent the year performing throughout Ireland and America and are looking forward to recording and releasing an EP in the near future.