The West Ocean String Quartet, 2013 winner of The Irish Times Ticket Award for Trad CD of the Year for their album An Indigo Sky, are now using DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 instrument microphones.
Supplied by DPA’s Irish Distributor Big Bear Sound, the mics were chosen to capture the quartet’s unique style and for their ability to deliver a true string sound with exceptional clarity.
“The assurance of knowing that wherever we play in the world, the warmth and accuracy of the d:vote 4099mics will be consistent is everything to us,” says violinist Niamh Crowley. “Now, we need only be concerned with making music. To perform without our DPA mics would be unthinkable.”
The West Ocean String Quartet recently appeared at Ceiliúradh (Celebration), a special evening of music, spoken word and dance held at London’s Royal Albert Hall to mark the historic occasion of the first state visit to the U.K. by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
This performance, which was watched and heard by millions globally, featured several traditional Irish pieces arranged by Neil Martin, who not only plays in the Quartet, but also writes and arranges most of their music.
During the London show, the group was joined by singer Eimear Quinn and actress Fiona Shaw, ending with a powerhouse performance alongside an all-star house band, Army bands and pipers from both Ireland and the U.K.
Formed in 1999, the West Ocean String Quartet’s eclectic vision, repertoire and style have won them global praise. Their music lies somewhere between classical and traditional music. Disregarding rules and boundaries, they have found a unique voice for themselves and have collaborated with many leading artists, both on stage and in the studio, including Christy Moore, Mary Black, Liam O’Flynn, Matt Molloy, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Brian Kennedy.