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Doolin' gives traditional Irish music a French twist

By Alison Hird

Doolin' are a six-piece French band from Toulouse and they make Irish traditional music. The Irish Times says they do it "brilliantly". Who are we to argue? They have solid credentials - brothers Josselin and Jacob Fournel are tin whistle and bodhran laureates in Ireland - but they've brought in jazz and rock riffs to create a sound that's very much their own. Guitarist Nicolas Besse talks to us about the band's new, fourth, album Doolin - inspired by the 1845 Irish potato famine. What's more, 10% of sales go to the Grameen Foundation in support farming projects in west Africa.

A great live band, they're currently on a European tour. Dates and more info on facebook

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