Doolin’ brings Irish music with French touch to The Matthews stage on March 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the penultimate event of the 2019-20 Subscription Series. Single ticket sales for this event go on sale Sept. 13.

Thanks to the inspiration and talent of its members, Doolin’ is currently one of the most innovative bands of the Irish music scene.

Doolin’, formed in Toulouse in 2005, comprises six accomplished and eclectic musicians who have gained fame through their music. French in origin – though easily mistaken for Irish musicians – this sextet (guitar, bodhrán, violin, tin whistle, accordion/vocals, bass) brings a fresh approach to Irish music. Inspired by the purest tradition, Doolin’ combines instrumentals, vocals and original compositions in a resolutely modern style. The arrangements, at times taking their inspiration from pop-rock, folk, jazz, funk or even rap (and always in the best taste), emit great energy.

That’s Doolin’ – Irish music with a French touch!

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2019-20 Season Details:
Oct. 2019 – April 2020 
$125 Adults, $60 Youth & BHSU students

Doolin’ is an Irish music group whose name derives from the little village of musical fame in south-west Ireland. Born in 2005 from an encounter between six accomplished musicians, from its inception Doolin’ have perfected a mixture of novel musical genres. Whilst some of the band were immersed in the world of traditional Irish music, and others were active in the jazz scene or in the pop rock wave of the eighties and nineties, they found a common love in traditional Irish music. From ballads to furiously fast jigs, from their own compositions to traditional tunes, Doolin’ offers a rich palette of sound. From the intimate atmosphere of an Irish pub to the spectacle of the concert stage, this sextet has been support act to major names such as Altan, Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes and Mairtín O’Connor. Members of Doolin’ have played with Carlos Nuñez and Dan Ar Braz and the major Irish flute player Desi Wilkinson (De Dannan, Cran) have rejoined the group for a tour in 2006. Habitués of prestigious venues where they seduce the audience by their unassailable energy, this French group plays homage to Irish music throughout France and Europe.

Following on from their success on stage, Doolin’ took to the studio to record the albums: Popcorn Behaviour (2006, distributed by Keltia Musique); Angels are Free (2008); Doolin’ Live au Central Park (2010); Exile (2011) and Live in Lorient (2013, distributed by Coop Breizh).

Doolin’ Members

Nicolas Besse – Guitar 
Emerging from the pop rock scene, Nicolas performed for a year in London with the band “Meude”. On returning to France he joined “Yann & les abeilles”, one of the groups at the forefront of the renaissance of French chanson, and subsequently accompanied a number of french stars (Lio, Jean-Pierre Mader, Desireless, Rose Laurens…). He became involved with Irish music in 1998 with the creation of the band The Gartloney Rats, before becoming a member of Doolin’. His rock background and talent for composition inspire the novel Doolin’ sound.

Wilfried Besse – Vocals & Accordian
Wilfried has been passionate about music since a teenager and became a professional musician at the age of eighteen. He has performed as a singer, drummer and pianist, but it is the accordion which has become his instrument of choice. His voice was emblematic of one of the beacon French groups of the nineties, Joyce, where he was the main composer and lyricist. At the same time, with his brother Nicolas and cousin Sebastien, he accompanied stars of French chanson (Lio, Jean-Pierre Mader…). Wilfried made his first steps in the Irish music scene in 1998 when he studied seannós (traditional Irish music), and he became Doolin’s vocalist and accordionist in 2005.

Guilhem Cavaillé – Fiddle
Trained in classical violin and traditional Occitan music, this virtuoso fell in love with Irish music at the age of eleven. As a teenager, Guilhem spent hours deciphering the music of the masters of the Irish scene, and subsequently attended workshops with a number of them (Paddy Glackin, Liz Carroll, Matt Cranitch, Liz Doherty…), whilst seeking the simple pleasure of playing according to his mood. He has been active as both musician and festival director in the promotion of French and Irish traditional music, of which he is one of the most talented protagonists.

Jacob Fournel – Tin & Low Whistles (flûtes irlandaises), Séraphon
An accomplished jazz pianist, Jacob also fell under the spell of Irish music when he left his native France to wander Ireland. Whilst becoming immersed in Irish culture he encountered Irish whistles and was taught how to play them by Carmel Gunning, Sean Ryan, Colm O’Donnell, Brid O’Donoghue… Thanks to his jazz repertoire and the freedom of his technique, Jacob was awarded a special mention at the 2003 All-Ireland Fleadh tin whistle competition.

Josselin Fournel – Bodhrán
Passionate about rhythm and all types of percussion, Josselin discovered the bodhrán during a visit to Ireland. A disciple of the 5 times All-Ireland champion Junior Davey, he is largely self taught. To the audience’s delight, he has introduced new rhythms, originating from drumming, into his playing. His innovative style, energy and technical prowess contributed to his becoming the 2004 bodhrán vice-champion of Ireland. He is considered one of the most creative and virtuoso bodhrán players of his day.

Sébastien Saunié – Bass
As a self-taught bass player, Sébastien developed his style through playing with French stars of various genres (pop, rock, jazz, soul, French chanson). It was only on a St Patrick’s day as a last-minute replacement for an Irish band that he really encountered Irish music. Having fallen in love with this musical culture, he founded The Gartloney Rats, marrying a pop rock sound with traditional Irish airs. His playing brings a force and energy to Irish music — where the bass is often absent — and represents one of the notable qualities of Doolin’s sound.

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