WE ARE BENE & CORMAC
Benedict Morris from Glasgow and Cormac Crummey from Belfast are a fresh fiddle and guitar duo that first ignited at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo and haven’t looked back since. They have subsequently compiled a vast store of tunes, mostly new compositions penned by themselves and some of Scotland and Ireland's most notable musicians. Their poise and musicianship has flourished over their time together; producing an energetic and vibrant collection of new music that has evolved in the working class cities of Glasgow and Belfast with shipyards, linen mills and bonded whiskey warehouses as their backdrop.
Considered to be two of the most exciting young musicians on the traditional music scene; they recorded their debut album ‘Wavelength’ in RedBox Recording Studios, Belfast with engineer and renowned musician Dónal O’Connor. Casting aside all technical considerations these two fearless pioneers are imagining a new skin on the tradition. This music sparkles, glistens and energises all who come into contact with it. Performing as a duo as well as with a full band throughout Ireland, they are sweeping a whole new generation of listeners and musicians alike into the 21st-century.
The energy of their performances is contained through tight, intricate arrangements, then released in a flurry of potency with dashes of different influences such as jazz-funk and even rock; there is a little bit for everyone in their music. They blew audiences away on their sold out tour of Ireland and Scotland taking in iconic venues such as The Duncairn (Belfast) and Whelan’s (Dublin). The duo were highly sought after 2 years running on the popular, Fleadh TV during Fleadh Cheoil Na Eireann; endearing them to thousands of fans across the country of all ages. They also performed live on BBC Scotland at the highly coveted last night of the Proms at Proms in the Park 2019 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to thousands in Glasgow Green with millions watching at home. Stephanie McWhinnie, Executive Producer of the event hailed their performance as the “stand-out moment” of the show.
Individually as well, they are both highly experienced and accomplished performers. A highly acclaimed accompanist in Ireland, Cormac’s exquisite guitar playing and musicianship has earned him the opportunity to tour globally with several Irish dance shows and artists such as Lisa Canny and Cúig. He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc in Sonic Arts and Music Technology and is also the guitarist with At First Light. Hailed “Magnificent” by Sharon Mair (BBC) BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019, Benedict is one of the finest fiddle players in the country. Like his counterpart, Bene has also enjoyed touring around the world as well as performing at some of Europe’s biggest festivals with bands such as Imar and Talisk.
"Virtuosity from both sides of the Irish Sea" - Irish Music Magazine
"It’s not every day you listen to a duo and know that they're going to be the next best thing. Bene & Cormac. Incredible" - Mohsen Amini 2018 Musician of the Year - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
“...making you want to start the album all over again” - RnR Magazine *****
“The young duo’s traditional credentials with scorching vivacity on display” - Songlines ****