From their website, “Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast. Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician from the the NYC Scottish trad scene. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion.”
Burning Bridget Cleary have been working really hard to build their reputation as an exciting live act as well as excellent studio musicians. Their recent album, “These Are The Days” is a collection of songs that feel energetic, passionate and understated, translating the spirit of Celtic music with elegance and enthusiasm. Their engaging approach to music and the youthfulness of their performances are a true breath of fresh air for a group who isn’t only technically well-rounded, but also emotionally connected to the songs they perform. The have their hearts and their chops aligned, as they fill their songs with flamboyant fiddle licks, stunning harmonies and solid rhythm work courtesy of a skill percussion / bass section.
“These Are The Days” is chockfull of songs that showcase the most colorful and energetic side of traditional music. For example, their explosive rendition of “Madam I’m a darling” is a great example of the band’s musical prowess as well as their engaging approach. The band also shines on their instrumental work, including tracks such as “Chloe’s Passion”, where the fiddle truly takes its well-deserved place under the spotlight. Instrumental music has always been among my favorite expressions, and when you blend the Celtic tones and aesthetics with some really high quality musicianship, it is truly incredible to see things unfold. It is almost like a direct line that starts from the heart of the player, going to their mind, their hands, their instruments, and straight into the ears and hearts of the audience. From their most melancholic and heart-breaking tunes to their most up-beat and energetic vibes, these guys know how to rock some folk and get an audience truly excited! This band does a commendable job at keeping the authenticity of the Celtic sound alive, while approaching their genre with a playful, endearing twist that makes the music even more special. “These Are The Days” is ultimately a great snapshot of the band’s talent and personality! 5 stars from Celtic Radio!