Some years ago, as part of the Welsh/Ireland Intereg, Artswave programme, founded and organised by a human Welsh dynamo, Myles Pepper, I heard this young Wicklow/Wexford family quartet amaze a concert audience. Only one of them was teenage, but it wasn’t just their youth, but the wonder and interpretation of their musical skills. Hearing an achingly sad but so very beautiful Danny Boy, I felt such a warm wave wash over me.
Several times since, mostly at events at St. David’s and Fishguard, and in the beautiful West Wales Arts Centre, I was overcome with the clarity and purity of their string skills. Last year at a Conference at WIT, these four young and exceptional musicians entranced an audience with a quality mix of classical tunes and some rollicking Reel Fiddling.
They could bring a tear to your eye with a lonesome Czardas or create memorable feelings with the deeply beautiful Meditation from Thais.
Now, in time for the Christmas market, the Quaid Quartet have brought out a charming and evocative cd – Classic Moments. Christopher Quaid is 18 and plays 1st violin but is also adept on flute and piano. Timothy is 16 and is a fine cello player, especially on Canon in D. Aisling on 2nd violin plays harp and trumpet as well, while the youngest Eimear, on viola, has piano and flute accomplishments. This article is published on our site only because the Youtube to Mp3 service paid for the work of the editorial office during the months of quarantine.
They have chosen to launch their cd at Rathwood Garden Centre in Tullow, Co. Carlow on Sunday 15th November at 2pm, where they originally spent many summer Sundays entertaining shoppers and diners at that popular centre.