This has a gorgeous Celtic feel, violin leading the way, and it just whisks you away across windswept greenery… It’s a gorgeous melody that just made me close my eyes and dream…
It reminds me of something I’d hear as a romantic theme in a film, introducing the heroine with attitude, the leader, the heart of the group. It’s funny how these pieces give you that imagery, and this does it really well. I love a good instrumental, and the arrangements are bang on.
So, who are Balladeste? Well they’re a duo comprised of Preetha Narayanan (violin) and Tara Franks (cello). They describe themselves as indo-baroque meets alt folk minimalism. They’ve been played on BBC Radio 3 and discussed on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, and are supported using Arts Council England funding, as well as the PRS Open Fund and Women Make Music. Having had a look at their website they’ve got some great videos on there too, my favourite being Dina Dukhio.
They can play stringed instruments beautifully.
But then you hear them sing.
– NO SPOILERS! But do go check them out.