Article contributed by Cormac Pope, musician and Owner of Seattle Celtic Music.
A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with Geoffrey Castle. A local musician tearing up the stage with his six string electric violin. There is no shortage of press on this guy- he has been touring around the world and playing with some amazing musicians. Of course all this info is available on the front page of his website www.Geoffreycastle.com.
What do I have to offer that’s not already been written about this Fiddle Maniac? He’s a nice guy. We had a few pints and talked about music, his upcoming summer shows and a bit about the direction he is headed. Would you believe we touched on the idea of cosmic consciousness. That’s what a couple pints of strong IPA’s will get you. Great conversation. So what can one say about this guy other then in the world of Celtic rock he is setting the bar high for fiddle players to strive for. As a solo artist, he uses his fiddle as a tool to create a myriad of sounds looped together and then he blows it all up with screaming fiddle licks and technical “guitar riffs”. Yup, I said it. He plays that thing as if he is channeling Hendrix himself. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but after listening to a couple of his albums I quickly figured it out. His music bridges the gap between many different genres from Blues, Funk, Folk, Jazz, and of course, Celtic. Check out this youtube video of “Streets of Inwood”:
It’s not hard to find this guy on the web, he has made it very easy to see what he likes to do. He is also often found at The Wilde Rover in Kirkland Washington on Monday nights playing with guitarist Dan Connelly. Check out his web page and videos and look for him this summer.
This May he will be making a special appearance at Synergia Northwest‘s Music Matters benefit concert for school music programs throughout Washington State. Also on the bill are Vicci Martinez, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, Alan White and White, LeRoy Bell and his only friends, and more. check this link for more info:
Learn more about Geoffrey Castle at his website www.Geoffreycastle.com.