outstanding performance...took our breath away. If you enjoy Celtic music this is a must"
Cambridge Folk Club, Sep 2003
particular I'll keep an eye on the incredible combination of Celtic
harp and uilleann pipes from Harriet
and Colman Connolly. There was more energy in their set than you'd see
from The Darkness (I imagine)."
David Jennings, Aug 2003
Irish Music at its Best" – (describing a Luasca performance in
Coventry Cathedral to open the festival)
Coventry Irish festival, Aug 2003
"A fantastic hit at the
Easter Miskin Folk Festival and winners of the Harry Prigg Trophy"
Llantrisant Folk Club, April 2003
openers, Luasca (say 'Looska'), comprising Pontrhydfendigaid's own
Harriet Earis on harp and Colman Connolly on flute and uilleann pipes,
were an absolute delight. Harriet's harp technique extends way beyond
the prim style that we've perhaps learned to expect with a harp...hers
is an altogether different class of playing, with a rhythmic flair and
melodic sense of adventure that's genuinely funky - not a word you'd
normally associate with the instrument. Her clearly-expressed delight
in her craft, as she moves as one with her harp, is really infectious.
Factor in the equally impressive talents of Colman, the empathy of the
ensemble playing, and the cleverly crafted programming of their sets
into pairs and trios of tunes that shift effortlessly from one to
another (from 'Gravel Walk' into 'Hurdle Race', from 'They Stole My
Wife From Me Yesterday' into 'The Blacksmith') and you have an
instrumental folk duo of major status. Everyone was completely charmed
by Luasca and it made us realise how lucky we are that they're right
on the doorstep - you can rest assured that they will be back, and
next time we'll give them a much longer set."
Review of a support gig for 'Téada'
@ The Talbot, Tregaron on 12.11.04