Hotel Fiesta is the ﬁrst collaboration of two popular icons of the Irish folk rock scene, Ciaran Tourish & Kevin Doherty. For 27 years Ciaran Tourish was a member of the world renowned Irish roots folk band Altan, with whom the ﬁddler and multi-instrumentalist recorded ten successful albums. Also, Tourish is a sought-after session musician in Ireland and beyond. He has worked with the likes of Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Dolores Keane (De Danann), Paul Brady, Clannad, Mark Knopﬂer and Ricky Skaggs but to name a few. Alison Krauss sang lead and harmony vocals on Tourish’s ﬁrst solo album ‘Down The Line’ (2005) while her brother Viktor contributed the bass along with Dobro Maestro, Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien on vocals.
Singer and guitarist Kevin Doherty comes from Four Men And A Dog. The Irish roots rockers recorded two of their six albums in the studio of Levon Helm at Woodstock, NY. Other members of The Band like Rick Danko, Randy Ciarlante or Garth Hudson insisted to accompany Kevin Doherty and his Irish colleagues in the studio. And so it’s not surprising that Tourish and Doherty oscillate between traditional Irish Folk and Americana on their ﬁrst joint album. It’s exactly this mixture that makes Hotel Fiesta so appealing and gives it its particular charm. Between Jigs, Reels, airs and Dylan’s ‘Boots Of Spanish Leather’ Tourish and Doherty succeeded in creating a very atmospheric, intimate album. Nevertheless or just because of that they deliver a potential radio hit with the Tex-Mex inspired ‘Who Can I Turn To?’, which would also do very well on any Mavericks album.
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Ciaran and Kevin with James Delaney live: