Simultaneously traditional and innovative, New Time Ensemble weaves an articulate tapestry from the rugged threads of Irish dance tunes. Formed in Ireland while its members pursued advanced music degrees at the University of Limerick, New Time Ensemble emerged from a shared passion for animating old tunes in new ways. The result is a tantalizing blend.
“For starters, we aren’t Irish,” says Kay Vickers, who learned to play the fiddle in her native Scotland and who has performed in céilís all over Europe. “But we all adore Irish music and enjoy infusing it with our own national and personal styles.”
Cellist Liz Davis Maxfield, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a Fulbright grantee, notes that the Ensemble’s instrumentation sets it apart. “There really aren’t any cellos in the Irish tradition, but we have adapted the genre to the instrument, which allows us to create new and beautiful sounds.”