Irij by Meri Tadić: World Fiddle Music

Meri Tadic
Same Zgode …koje se ne mogu dogoditi!

Former Eluveitie fiddler, Meri Tadić, who was recently interviewed by yours truly in these pages, has released her first full length recording for her music project, Irij. “Same Zgode” is a beautiful mixture of Slavic/Pan-European Folk fiddle traditions and Croatian melodies. For those of you that are only familiar with Meri Tadic’s folk metal fiddling, prepare for a paradigm shift.

“Same Zgode…” has wonderfully expanded upon the glimmering promise of her 2009 Irij EP. In much the same way that Loreena McKennitt’s music is transformational, songs on “Same Zgode” such as “Irudica,” “Nevenko” and “Nights From Jadera” transport the listener to another place and time. “Discipline Of Fire” is emotive and powerful, while the epic “Shades Of A Kingship” feels like a song that should in a Game Of Thrones episode.

Lyrics are sung in both English and Croatian and a translation is available on the Irij website. Also, I cannot overlook the contributions of Meri Tadic’s former bandmate in Eluveitie, Anna Murphy, who performed on and produced/mixed the album.

For the discerning fiddle and world music lover looking for something different, I highly recommend this album.

~ Michael Lohr

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