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Fellow Pynins for Belfast – The Who, Where & When

Who? Oregon’s contemporary folk duo Fellow Pynins – comprised of Dani Aubert and Ian Van Ornum – return to the UK to re-trace their Irish roots with the promise of new material, stories and their unique twist of the traditional.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed “Hunter & the Hunted” album, the pair hailed as “spine tingling” by the BBC return to the UK to re-trace their Irish roots with the promise of new material, stories and their unique twist of the traditional.


Where? The Sunflower Bar, 65 Union St, Belfast BT1 2JG, UK

When? 25th August 2018. 9pm. Tickets priced £10 here.


Biography: FELLOW PYNINS (pronounced PIE-nins) is a contemporary folk duo that has been dwelling deep in the mountains of Southern Oregon, USA. The duo have announced a string of UK dates for August which will see them play cities including London, Cambridge and Maidenhead before heading to Scotland and Ireland.

The duo, comprised of Dani Aubert and Ian Van Ornum, performed in their former years as a 7-piece folk orchestra called Patchy Sanders, which took them far and wide through the journey of songwriting and touring. After the folding of Patchy Sanders, the duo decided to take their love of songwriting and performing down to the bones, and used their acoustic instruments and voices to write the material for their first album, “Hunter & the Hunted.” They quickly received accolades for this 2016 release from the likes of BBC, fRoots Magazine, and Country Music People. Lisa Dunn of BBC exclaimed, “Fellow Pynins will transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies…They will have you traveling far and wide to hear them again.” Their first tour through Europe in 2016 brought them from Spain to Ireland— hitting small towns, far-reaching islands, and the greater metropolitan areas.

Fellow Pynins - Sunflower Bar, Belfast
Fellow Pynins – Sunflower Bar, Belfast

Fellow Pynins traveled with a nanny and Eowyn, their 5-year-old budding fiddler daughter, playing at cultural centres, pubs, and popular concert series. This trip was a reconnaissance for the duo as they discovered their family history in Ireland and Scotland and began to collect the traditional songs of the people. This spark of song collecting re-inspired their love of storytelling and performing intimate, acoustic concerts and infiltrated their repertoire of original songs with a smattering of uniquely interpreted traditional songs.

Fellow Pynins’ “Spellbinding” (Country Music People) music employs the sounds of the mandolin, banjo, guitar, bouzouki and their voices in harmony to tell the stories of this human existence: the hardships of farming life to the eerie edges of dreams and the gallant joys of pleasantries and love. They will be touring through the UK and Ireland, playing 26 concerts in August, once again collecting lesser known traditional songs and gracing the stages from Cambridge Folk Festival to the mystical island of Iona. In the words of Frank Hennessy of BBC Wales: This is “Fascinating Stuff!”