桐朋学園大学音楽学部演奏学科卒。伝統音楽を学びに渡愛。国宝級アイリッシュバンドのザ・チーフタンズをはじめ、国内外のアーティストとの共演やアイルランド大使館、総理公邸にて演奏披露する。アイリッシュバンド「LADY Chieftains」、オリジナルケルティックユニット「KOUCYA」メンバー。スペインで開催されたFestival de Ortigueira 2019のケルト音楽コンテストで、メンバーとして参加したYuki Kojima Bandで優勝。これまでにアーティストサポートや、テレビCMやドラマ、アニメーションや映画音楽等、レコーディングに多数参加。幅広いジャンルで、国内外のコンサートやフェスティバル等のイベントライブに出演し、クラシックはソロからオーケストラまで、ケルト音楽はカナディアンスタイルのステップダンスや、タップをしながらフィドルを弾くケベックスタイルも身につけ、踊るフィドラーとしても活躍中。

After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music with a Bachelor in Music Performance, she traveled to Ireland to learn traditional music there. She has performed and collaborated with both domestic and international musicians, including Ireland’s national treasures The Chieftains, as well as performed in venues such as the Irish Embassy in Japan and the Japanese Prime Minister’s Official Residence. She is a member of the Irish traditional music band Lady Chieftains, which is officially recognised by The Chieftains, and also a member of the three-person band, KOUCYA. In 2019, she participated as a guest member in the specially formed Yuki Kojima Band, which won the Celtic Music Contest at the Festival de Ortigueira 2019 in Spain.

She has also participated in several recordings of soundtracks for Japanese TV commercials, dramas, animations and film scores. She has performed live at concerts and festivals of various genres in Japan and overseas, playing solo to orchestra for classical music. To develop her career in Celtic music, she gained new fiddle styles from Prince Edward and Cape Breton Island in Canada, as well as the Franco-Quebecois style, which involves foot percussion played simultaneously while fiddle playing, which makes her appear as a “dancing-fiddler”.

『Shared Solstice』


***収録曲(収録時間 51:47)***

1. What day is it today? 6:23
Reels: Hump Day(Ayako Okunuki)/Happy Friday(Ayako Okunuki)
2. Bask in the Sun 3:50
Jigs: Bask in the Sun(Ayako Okunuki)/The Cow that Ate the Blanket/Dave Collins’
3. Happy Polkas Session 3:12
Polkas: Julia Clifford’s/Jim Keefe’s/Astley’s Ride
4. Soft Breeze 3:59
Waltz: Soft Breeze (Ayako Okunuki)
5. Memories of Cape Breton 3:49
Jigs: Craigie House/The Sailor’s Wife/Wedding Day(Donnell Leahy/Natalie MacMaster)
6. Superfly 4:58
Reel: The Lads of Laois/Slip Jig: The Humours of Whiskey/Reel: Superfly(Kevin O’Neill)
7. The Parting Glass 4:26
Scottish Traditional Song: Arranged for Piano by Ayako Okunuki
8. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba 2:57
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba/Reel: Father Kelly’s
9. Bo Mhin Na Toitean 4:19
Strathspey: Bo Mhin Na Toitean/Jigs: Drummond Castle/Feed the Ducks
10. The Island of Woods 5:25
Air: The Island of Woods (Liz Carroll)
11. Swerving for Bunnies 3:19
Slip Jig: Swerving for Bunnies (Ailie Robertson)
12. Clink-Clank-Clang 5:03
Slides: Thadelo’s/The Drunken Piper(Ayako Okunuki)/Polka: Cat and Mouse(Ayako Okunuki)

Ayako Okunuki 奥貫史子 - Fiddle, Tap, Piano, Chorus
Hajime Takahashi 高橋創 - Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Bass, Piano (track 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10,
11, 12)
Christopher Hardy – Drums, Cajon, Tar, Pandeiro, Kanjira, Bones, Congas and more…
(track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12)
Guest :
Tim Edey – Guitar, Mandola, Button Accordion, Bass (track 3, 8, 9, 12)
Akio Noguchi 野口明生 – Uilleann Pipes, Whistle (track 2, 3, 6)

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