“I absolutely LOVE the sound of Panache! The real winner for me is the sheer enthusiasm and energy in the playing – you can actually hear the smiles! Sometimes, when like-minded musicians get together, there is a spark, a connection lets you bounce off each other, create something really special – this is it! “ Rua Macmillan of Blazing Fiddles, 2009 BBC Young Scotland Traditional Musician of the Year
“Last night’s concert was magic. Really. I came to the concert as my wife’s somewhat reluctant companion. With four fiddle players, I figured my odds were pretty good that I might find one player’s style and selection tolerable. I steeled myself for a screechfest. Instead, I was blown away by your group’s mastery of the instrument, your harmonies, your personal banter — you clearly really enjoy working together — and the invention that springs from years of preparation. It was a joyful event we were very lucky to share – an unforgettable evening!” — Jim Cook [1/3/14, College Park MD]
More reviews . . .
“A name well chosen! It represents the individual strong presence of each performer in the group as well as the délicatesse of your music. The panache is there… The compositions are great, characterized with finesse and are melodically beautiful. I like it a lot, and I think your quartet is really strong, with a lot of panache!” Marc Bolduc, Tradotronik DJ at CIBL 105.4 FM, Montréal
“Tout comme le dit son patronyme, la musique de cet ensemble a belle et franche allure! Le dynamisme des 4 violons s’entremêle à la fougue des ornements et marque l’auditeur d’un coup qui frappe droit au but! Les différentes traditions «cousines» s’imbriquent l’une à l’autre avec brio pour créer cette musique bien en vie où le tout est évidemment supérieur à la somme des parties. Hourra pour et longue vie à Panache!” — Pascal Gemme (Genticorum)
“I just came home from your fabulous concert at Walkover Gallery in Bristol Vermont. . . you women rocked the house! I love your energy and your clear enjoyment of each other and your music. We all walked out of there with a smile on our face and a spring in our steps. I fear I will not be falling asleep anytime soon! Thank you so much. I want to know when your CD comes out. Hope to see you back our way soon.” — Mary Barnett [4/11/14 Bristol VT]
“Interesting variety of original and traditional material, and a nice touch to announce after a tune that one of you had written it – especially one that sounded like a real classic. I think audiences are often looking for some kind of emotional boost when they attend a concert; performers who broadcast real enjoyment of what they are doing are most likely to give them that, and Panache did that in spades. Your enthusiasm for each other and the music was powerful and a delight.” — David Gusakov, jazz violinist [4/11/14 Bristol VT]