Tada manages to walk a fine line between traditional and contemporary Irish music, stirring up a sound that harks back to bygone eras yet leaves room for spontaneity and a bit of an attitude.
The five musicians in Tada (pronounced tay-da, which is Gaelic for "strings"), who will perform tonight at Mickey Finn's Pub, grew up in rural Ireland and learned to play their instruments through classes and by listening to older musicians.
"It was really a very organic process," said Oisn Mac Diarmada, fiddle player and vocalist. He said the group wants to blend the rawness and individuality of its solo artists with the polished sound and precision of a full band.
In addition to Diarmada, Tada's lineup consists of Paul Finn on button accordion, Damien Stenson on flute and whistle, Sean McElwain on bouzouki and guitar, and Tristan Rosenstock on bodhran, or Irish drum.
Tada first came together for an Irish television show in 2001 and immediately earned raves from reviewers for its authentic mix of tradition and modernity.
The group released its self-titled debut disc on the Green Linnet label in 2003, and the band's second CD, "Give Us a Penny and Let Us Be Gone," in 2004. That sophomore disc has been nominated by Irish Music magazine as Best Traditional Album of the Year.
The band recently embarked on an extensive five-month U.S. tour.
Tada will be in concert at 8:30 tonight at Mickey Finn's Pub, 602 Lagrange St. Cover charge is $10. Information: 419-246-3466.