Diomasach (Gaelic term for ‘Proud,’ pronounced DEE-mish) is the duo of two versatile musicians out of the Greater Hartford area with a repertoire of Folk, Acoustic Rock, Celtic, and Jazz music. Steve Prout plays fiddle, guitar, and bouzouki. He also sings. He performs in many different types of bands, including various Folk and traditional Irish groups. He is an active member of the vocal trio Anam Cara. His long-standing love of Irish fiddle began in his youth under the influence of his uncle Eddie Burke, a famed Galway fiddle player. As an adult, P. V. O’Donnell, a well-known Connecticut-based fiddler from Donegal, resurrected Steve’s interest in the instrument.
The next generation, his nephew Brendan Prout, grew up playing Classical piano and had extensive training at the Hart School of Music. His dedication to Classical music led to significant awards, culminating in several recitals at the Lincoln Theatre of the Hart School. Brendan’s self-guided explorations in Jazz improvisation matured over the course of a three-year internship at the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and during his undergraduate years at Boston College. His vocal Jazz quintet, BC bOp!, won awards at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho; he also performed in Vienna and Prague as a member of the Boston College Chorale. Along with piano, Brendan plays bass guitar on a few tunes.
Together, Steve and Brendan continue to explore and expand upon an unconventional repertoire of sound. With their multi-talents and love of various genres, they look forward to performing to diverse and inquisitive audiences.