Varo is a fiddle, vocal and bouzouki trio. They arrange traditional tunes and songs, by weaving around the melodies with harmonies, drones, and countermelody, to create new avenues for the tunes to go down.
Lucie, from France, and Consuelo, from Italy met in 2015, after moving to Dublin to pursue their love for Irish traditional music, and immediately started a fruitful collaboration. They travelled to Ireland along different musical paths, Lucie from jazz, classical music, and French folk, Consuelo from Irish trad, folk, and world music.
They were then join by Belfast bouzouki and mandolin player Frank Tate.
The influences in their playing and singing are many: from baroque and medieval music to the inspiring traditional Irish music scenes of Dublin, and from the singing of Sandy Denny, Ann Briggs, June Tabor, Maddy Prior, Dolores Keane, to name but a few.
Lucie, Consuelo and Frank are also involved in other projects, such as Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The Morning Tree, the Lisa O’ Neill band, and The Nomadic Piano Ensemble. They have both performed extensively in Italy, France, Ireland, and the UK.
'Varo' is the name of a river that, centuries ago, used to represent the border between France and Italy, then went from being more French to more Italian, basically through time, it couldn't really choose a nationality.. as Lucie and Consuelo, coming from two different countries and finding ourselves falling in love with the Irish music and its culture.