Beoga (Gaelic for ‘lively’) are based in County Antrim, in the north of Ireland. The bedrock of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun and adventure. The Wall Street Journal described Beoga as ‘the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.’ Irish Music Magazine writes, ‘Beoga are at the forefront of the new Irish wave.’
The band was drawn together in 2002 after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious session at the All-Ireland Fleadh. Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley and four time All-Ireland bodhrán champion, Eamon Murray. In 2005, the lineup was complete, with the addition of Niamh Dunne, one of Ireland’s premier young talents, on vocals and fiddle.
Beoga have released five ground-breaking studio albums to date: ‘a lovely madness’ (2004); ‘Mischief’ (2007); ‘The Incident’ (2009); ‘How to tune a fish’ (2011); and ‘Before we change our mind’ (2016). In 2013 the band released ‘Live at 10’, a DVD/CD Gala Concert celebrating their 10th Anniversary.
With new, fresh compositions along with their unique blend of inventive arrangements, virtuosic instrumental talents and beautiful vocals, Beoga’s popularity continues to flourish as they captivate audiences on a global scale.