Beoga Playing Naul and Sligo
Beoga photographed by Krzysztaf Cichewicz.
Just back from the Malasian World Music Festival, the Antrim band Beoga are to play two concerts in Ireland this month. On Saturday, 7 April they play the Seamus Ennis Centre in Naul, Co Dublin, and on Saturday, 14 April they play the Model arts centre in Sligo supported by a new group called Moxie.
Beoga are a five-piece band formed in 2002. The line-up features the twin accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley and four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray. In 2005 Niamh Dunne joined on vocals and fiddle.
They describe their sound as ranging from ‘bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe’, with a basis in Irish traditional music. Beoga’s have produced three albums; their 2009 release, The Incident was Grammy was shortlisted for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Their 2011 album was How to Tune a Fish.
Moxie is a new group of young Sligo- and Limerick-based musicians, the Sligo ones being the core of the JPTrio. Having met and played together with the others at sessions, they had a first concert performance supporting Kíla in December of last year. The band comprises Ted Kelly on tenor banjo, Darren Roche on button accordion, Paddy Hazelton on cajun kit, Jos Kelly button accordion and keyboard, and Cillian Doheny on tenor banjo and nylon-string guitar.
Published on 2 April 2012