Beoga describe themselves as 'Four Nordy lads and a Limerick lass beating out the new wave trad'. A chance university meeting led to Niamh Dunne being enveloped into the Beoga World. Since their inception in 2002, the band has expanded the vocabulary of Irish Music with a unique accent of its own.
Beoga are now firmly established as one of the most popular and influential ensembles in modern Irish music.
The turning point for the band came when Beoga collaborated on two songs on Ed Sheeran’s global hit album ‘÷’. After the album shot to the top of the charts all over the globe, those two tracks – Galway Girl and Nancy Mulligan - accumulated over 687 million streams on Spotify. As a result they landed their first chart-topping hit in Ireland with Galway Girl, a guest slot during Sheeran’s Glastonbury headline set, and a debut appearance on Top of the Pops.
Now with five albums to their credit to date, Beoga have always pushed the boundaries of the Irish trad sound by embracing everything from bluesy riffs to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe.
In recent years, Beoga have toured the world, released several albums and experienced things they’d never dreamed of doing, such as performing at BBC’s Proms in the Park.
The Wall Street Journal even heralded them as, “The most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”
After five albums as Beoga, their work with Ed Sheeran, and writing with Foy Vance and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, the quintet have refined their focus to finding the precise intersection between trad music and contemporary pop. Beoga recently signed to Columbia Records and are working on new music that does just that.
Beoga, which is Irish for lively, is comprised of bodhrán player and unofficial spokesman Eamon Murray, Séan Óg Graham (guitar/accordion), Damian McKee (accordion), Liam Bradley (piano/keys), and Niamh Dunne (vocals/fiddles).
Tickets for Beoga’s Limerick performance on December 21st are on sale this Friday 23rd August and can be purchased via Dolans.ie or by contacting the Dolans box office on 061 314483.