Keeping with the theme of Fleadh Cheoil today’s feature is Beoga, a group who believe it or not were formed during the Fleadh in county Kerry in 2002. The original four founders of the group come from the county of Antrim and Derry in the North of the country. Niamh Dunne one of our previously featured artists from Limerick is also a member of the group. The group consists of Damien McKee on accordion and various instruments, Séan Óg Graham on piano, Liam Brady and Eamon Murray on bodhrán. Niamh Joined in 2005 lending her fine fiddle playing and vocal talents to the group. The group’s 2007 album Mischief was voted as one of the top folk albums at the German Music Awards and Live Ireland Music Awards and their third album Incident was shortlisted for a Grammy Award nomination in 2010. Also in that year the group were awarded a U.S House of Representatives Certificate of Congressional Recognition. The Wall Street Journal have described the group as being

the most exciting traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.

Irish Music Magazine have said:

Beoga are at the forefront of the new Irish wave.

Their music can now be heard on two tracks by the popular British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran on his recent album Divide. You may recognise parts of their track Minute 5 taken from their album How to Tune a Fish on Sheeran’s song Galway Girl which the group co-wrote.

If you are lucky enough to be at Fleadh Cheoil this year Beoga are doing a concert on Saturday 19th August details of which can be found on the Fleadh Cheoil website.

Beoga have music on iTunes.

Go on start your day with some great music and listen to Beoga!