Beoga (gaelic for ‘lively’) is based near the historic city of Belfast, County Antrim in the North of Ireland. The bedrock of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. The Wall Street Journal describes 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 original ensemble formed in 2002 after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious session at the All-Ireland Fleadh. Their unique sound featured 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, Niamh Dunne, one of Ireland’s top vocalists and a virtuoso fiddler, joined the ensemble.
Television and radio appearances and a hectic tour schedule have taken Beoga around the globe with stops in Russia, Australia, the United States and throughout Europe. These have included performances with the BBC Orchestra at The Proms, the National Celtic Festival, the Houston International Festival, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, and many others.
Beoga has released six critically acclaimed recordings in addition to a CD/DVD of their 10th anniversary celebration.