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. From bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always returns to a wonderfully bouncy Irish sound. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun and adventure and it all works - wonderfully well.  The Wall Street Journal describes them 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 featured the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley and four times 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.

In 2004, Beoga’s ground-breaking debut album 'a lovely madness', earned international critical acclaim. The Irish Times wrote ‘Individually talented and collectively inspired, this is a quartet who speak a language called music with a fluency beloved of the best multi-linguists.’  The album earned 9/10 in Ireland’s Hot Press music magazine and was in the Top Trad/Folk Albums of the year listings. Irish Music magazine nominated Beoga for the best traditional newcomer’s award describing the work as ‘madcap genius, master craftsmen. In Beoga, the Irish music world found another prodigy.”

The group’s second release, entitled ‘Mischief’, firmly catapulted Beoga into the upper stratum of trad bands. ‘Mischief’ received a 9.5/10 rating in Hot Press and earned recognition at the Live Ireland Music Awards, the German Music Awards, and the Best of 2007 listings in many notable publications including the Boston Globe, The Irish Echo, Dirty Linen Magazine and Folk Alley. 

Beoga’s music seduces a diverse array of music lovers, and the release of the 2009 album ‘The Incident’ saw the group continue to blaze a pioneering trail, rewarding world music fans with more fresh creative energy.  The band’s profile rose to a new level with a front page feature in the St Patrick’s Day edition of the Wall Street Journal.  In 2010 ‘The Incident’ was shortlisted for a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

TV, radio appearances and hectic tour schedules have followed fast and furious for beoga, gaining notoriety for it’s charismatic rapport with audiences and the highly inventive, energetic performances. In September 2007, Beoga performed live with the BBC Orchestra to a television audience of millions as part of the prestigious ‘Last night of the Proms’.

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


Major Celtic and Folk festival highlights have included Boston ICONS festival, Kansas City, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Tonder, Dranouter, Temple Bar Trad Fest, Germany’s Irish Folk Festival tour, Irish Unplugged tour of Holland, Guinness Christmas Austria tour, Cambridge Folk Festival, the National Celtic Festival, Australia and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.  In 2009, at Houston International Festival, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presented Beoga with an official certificate of Congressional Recognition from the US House of Representatives.

#1 traditional album of 2011


Beoga continued to confirm their reputation as the most audacious Irish band rooted in trad today with their 2011 album ‘How to tune a fish‘  attracting fresh superlatives.  The album ranked #1 traditional album of 2011 in the Irish Echo in the USA and Irish Music Magazine described the collection as “some of the best music in the world today”.  In 2013 Beoga released 'Live at 10’, a DVD/CD Gala Concert celebrating their 10th Anniversary.  Joined by a cast of star guests, the 'Beoga Big Band' performance captured them at their virtuosic best.  It’s a show summed up by Living Tradition as ‘fast, furious, frantic, fun, innovative, diverse and exciting’.

In 2016 Beoga release their 5th studio album 'Before we change our mind'.  With new, fresh compositions along with their unique blend of inventive arrangements, virtuosi instrumental talents and beautiful vocals, Beoga’s popularity continues to flourish as they captivate audiences on a global scale.

SEAN OG GRAHAM - Button Accordian, Guitar

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From Portglenone, Co. Antrim, Seán Óg Graham is one of Ireland’s most dynamic button accordion players. He has achieved numerous All-Ireland titles and is also a gifted, self-taught guitarist.

He has numerous television appearances to his credit, and is much in demand as a recording artist and live performer. Seán Óg has played with Liz Carroll, Buille, Flook, Winifred Horan and Mick McAuley, Máirtin O'Connor and Cathal Hayden, Mattheu Watson, the Brian Finnegan Quartet, Fiddler’s Bid, the Cora Smyth band, the Irish Harp Orchestra, the Canadian Youth Orchestra and Alan Kelly’s ‘Celtic Legends’ show.

He is also a talented composer and a wide range of influences is evident in his music writing. Many of his works are featured in the Beoga repertoire. Seán Óg is a graduate of the Limerick based Irish World Academy of Music.





EAMON MURRAY - Bodhrán, Percussion

“the most talented up and coming bodhrán player in Ireland today.”   IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE 2004

”One high-flying goat whacker” IRISH PHILADELPHIA

Eamon Murray from Randalstown, Co. Antrim, Ireland is one of the most respected bodhrán players in Irish music. He is described by Johnny McDonagh (De Dannan/Arcady) as “the future of bodhrán playing”, and by the Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as “one of the most captivating bodhrán players I've heard in years”. 

Eamon’s creativity and cutting edge style are a major influence on young bodhrán players today and he has conducted master classes throughout Europe, USA, Canada and Australasia. He is equally in demand as a recording artist and live performer. Eamon has performed with many renowned artists including Solas, Cara Dillon, the BBC Ulster Orchestra, Brian Finnegan, Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Kevin Burke, Moya Brennan, Laura Cortese and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin to name but a few.

He began playing at the tender age of 8 and through his youth received numerous accolades including a commendation at the prestigious ‘Young musician of the year’ final in 2004. Eamon has held the All-Ireland Bodhrán title on four occasions.


DAMIAN MCKEE - Button Accordion


Damian McKee, from Dunloy, Co. Antrim, is a top exponent on button accordian. In the 90’s he toured Ireland, Britain and America with Comhaltas Ceolteori Eireann and over the last few years he has continued to travel worldwide as his music became popular within Irish dance circles. He is a prolific composer and many of his works feature in the Beoga repertoire.

Through his teaching, Damian’s influence on traditional accordian playing in the North of Ireland is far-reaching. He is in frequent demand for workshops throughout Ireland, as well as the USA and Canada.







NIAMH DUNNE - Vocals, Fiddle

Hailing from County Limerick, Niamh Dunne has a beautifully warm, smoky voice... she’s also a classically trained violinist whose smooth fiddling is the perfect addition to the existing four-piece lineup HOT PRESS

“Niamh Dunne is a real find for Beoga” iRISH ECHO 

“Gorgeous vocals” IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE

Niamh Dunne is a highly accomplished singer, fiddler and composer from Co. Limerick. Daughter of well-known piper Mickey Dunne, Niamh has made guest appearances on several CD’s. Her 2004 album, ‘Legacy’, recorded with her father and sister Bríd, featured among the Irish Echo top traditional albums of 2004.

Niamh is a well-respected classical violinist, twice receiving the high achievers award from the London Associated Board of Western Art Music, with whom she is a qualified teacher. She is also a graduate of the Irish World Academy of Music in Limerick University.

Prior to joining Beoga in 2005, Niamh had toured extensively with the Dunne family, and also played on the world stage with the acclaimed music and dance show "Ragús".


LIAM BRADLEY - Piano / keys

”Masterful”  THE SCOTSMAN

“I’m convinced that pianist Liam Bradley hasn’t encountered a sound or style he can’t play brilliantly”IRISH PHILADELPHIA

On piano/keys, Liam Bradley from Tobermore, Co. Derry is known throughout the world for his arrangements for Irish Dance.  Over the years he has provided accompaniment for many Irish Dance events including the Irish, US, Australian and World Irish Dance Championships.

Described by Irish Music Magazine as “one of the finest musicians the North has given rise to in a generation”, Liam’s arrangements have been used widely for performances  including the Royal Albert Hall, Áras an Uachtaráin and the US White House. He has acted as Musical Director for several Irish dance shows.  Recently Liam produced ‘Wrapped Up’ and Re:Session, two critically acclaimed albums by renowned Belfast folk band ‘The Rapparees’.