Beoga (Irish for ‘lively’) has been in existence for fifteen years, and in that time they’ve produced five critically acclaimed albums, been shortlisted for a Grammy, performed with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and been presented with certificate of Congressional Recognition from the US House of Representatives. However their recent collaboration with Ed Sheeran has brought them to another level and a new audience.

Beoga co-wrote Sheeran’s massive hit ‘Galway Girl’, and they were featured on another track on his album Divide, ‘Nancy Mulligan’. This golden opportunity opened the door for them to collaborate with world renowned producers and musicians, and they are currently writing an album with Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol and Foy Vance.  

Challenging perceptions is something that the band are very familiar with. Although Beoga’s sound is firmly rooted in the Irish traditional genre, they enjoy incorporating other elements, from bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, and even a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe. The result has lead to accolades and awards, and caused The Wall Street Journal to refer to them as, ‘the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.’

SEAN OG GRAHAM - Button Accordian, Guitar

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“World class” IRISH PHILADELPHIA

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’.