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*****

#1 Irish Traditional Album 2011

Irish Echo USA / Earle Hitchner


Breathtaking virtuosity, unflagging energy and inventive risk taking from a unique quintet charting fresh territory.



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IRISH ECHO Earle Hitchner


Beoga, one of the best traditional bands in Ireland, is also its hippest. Even though Four Men and a Dog actually recorded with the Band, perhaps the greatest rock-and-roots group in American history, it is Beoga who may be Ireland’s closest answer to the Band in combined virtuosity, risk-taking, and omnivorous musical palate. Beoga’s variety is invariably impeccable, and their fourth recording, “How to Tune a Fish,” is one of the most exciting and adventurous releases I’ve heard so far in 2011.


The originality (14 of the 15 tunes were composed by band members), arrangements, playing, and singing are no jokes. “How to Tune a Fish” represents invention of the highest order, often paradoxically delivering wild abandon with utter control.

Instrumentally, “How to Tune a Fish” offers more riches than I could possibly recount faithfully here. This new recording from the endlessly imaginative Irish quintet is a sureshot to crack the top five in my list of the best albums of 2011.


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[Published on November 30, 2011, in the IRISH ECHO newspaper, New York City. Copyright (c) Earle Hitchner. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of author.]




IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE / Seamus Bellamy


How to Tune a Fish is a master class in how to make a trad recording that’ll please all comers.  Top-drawer musicianship, playful arrangements, gorgeous vocals and of course, lively playing. There’s not a member of the band that’s not at the very pinnacle of their talents. Some of the best music in the world today.




THE LIVING TRADITION / Kevin T. Ward


This fourth release from Beoga, an Irish Gaelic word synonymous with ‘vivid’, again demonstrates the essential characteristics behind that word – vigour, intensity, brightness and, above all, now effectively their usual eponym, ‘liveliness’. Instrumental precision and prowess, and headiness in the wilfully dynamic and playful arrangements, are guaranteed.



IRISH AMERICA / Tara Dougherty


How to Tune a Fish by Beoga is sure to be a lively hit amongst long-time trad fans and newcomers alike. Eamon Murray’s presence on the bodhran is a dominant one. On the title track he downright steals the show, no easy task in a band of two button accordions and a fiddle. 

With perfectly woven arrangements and an electric chemistry, How to Tune a Fish is a tongue-in-cheek album packed with life and energy. Beoga never seems to falter in their vacuum-sealed-tight playing. None of the quintet waiver, but each steps forward to shine on various tracks throughout the album, creating a true ensemble record




IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE  / Alex Monaghan

"It’s fair to say that nobody does this stuff better at the moment. Beoga deserve a place in my 2011 Top Ten with this release."       




MAVERICK


★★★★  Right from the first reel of HOW TO TUNE A FISH you know you’re dealing with something very different.  Eclectic, intimidatingly skilled... never a dull moment.




THE IRISH WORLD


Beoga, more than any other band right now bring the fun element to trad and take the snobbery out

...they stretch and bend genre to the nth degree, and it’s sure to cement their reputation as one of the most exciting traditional set-ups in existence.

Never mind the fish – I’m hooked.

Madeline O’Connor




THE SCOTSMAN / Norman Chalmers


How to tune a fish ****

The Co Antrim quintet, fronted by twin button accordions and one female singer/fiddler, are dangerous, devious and a downright delight.

Their casually dynamic, tight, unstoppable grooves are driven by their masterful pianist and their All-Ireland Champion bodhran basher.



MUSIC ROAD / Kerry Dexter


“A lively mix of tradition and innovation... Irish music moving forward with a crisp northern edge.”



SLIPCUE.COM


“Beoga] rips through these tunes with dazzling technical prowess…showing a mix of modern and traditional sensibilities.”

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