The Button Factory
Tickets online: €19.99 (including booking fee)
Box Office in Temple Bar Hotel: €17.49 (no admission fee)
BEOGA will take to the stage in the Button Factory. Guaranteed to live up to their name- the Irish word for ‘lively’ the band from county Antrim were drawn together in 2002 after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious session at the all-Ireland Fleadh. Since then BEOGA has expanded the vocabulary of Irish music with a unique accent of their own blending bluesy riffs with jazz and pop beats producing melodious traditional music played to some of the most imaginative and contemporary accompaniment in Irish music today.
Wall Street Journal dubs them “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”
“Individually talented and collectively inspired, this is a quartet who speak a language called music with a fluency beloved of the best multi-linguists” (Siobhan Long Irish Times January 2005)
The release of Beoga’s 2009 album ‘The Incident’ (which was shortlisted for a Grammy award) has seen the supergroup continue to blaze a pioneering trail, rewarding fans with their fresh creative energy and seducing a diverse array of music lovers. Their performance during the Tradfest will have every toe tapping in the house and add depth to an already eclectic mix during the festival.
The TradFest will continue its role as providing a platform for showcasing the best in up-coming Irish talent as on the same night the Button Factory will play host to Ciorras. Hailed as ‘a modern Bothy band’, Ciorras bring a contemporary approach to traditional music. Ciorras were formed as a band earlier this year when the individual members were among a large number of young musicians who featured in the hit TG4 series, Lorg Lunny. These 8 young musicians were invited by Irish music legend Dónal Lunny to create a new band with a fresh, new unique sound in traditional music. With an impressive assortment of instruments between them including fiddle, concertina, pipes, piano accordion, keyboards, percussion, low-whistles, voice and no less than 4 exceptional flute players, the possibilities are endless as demonstrated in their choice of repertoire woven among imaginative and original arrangements and played with an energy and enthusiasm that showcases the phenomenal playing ability and musicality of these outstanding young musicians.