Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Beoga in Concert, January 17

Music starts at 7:30pm. Advance tickets $18, $22 at the doorBUY TICKETS NOW

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, “Nobody does this stuff better at the moment. 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.”

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. 

Beoga are confirming their reputation as the most audacious Irish band rooted in trad today and the newest album ‘how to tune a fish‘ is attracting fresh superlatives. The album ranked #1 traditional album of 2011 in the esteemed Irish Echo in the USA and Irish Music Magazine describes the collection as “some of the best music in the world today”. 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.