Cuig

Eoin Murphy and Ruairi Stewart, of the Northern band Cuig on the Fleadh TV stage at the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda. For non-Irish speakers, Cuig means five……which, you’ve guessed correctly, happens to be the number of members in the group. Many people will know them from their song Carry On which they performed on the Aer Lingus video for …

In The Zone

Singer Hughie Friel pauses for a brief moment of reflection at a celebration of the music of The Atrix at the Sugar Club in Dublin. On the cusp of the 1980s, The Atrix was one of the Irish bands deemed most likely to achieve international success. Unfortunately it was not to be. Forty years on, however, they are still fondly …

Trouble Pilgrims

Mr Pete Holidai of the Trouble Pilgrims, direct musical descendants of the 1970s Irish punk band the Radiators From Space.

The Legendary Brush

More than forty years after his band Skid Row became the first Irish rock group to penetrate the British album charts, the legendary Brendan “Brush” Shiels still cuts a hugely energetic figure on stage. Unfortunately long-term commercial success eluded Skid Row. But their guitarist, the late Gary Moore, went on to achieve renown with Thin Lizzy and others. This is …

Damhsa

Members of the Irish dance group Damhsa in full flight. For those unfamiliar with the Irish language, damhsa literally means dance. But here’s the bit that causes endless confusion for our visitors – and indeed for many Irish people too. Funny things happen when a consonant is followed by the letter “h”. So in this case damhsa is pronounced dow-sa.

Electric Ceili

The group Electric Ceili performing in Meeting House Square, Dublin.