Since the birth of Beoga in 2002, it has expanded the vocabulary of Irish Music with a unique accent of its own. The band are now firmly established as one of the most popular and influential ensembles in modern Irish music.
Beoga describe themselves as “Four Nordy lads and a Limerick lass beating out the new wave trad”.
With five albums to their credit to date, Beoga have always pushed the boundaries of the Irish trad sound by embracing everything from bluesy riffs to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe.
Beoga’s willingness to bend genres has allowed them to take Irish culture to an international audience, much as the likes of The Chieftains, Enya and The Coors had done before them.
Beoga’s Limerick connection is Niamh Dunne. Originally one of Beoga’s early fans, Dunne hails from a long heritage of traditional Irish musicians. She is a graduate of the Irish World Academy in Limerick.
A chance university meeting led to Niamh Dunne being enveloped into the Beoga World.
In recent years, Beoga have toured the world, released several albums and experienced things they’d never dreamed of doing, such as performing at BBC’s Proms in the Park.
The Wall Street Journal even heralded them as, “The most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”
2017 saw Beoga tick off an enviable list of accomplishments from their shared bucket list.
Beoga came to international attention when they collaborated on two songs on Ed Sheeran’s global hit album ‘÷’. After it shot to the top of the charts all over the globe, those two tracks - ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Nancy Mulligan’ - accumulated over 687 million streams at Spotify.
The success of the Ed Sheeran association has seen the band feature on their first chart-topping hit in Ireland. They have featured as guest artists during Sheeran’s Glastonbury headline set and have secured a debut appearance on Top of the Pops.
“In Beoga, the Irish music world found another prodigy… madcap genius, master craftsmen” – Irish Music Magazine
“a heady, virtually head-spinning sonic blend, stamping Beoga as perhaps the most audacious Irish band rooted in trad today” - New York’s Irish Echo
“Beoga have energy, drive, intelligent creativity, wit and real musicianship. This is the freshest take on the tradition” Irish American News
“innovative as Celtic music mavericks Solas and Lunasa” - Boston Globe
Special Guest Emma Langford
Irish Folk Singer-Songwriter
Emma Langford has woven a sound which Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”.
A folk guitarist and singer-songwriter from Limerick in the West of Ireland, embued with the soul and style of Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy and Joan Baez; her distinctive vocal style demonstrates a blend of Irish lilt with folk and jazz. Delicate guitar work complements an intuitive sense of melody.
Emma Langford's insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanour prove a winning combination, creating an engaging live presence. She has to date shared a stage with globally renowned artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mundy, Eddi Reader, Mick Flannery and Declan O’Rourke.
In 2016 Emma successfully crowd-funded and launched a debut EP, simply titled "Emma Langford", which was toured at sold-out dates across the country.
Her debut album “Quiet Giant” described by Today Fm’s Ed Smith as “absolutely stunning” was released in October 2017 along with a music video accompanying the album's single, Closed Book. The record received considerable airtime on RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Radio1, Lyric FM, BBC Northern Ireland, and Newstalk. It remained in the independent Irish charts, and on the RTÉ Radio 1 playlist for many weeks following its release, securing the young artist’s place as a staple of the national folk scene.
In October 2017 she completed a hugely successful month-long tour of Germany and Switzerland with the Irish Folk Festival, receiving rave reviews and breaking tour records for CD sales.
In 2017 Emma was voted "Best Solo Female Artist" by Pure M Magazine, and was listed as a Hot Press Magazine one-to-watch in the summer of 2016.
“A breath of fresh air... Very easy on the ear.” - Phil Coulter (2017)
"music that weaves a spell as you listen to it... [An] enduring piece of work." - the Irish Times (2017)
"So personal the lyrics, so bewitching sounds her soft voice, expressing at the same time joy and sorrow..." - Algemeine Zeitung, German Press (2017)
"A songwriter of great depth and personal soul searching and a voice to match." - RTÉ Lyric FM (2017)
"Emma Langford certainly knows how to weave magic and mystery through a tune... A beguiling, distinctive voice.” – Hot Press Magazine (2018)