Cúig claim top spot in Search for a Star contest

April 22, 2013

New young trad band Cúig is celebrating winning the final of the Search for a Star competition, held in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday.

Featuring Camlough brothers Eoin and Cathal Murphy, Miceal Mullen from Killean and Ronan and Ruairi Stewart from Dungannon, the band were announced emphatic winners in the thrilling final of the three-month long competition.

Up against a diverse range of talent from across Ulster, the fab five consistently topped their heat and semi-final stages, wowing the judges week after week with their contemporary and enthralling repertoire.

Their performance at Friday’s final attracted top marks from the voting audience and both judges, one of whom – Plunkett McGartland – described the group as “world class”.  The second judge – Leanne Benn of the famous Benn Sisters – extolled their talent saying “I have toured the world and I have never come across talent like this at such a young age”.

The five have been playing together as a band for the past two years on the local trad scene and their fresh young approach to traditional music has attracted the attention of many of the well-known names in the industry, as well as appealing to a younger audience.

Cúig were awarded £7,000 in prize money, £1,000 of which they have pledged to their nominated charity – the Intensive Care Unit, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

The lads take this opportunity to thank all their family, friends, neighbours and fans for their continued support, not just in this Search of a Star contest, but throughout their musical careers to date.

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