Teenagers top the Trad scene at Maiden City Fleadh Cheoil

August 26, 2013

A local Trad band has emerged from this year’s All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil as winners in more ways than one, having landed a recording studio prize which will enable them to produce their first album.

Cúig – featuring Miceal Mullen from Killeavy, Camlough brothers Eoin and Cathal Murphy, and Ronan and Ruairi Stewart from Co. Tyrone – picked up the top accolade in the Trad4Trocaire Battle of the Bands competition, as part of the Fleadh Cheoil fringe events.

Up against stiff competition, the talented teenagers wowed the audience and the judging panel alike with their self-arranged, innovative mix of traditional music.

Having got together less than two years ago, the teenage quintet has gone from strength to strength, attracting invitations from some of the country’s top musicians along the way. Indeed during the Derry Fleadh, Cúig performed on ‘Fleadh Live’, broadcast on TG4, sharing the stage with, among others, Cara Dillon and Eleanor Shanley, as well as performing on BBC and RTE radio.

Last weekend marked the pinnacle of a hugely successful summer for Cúig, who spent almost a month gigging in France, fronting famed Anglo-Irish band ‘Flook’.

Cúig are definitely the sound of the future in traditional Irish music circles and as a result of their fantastic success in Derry, in which they also were rewarded with a support slot at the prestigious Templebar Tradfest, fans can look forward to their debut CD in the coming months.

Cúig were joined by a string of other musicians and dancers who enjoyed fantastic success at the Fleadh Cheoil in Derry