“At the cutting edge of music”: Cúig launch debut EP

March 30, 2015

An up-and-coming trad band, currently taking the traditional music scene by storm, will launch their debut EP at an event in Newry next weekend.

Cúig – a five-piece group featuring local lads Miceál Mullen from Killeavy; Camlough brothers Eoin and Cathal Murphy alongside the group’s second set of brothers Ruairí and Rónán Stewart from Dungannon – will treat fans to a selection of tunes from their new album at its local launch event on Saturday 10th April in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.

Fans are in for a treat with the band’s self-titled EP, which features an impressive mix of arrangements stamped with the youngsters’ individuality that have attracted praise and recognition from some of the country’s best known and respected musicians.

Formed just over three years ago featuring Miceál on banjo, Eoin on button accordion, Ruairí guitar, Rónán on uilleann pipes and fiddle, and Cathal in charge of percussion, Cúig have established themselves among the most promising artists on the Irish traditional music scene.  They incorporate Breton, Galician and American bluegrass tunes into their repertoire, which is already steeped in the Irish tradition, entertaining audiences throughout Ireland and further afield with their exciting and innovative sound.

With countless performances on national television and radio – including BBC Radio Ulster’s Blas and Folk Club, and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune – these hugely talented teenagers display a musical skill that defies their tender years.

In August 2013, Cúig performed on TG4’s Fleadh Live, which broadcast worldwide to an audience of 1.2 million.  And in the few short years since their formation, they have taken to the stage alongside some of the biggest names in Irish music such as Flook, Beoga, the Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Goitse and We Banjo 3.

Cúig have taken their music outside the boundaries of the traditional music scene in Ireland and in July 2013 they played alongside international headline act, Flook at the Les CeltiCimes Festival in the French Alps.  In August last year they travelled to the Balver Höhle Irish Folk Festival in Germany where their performance won them great acclaim and made regional headlines.

Not only have these young musicians achieved success as a band, but collectively they have also won a multitude of individual All Ireland and Provincial titles.

Singing the praises of Cúig, John Joe Kelly of ‘Flook’ described them as “phenomenal young musicians”, adding “their playing has a maturity that goes way beyond their years. A classic mix of banjo, box, pipes/fiddle, guitar and bodhran these musicians have already created a distinctive and exciting sound together. With fantastic stage presence, arrangements and musicality this band has a great and bright future ahead.”

These sentiments were replicated in testimonials from Gino Lupari (Four Men and a Dog) who said: “Irish music is in safe hands with this new and exciting band. Young musicians that are at the cutting edge of the music”, and Niamh Dunne of Beoga: “Cúig, will, quite frankly, knock your socks off! They have a fresh, unique and vibrant sound that most bands take years to establish, and their individual and collective musicianship belies their years.”

With plaudits such as these, all that’s left to do is to come along to Newry Arts Centre on Saturday 10th April and see these fantastic young musicians in action for yourself.

The evening commences at 7.30pm with a complimentary drink, admission is £10/£8 concession and tickets are available from the Arts Centre box office on 028 3031 3180.