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Cúig for Croker: Young musicians to perform at GAA Headquarters

Three young musicians from the area are preparing to entertain their biggest audience of their career when they provide the interval entertainment in this weekend’s All-Ireland Hurling finals in Croke Park.

With an expected crowd of more than 83,000 spectators packing into GAA Headquarters, local Trad band Cúig will boost the stadium’s customary exhilarating atmosphere with their unique blend of rock-based traditional Irish style of music.

Featuring Camlough brothers Eoin and Cathal Murphy, Miceal Mullen from Killeavy and brothers Ruairi and Ronan Stewart from Tyrone, Cúig have established themselves as one of the most promising up-and-coming artists on the Irish music scene.

Their unique sound and original compilations set them apart and have captured the attention of music industry moguls across Europe and the US.  Indeed just last week the boys performed at the world famous Milwaukee Irish Fest, North America’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture, where they received a rapturous welcome.

The US gigs came on the back of a demanding three-week European tour, taking in France, Spain, Holland and Italy, their performances to packed venues drawing critical acclaim and capturing first-class reviews.  And they’ll be back on the continent later in the year for a scheduled 22-gig tour of Germany in October.

Closer to home, Cúig are one of the headline acts in the upcoming Iúr Cinn Fleadh, taking place in Newry from 7th-10th September.  The band will join renowned former De Danann vocalist Eleanor Shanley for a concert in Newry Variety Market on Friday 8th September at 8pm.

Before all that, however, spectators in Croke Park, and perhaps the millions watching from all corners of the world, can enjoy a taster of their immense talent this All-Ireland Hurling Sunday.

Currently enjoying massive success, it’s easy to forget these tremendously talented musicians are still in their formative years and, while the five are still in education at their respective schools and colleges, they undoubtedly have a bright future ahead of them at the forefront of the traditional Irish music industry across the globe.