How to Tune a Fish (Compass Records, 2011)
With How to Tune a Fish, the band’s fourth album, Beoga demonstrates that they are a powerhouse in Irish music. The Northern Ireland band takes Irish traditional music and combines it with folk rock, jazz, twangy American bluegrass, and even a 1909 vaudeville song, creating an exciting collection of original and rearranged traditional pieces.
Beoga includes five outstanding musicians. Their sound is characterized by the twin dueling accordions of virtuoso musicians Seán Óg Graham and Damian Damian McKee; the soulful vocals of Niamh Dunne; and the powerful rhythm section of four-time All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray and Liam Bradley’s piano. Guest musicians on the album include Irish whistles master Brian Finnegan, Brona Graham on banjo, Alana Henderson on cello, Richard Nelson on dobro, Jonny Toman on banjo, Rachel Toman on clarinet, and Gary Currie on electric guitar and bass.
The band calls its style “new wave trad” and admit that they are not purists, singing of much more than the rolling green hills of Ireland. How to Tune a Fish was recorded over the last year (2010) in their respective basements, living rooms and bathrooms.
How to Tune a Fish fizzes with energy and takes Irish music in surprising directions.
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