Living Traditions Presentations and Flagstaff Arts Council present the traditional Irish band, Beoga, in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The concert will take place at 7:00pm on September 21, 2014. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Beoga (gaelic for ‘lively’) features five of the finest musicians in Northern Ireland. The band was drawn together in 2002 after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious session at the All-Ireland Fleadh. Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley, and four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray. In 2005, the lineup was complete, with the addition of Niamh Dunne, one of Ireland’s premier young talents, on vocals and fiddle.
The Bedrock of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres to intensify their sound. From bluesy riffs, to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always maintains a wonderful Irish sound. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun and adventure. The Wall Street Journal describes them as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.” Irish Music Magazine writes, “Nobody does this stuff better at the moment. Beoga are at the forefront of the new Irish wave.”
Living Traditions Presentations is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts and is also supported by the BBB Revenues from the City of Flagstaff.