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Review: Beoga at Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle

Beoga is the Gaelic word for lively and the name of a traditional Irish folk band that has conquered the world over the last 10 years or so

The Tyneside Irish Centre in Newcastle
The Tyneside Irish Centre in Newcastle

Beoga is the Gaelic word for lively and the name of a traditional Irish folk band that has conquered the world over the last 10 years or so. The band’s roots are Co Antrim in Northern Ireland, apart from Niamh Dunne, who is from Co Limerick.

The band features two accordions which I have heard described as duelling, however I think would be better compared to  premier league strikers who work closely together, their focus on the goal instead of showing off to the crowd. As expected four times All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Eamon Murray was tremendous. Singer and fiddle player Niamh Dunne shared  the same delicate approach, she has a fine voice and a great player. My only disappointment was that piano player Liam Bradley was somewhat lost in the mix.

One highlight  was spontaneous Irish dancing  which took  both  the  band and the audience by surprise.

Later, more mature ladies hand danced jazz style to a tune that was a fusion of traditional Celtic music with trad jazz. The Pogues have often been compared to The Dubliners, it would be appropriate to compare Beoga to The Chieftains.

An outstanding band and a great gig.

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