Beoga Releases Second Album "Mischief"
June 11, 2007
"Super vocals, a terrific staccato beat to the rhythm with a real sense of style and wit. This is a major, major band to be reckoned with."
- Bill Margeson (The Chicago Irish-American News / Live Ireland.com)
Beoga are a five-piece traditional band based in County Antrim. Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordians of Sean Og Graham and Damian McKee, along with four time All-Ireland bodhran champion Eamon Murray and pianist Liam Bradley. With the addition of one of Ireland’s premier young singers, Naimh Dunne, "Mischief" looks to confirm Beoga’s reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Ireland in recent years. The bedrock of Beoga’s music lies firmly within the Irish tradition, but they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. With a repetoire of fresh self-penned tunes and inventive arrangements, "Mischief" has already earned a 9.5/10 rating in Hotpress and has been tipped by Irish Music Magazine as a contender for album of the year.
Beoga’s popularity continues to flourish, as they captivate audiences on a global scale with their blend of passion, energy and vitality. This second album proves to be a coming of age record. Expect the unexpected from Beoga’s "Mischief".
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BBC2 Folk Awards Horizon Winner Kris Drever releases Black Water on Compass Records today!
June 05, 2007
"A strong natural singer and top notch guitarist. The folk revival has a new standard bearer." - Q MAGAZINE
"Kris Drever is a serious talent" - MOJO
June 5, 2007 (Nashville) - Orkney-born and son of singer-songwriter Ivan Drever (Wolfstone), Kris Drever emerges from within the surging folk scene with Black Water, a debut album that is "as marvelous as it is timeless." (Maverick) . Produced by John McCusker and featuring constant conspirators and collaborators Kate Rusby, Donald Shaw, Roddy Woomble and Eddi Reader, Black Water gives a modern washing to folk standards such as "Braw Sailin’ On the Sail" and "Patrick Spence".
At seventeen, Drever left home for the mainland, eventually gravitating towards Edinburgh’s burgeoning session scene and The Tron Ceilidh House, which was then (late 1990’s) the place to be. It wasn’t long before Drever was a regular at this Scottish musicians haven, playing several nights a week. After a temporary switch to the double bass, Drever subsequently returned to the guitar and began honing his highly individual style - a blend of rhythm and harmony, folk, jazz, rock and country inflections - that now finds him in near-constant demand as a session player.
Drever’s earlier live and recorded work includes collaborations with Cathy Ryan of Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, Scottish fiddlers John McCusker and Bruce MacGregor, Irish accordionist Leo McCann and Gaelic band Tannas, as well as tours of the US and South America with the Irish dance show Celtic Fusion. Drever was also a member of the highly acclaimed trio Fine Friday which released two albums on the Foot Stompin’ label and toured the UK, Europe and Australia before the three went their separate ways to concentrate on individual projects.
In February 2007, Kris Drever was honored with the prestigious Horizon Award at the 2007 BBC2 Folk Awards. Drever recently toured the UK with Eddi Reader and Roddy Hart and will release an album with the band Lau (Aidan O’Rourke on fiddle, Martin Green on accordion) on Compass Records summer 2007.