The Hermon Chapel welcomes in its four walls locally well-known concert promoter Offa Events who brings you live and direct from Belfast Craobh Rua! ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’, that should be their motto. No strangers to these shores, where they have delighted audiences on all their previous visits, Belfast’s finest are back for a compelling St Patrick’s celebration of Irish music and song. Catch them while you can on their 2019 St Patrick’s Tour!
“The mighty Northern style of Irish Traditional Music cruises through their veins” – FROOTS
“Craobh Rua – a free advertisement for everything that’s good about Irish Traditional Music – they play it from the heart and they play it superbly!” – BELFAST TELEGRAPH
“Craobh Rua have a sure touch with tunes, sensitivity with songs and a way with words that is legendary.” – IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE
Firm favorites on the European festival and roots circuit, this exciting acoustic four-piece take a refreshing un-pretentious and uncommonly skilled run at some of the greatest music in the world. Craobh Rua (pronounced ‘Crave Roo-Ah’ meaning ‘Red Branch’) plays Irish Traditional Music from the heart. A rich sound, acoustic driven, this is traditional Celtic fare at its finest, mixing rousing jigs, reels and polkas with tender ballads and airs. Theirs is a music driven by uillean pipes, fiddle, whistles and the exciting banjo and mandolin playing of group founder Brian Connolly with passionate vocals from Jim Rainey.
Regarded around the globe as true ambassadors of Irish music, they are impeccable musicians with arrangements that are all their own and have been likened to the first wave of the Irish folk revival of the sixties and seventies. On stage they have performed with De Dannan, Alan Stivell and even taken the stage in Italy in an Ireland meets Mongolia collaboration with Egschiglen from Outer Mongolia! On television they have appeared in the BBC TV series The Shetlands Sessions, S4C TV and also on BBC Music Live when they played live in front of millions of viewers on BBC2.
Recent tours and festival shows in the UK, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Belgium, USA/Canada and Australia to delighted audiences has earned the band wide appreciation and recognition. Sell-out shows in the UK over the last nine years have seen the band build up a large and loyal fan-base. They have released five albums to date worldwide, their current offering is entitled ‘If Ida Been Here Ida Been There’. Come and raise a Guiness or two with us, ….book early it’s gonna be busy!
Please note: Tickets can be purchased from Offa Events (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01691 650293) or via The Hermon online, by card over the phone 01691 662196 or directly via the chapel door!
More about the band: www.craobhrua.com