Belfast, County Antrim
Formed in May 2017, Buí is a collaborative musical project based around the music of singer songwriter Josh Healy. After being joined by permanent members Eoin Johnson, Adam Sloan and Ronan McQuillan, Healy quickly set about recording what would become Buí’s debut album, “Eugene.” Taking place at Earth Music Studios in Belfast, these sessions included a total of 14 musicians from the local rock, electronic, folk and traditional scenes, as well as collaborators from further afield. Buí’s permanent line-up was later completed with the addition of drummer Amy Nolan.
The album was released on the 27th of November 2017, accompanied by the band's first live appearance. Eugene’s 11 tracks are mainly concerned with issues surrounding mental health and emotional well being, particularly anxiety and self-image.
Since then, they have been playing extensively across the island of Ireland, including festival slots at the Galway Fringe Festival, Dublin’s Whelans Summerwatch Festival and a headline slot at Limerick’s Féile na Gréine.
Always a collaborative project, Buí’s line-up is ever changing as shown in a recent Irish tour in April 2019, where 3 stand-in members joined Josh and Adam for shows in Derry, Dublin, Cork and Belfast. After recently being signed by award winning producer Julie McLarnon’s Analogue Catalogue Records, Buí are gearing up for their latest release. The Double-A side recorded by the band in late 2018 is set to be released on the label on 29th of May 2019, accompanied by dates in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Limerick.
Some of Buí’s achievements in 2018 include the release of their single ‘When The Fun Stops’ in March. This was met with drive time radio airplay on RTÉ Radio and Raidió na Life. In the Summer, the band played several festivals, including Féile an Phobail, Whelan's Summer Watch and a headline appearance at the Galway Fringe and Limerick's Féile Na Gréine.