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.
In May 2019, Buí released double a-side 7" Something Else to Talk About/People Don't Think on award winning producer Julie McLarnon's label Analogue Catalogue Records. The release was accompanied by shows in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Limerick. The first of the two tracks has been playlisted by various Spotify editorial playlists and received radioplay across Ireland, including on John Baker's "Totally Irish" on 98FM. Most recently, Buí have been included in the line-up for the Other Voices Belfast weekend in June 2019, performing in the Duncairn Arts Centre.