Portlaoise, County Laois
cua - artist biography
Since releasing their album, songs of the hollow, and following a hectic 2018, cua have successfully toured Ireland, England and Scotland. Through the combination of great shows and hard work, cua played two sold out shows at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival in January, a fitting launch to what promises to be a big a year for the group in 2019.
John Davidson, Shane Booth & Ros O'Meara bring together dynamic and contrasting instrumentation and vocal arrangements. The group have an expansive acoustic soundtrack blending guitars, fiddle, bouzouki, percussion and 3 part harmony arrangements to create a world music folk styling that the group call Atlantean. Soaring melody lines, dirgy, intense a ccapella vocals and complex rhythmic structures will have the blood pumping through even the coldest of auditoriums. The cua live experience has been compared to the melodic intricacies of Planxty combined with the harmony skills of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
cua truly pride themselves on their diversity, with subtle nods to many genres, whilst keeping a folk, world, roots and traditional line throughout. All members are multi-instrumentalists and are inspired by many aspects of the musical spectrum including roots, blues, gospel, jazz fusion, traditional, bluegrass and more. Their approach to music is inspired by the history, landscape and peoples of the Atlantic areas.
cua have been recognised on a european and national level following their first two successful studio releases. Their new 15 track album, Songs of the Hollow, truly captures their distinctive sound and energy and is currently receiving critical acclaim. cua are receiving national and local radio airplay in Scotland, England, Ireland, America, France, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and the US. The group are recipients of a creative Ireland grant and have shared the bill with Andy Irvine, The Furey’s, Hazel O’Connor and The 4 Of Us to name but a few.
The group have new albums in the pipeline, the first due for release on 11th October, followed by a 3 week tour of the UK on the Brookfield Knights roster beginning on 27th October. Cua are going from strength to strength with stunning live shows to back up their critically acclaimed recordings.
|20 Sep 2019||21:00||Mountrath GAA, Mountrath Co Laois||Culture Week|
|5 Oct 2019||21:00||Teach An Chuinne House concerts, Shanahoe,Co Laois||House concert with Glenwood from the USA||Buy Tickets|
|11 Oct 2019||20:00||Dunamaise Arts Centre, Church Street, Portlaoise, Laois||Dynamise Arts Centre Album Launch||Buy Tickets|
|1 Nov 2019||21:00||The Annesley House, 70 North Strand Road, Dublin 3||One of 3 acts|
|27 Nov 2019||21:30||The Old Ship Inn, Lowdham, Lowdham||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|28 Nov 2019||21:00||The Green note, The Green Note Campden||Main Artist UK tour|
|29 Nov 2019||21:00||Grayshott Village Hall, Nr Hindhead, Surrey, Grayshott Village Hall, Nr Hindhead, Surrey||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|30 Nov 2019||21:00||The Ropewalk, Barton On Humber||Main artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|3 Dec 2019||21:00||Star Folk Club, Glasgow, Glasgow||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|4 Dec 2019||21:00||Grateful Fred Night, Atkinson Theatre, Southport, Southport||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|5 Dec 2019||21:00||Montrose Folk Club, Montrose||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|6 Dec 2019||21:00||The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, Aberdeen||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|7 Dec 2019||22:00||Village Hall, West Kilbride, West Kilbride||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|10 Dec 2019||22:15||Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan, Kilbarchan||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|11 Dec 2019||22:00||Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, Peebles||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|
|12 Dec 2019||20:00||Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy, Kirkcaldy||Main Artist UK tour||Buy Tickets|