Irish language reggae in Armagh

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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Armagh will be treated to a music extravaganza on Saturday 20th April when the extremely popular band Bréag visit the Cathedral City for the first time.

Bréag, who will be playing in Kelly’s Bar, are renowned throughout Ireland for their lively concerts and have gathered a cult following throughout the island and further afield with their infectious brand of modern Celtic, reggae, ska and world music.

All proceeds from the night will go to the ‘Run for Dáithí’ charity appeal. A small admission fee of £5 will contribute to this very worthy cause. 

Formed initially to raise money for local Irish language schools, Bréag have become one of the most refined and original acts of their kind. Over the last decade, having performed as far afield as Sri Lanka, Bréag have developed a Celtic fusion never before heard.

The first generation of urban Gaelic speakers in modern Belfast, their Gaelic heritage permeates through their lyrics and music. With Eastern European and Latin American traditional styles, branched with roots of reggae and ska, Bréag give the listener, and inevitably the dancer, a unique musical experience.

Bréag have performed throughout Ireland, Europe and Asia, and have returned to the Basque country and Switzerland on numerous occasions.

Having performed at the Sligo Arts Festival, Féile an Phobail and other festivals, Bréag have twice shared a stage with the infamous Jamaican reggae outfit The Wailers, as well as Shane McGowan, Sly & Robbie, Bad Manners, Steel Pulse, The Beat, Mano Negra, Neville Staple, Alabama 3, Lee Thompson, The Rubber Bandits, The Hothouse Flowers, Black 47, and Kila.

Bréag have also made numerous television appearances on RTÉ, BBC and TG4, as well as performances on Sri Lankan, Basque and French television.

The gig will complement the musical the Nathan Carter concert in Armagh and patrons attending the concert in the Athletic Grounds are welcome to call in to Kelly’s afterwards to experience a fascinating twist on modern Irish language music.

The concert is being sponsored by Cairde Teo to celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge, Irish language year, and all proceeds from the night will go to the Run for Dáithí charity.


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