Traditional Irish Music
In the few short years since they formed Ruaile Buaile, Niall Kelly, Arthur Stones, Jack Godley and Shane Lynam, have gone from being considered a highly thought-of young local act, to being a wanted band the length and breadth of Ireland. And not only Ireland, as it happens. The lads have also taken their brand of high-energy Celtic you-name-it-they've-got-it style of music to many countries in Europe, as well as the United States, and even the Middle East! It sometimes happens that way in music. But not very often.
Ruaile Bualie's debut album, ‘Commotion', signalled a major transitional point on the band's career map, as they changed from being just a group whose gig everyone wanted to be at, to being that group who everyone wanted to be able to hear whenever they wanted to! 'Commotion' made that happen. Their gigs were still usually standing-room only affairs, but now the sound of their 'commotion' was coming from car-windows, house parties, pub jukeboxes, personal playlists, and anywhere else you can think of!
In the midst of all that madness (and in spite of a very serious accident which kept Arthur out of action - almost for good - for quite some time!), the lads found time to record their second album, 'This Very Moment'. The title track evokes a mood not far removed from bands like Mumford And Sons or The Lumineers. It features strong lyrics and a distinctly controlled sound, where the usual unbridled exuberance which is so typical of the Ruaile Buaile 'sound', is harnessed into a much more measured and mature performance than anything they've previously recorded.
While 'This Very Moment' is a sure-fire contender for fast becoming a favourite track with fans, their version of the Picturehouse classic, 'Love In The Streets', won't be too far behind, and should prove a highlight at 'live' shows. If you can imagine a tune infused with a reggae-trad vibe, and complemented with almost Beach Boys-esque harmonies and backing vocals, then you're pretty close to the core of this song. 'Break The Wave' is also worth paying attention to as a radio-friendly potential single somewhere down the line.
Throw in storming instrumentals 'Body And Soul' and 'Get It Into Ya', together with the American Civil War tune, 'Carry Me Back To Virginia', and 'Alright in the end’ (which tells the story of Arthur’s unfortunate accident), and you have album that certainly has everything required to continue Ruaile Bualie's upward trajectory in the music world.
From a small start to the world stage in only a few short years Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world with their own style of high-energy, ground-thumping, celtic beats. Combined with a little Irish charm and flare, these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better known established acts to follow.
The album is also available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.
Niall Kelly - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Shane Lynam - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Jack Godley - Banjo, Cajon
Arthur O’Connor - Vocals, Fiddle, Banjo
Produced, mixed and engineered by Joe Egan
Recorded in Nutshed Studios, Grouse Lodge and Genius move studio
Photography by Dara Munnis
Graphic Design by Jason Kenna
Press release by Anthony O’Sullivan
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