Song of the Week : The progressive sound of northern band Cúig

This is the progressive sound of northern band Cúig, with an original composition called Change. Hailing from Armagh and Tyrone they keep it mellow at first on this new single before building up the traditional elements that close the track out. The bands inspiration comes from just about anything they say. Guitarist Ruairí Stewart states that their music has deep roots “within the boundaries of Irish traditional music” adding that “we’re not afraid to take inspiration from Breton, Galician and American Bluegrass styles. 

Read our interview with the band and check out some more sounds.

With regard to individuals that have inspired them he says that “there is no real central figure but rather a multitude of them ranging from the likes of Dermot Byrne, Cillian Vallely, Jim Goodwin, Cathal Hayden” and many more both locally as well as internationally.

This world view of music is becoming a recurring feature within traditional music as artists find the balance between their respect for their traditional roots and at the same time exploring new sounds and recording techniques.  Social media and the immediate access that is now available to a world of music contributes to this.  Some are fearful of it and others, especially young energetic musicians like Cúig have grown up with it and accept it as their reality.

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