Ed Sheeran joined by Northern Ireland trad band Beoga for summer dates
Trad band Beoga will support Ed Sheeran during his string of live gigs across Ireland this summer.
The Antrim five piece have previously performed with Sheeran in front of 150,000 people during his headlining set at Glastonbury in 2017.
They also co-wrote his international hit Galway Girl, as well as Nancy Mulligan from Sheeran's album Divide.
Beoga will support the singer during his summer gigs which include the Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast on Wednesday, May 9.
Other dates include Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork from May 4-6 and Pearse Stadium, Galway from May 12-13.
The Irish dates will finish up at Phoenix Park in Dublin from on May 16, 18 and 19.
Singers Jamie Lawson and Anne-Marie will also be performing.
**BIG NEWS** Our new song 'We Don't Have To Run' featuring @ryanmcmusic will be released on May 4th. OHHH and we can finally reveal that we're supporting #edsheeran on his Irish tourdates. YUSSSSS! pic.twitter.com/vcxhO1z87J— Beoga (@beogamusic) April 26, 2018
Having signed to Spirit B-Unique Records last year, Beoga been in the studio working on new material with Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and Bangor singer Foy Vance.
They are set to release their new single We Don’t Have To Run featuring Portaferry star Ryan McMullan on May 4.
Bodhrán player, Eamon Murray, said: “We know how lucky we are to be working inside such a collective of super musicians, producers and co-writers. Everyone brings something different to the table and it’s been a different process this time round.”
“We were making music like we’d never done before,” added accordionist Damian McKee. “It was like starting again from scratch.”
“It’s less pressure as well,” said Sean Og Graham, who plays accordion and guitar.
“You only have to come up with eight bars of something or find a really good hook. But it’s challenging to find something that’s vibey enough to last through an entire song.
Beoga - Irish for lively - originally hail from Antrim and have been in existence for 15 years.
Completed by Niamh Dunne on vocals and fiddles with Liam Bradley on piano and keys, Beoga have been described as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century” by The Wall Street Journal.
During their career they have produced five critically acclaimed albums, been shortlisted for a Grammy and performed with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms.
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