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Trad band Beoga release new song ahead of Belfast St Patrick's gig

Irish "new wave trad" group Beoga have returned with a new single, penned by the quintet, Ed Sheeran, and Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid.

'Matthew's Daughter' featuring American country singer-songwriter Devin Dawson has been released ahead of the trad group's Belfast gig this wekeend.

The band, who describe themselves as “four Nordy lads and a Limerick lass beating out the new wave trad”, gained worldwide recognition following their collaboration with Ed Sheeran on two tracks from his latest album - Galway Girl and Nancy Mulligan.

Speaking about the new song, Beoga said: "'Matthew's Daughter' is about being thankful and acknowledging your loved ones and where they come from; it's something most people can relate to.

"We are delighted Devin agreed to collaborate with us on this one. His voice lends itself perfectly to this song and we were very careful not to get in the way and over play it. Together, we've hopefully created something that people will love."

Beoga, which is Irish for lively, is comprised of bodhran player and unofficial spokesman Eamon Murray, Sean Og Graham (guitar/accordion), Damian McKee (accordion), Liam Bradley (piano/keys), and Niamh Dunne (vocals/fiddles).

Beoga will be performing at I Love Irish Music! at Belfast Waterfront on Saturday, March 16 as part of the festivities for St Patrick’s Day with the Ulster Orchestra. Tickets are on sale now.

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