are delighted to welcome back Cúig, winners of the "Young Band Competition” at
the 2013 festival!
Cúig are a young, fresh, new talent with an innovative sound to shake up the Irish Trad scene! Despite their short time together, the band has shared the stage with the famous Máirtín O’Connor Trio; ‘Triad’ with Donal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne and Sylvain Barou; Dave Munnelly, Mick Conneely, Ryan Molloy and Beoga. In July 2013, Cúig travelled to ‘Les Celti’Cimes’ festival in the French Alps playing support to international headline act, Flook.
They have also taken the stage at the renowned William Kennedy Piping Festival; the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention; various Fleadhanna and other music festivals, playing with an array of Ireland’s finest talent to great acclaim. Cúig’s performances on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Blas’ and ‘Folk Club’; BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and most recently TG4’s ‘Fleadh Live’ prove that the band displays skills and talents which defy their years. With a line-up of musicians who have achieved Provincial and All Ireland success, Cúig are a band to look out for.
Niamh Dunne (Beoga) commented, "New trad band Cúig, will, quite frankly, knock your socks off! They have a fresh, unique and vibrant sound that most bands take years to establish, and their individual and collective musicianship belies their years. Talent hanging out of them! A truly brilliant trad band."