Saturday, March 07, 2020
Réalta takes a lively, exciting and respectful approach to Irish traditional music. Reared on a staple diet of The Bothy Band, Planxty and other such classics, this Belfast based band captures the timeless aspects of the tradition and presents it in its raw form—fresh and beautiful... Or as one reviewer put it, "Réalta carries on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames!"
Based in Belfast, Ireland, this award winning multi-instrumentalist group has traveled extensively bringing their unique take on Irish traditional music to international audiences with an enchanting program of dance music interspersed with the occasional air and song.
While Conor Lamb and Loïc Bléjean pursue the melody on uilleann pipes and whistles, guitarist and vocalist Deirdre Galway explores the harmony and rhythms within the tunes. All-Ireland champions Dermot Mulholland and Dermot Moynagh complete the line-up with dynamic accompaniments on double bass, bouzouki, banjo, bodhràn and voice making this one of the most exciting acts on the Irish music scene today.
The release of their second album Clear Skies has brought Réalta widespread critical acclaim, with the Irish Music Magazine summing things up by writing "Réalta has grown bigger, bolder and braver and this is one of the best CDs to have come out of Ireland this year!"
A performance by Réalta is joyous, energetic, foot-stomping, unforgettable and not to be missed.