8th June 2018
Before We Change Our Mind
1. The Homestead Hero / 2. Eochaid / 3. The Bonny Ship, The Diamond / 4. Aurora / 5. Farewell To Carlingford / 6. The Convict / 7. Jump The Broom / 8. Like A Dime / 9. Before We Change Our Mind / 10. Wexford Town / 11. Valhalla
Returning centre stage with a more mature and rounded effort, Beoga break off the shackles of rising stars tag to produce a record that will surely position them at the arc of Irish traditional music’s new wave. Whilst achieving the difficult feat of gratifying their burgeoning band of avid followers, Before We Change Our Mind will unquestionably entice new disciples aboard the good ship Beoga. Under the stewardship of producer Michael Keeney (Foy Vance & Ed Sheeran, Lisa Hannigan & Bonnie Rait), recording was undertaken with live takes where possible, resulting in a refreshing and ebullient feel, whilst losing none of the polish or veracity of previous efforts. Confirming their reputation for innovation, all seven instrumentals on the album are original compositions from the band. In a departure from previous recordings the songs draw more on the folk song tradition with The Bonny Ship, The Diamond drawn from the vast repository of the godfather of folk Ewan McColl, alongside the Tommy Makem classic Farewell to Carlingford and Wexford Town, a song long associated with the travelling singer Pecker Dunne, incidentally a relative of Niamh’s. With guest appearances from such luminaries as Stephen McCartney & Rachel Coulter (Farriers) and The Arco String Quartet (Villagers, Duke Special) it’s no surprise that the sound that has been achieved is euphonic, tuneful, cinematic, even symphonic at times, yet it never loses that unique Beoga voice which was forged all those years ago at the Fleadhs and sessions in County Antrim and further afield. The bedrock of the Beoga sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. From bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always returns to a wonderfully bouncy Irish sound. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun and adventure.