Gan Bua is a traditional Irish band that plays great celtic rhythms and brings ecstasy to the audiences they play to at concerts. Gan Bua is a band that combines traditional Celtic rhythms and contemporary sounds beautifully. Band member Brian Ohairt mentioned how he first got involved in Irish music. He stated that while in high school he would listen to traditional Irish music and then he educated himself on this art form before later moving to Ireland where he was able to immerse himself further into traditional Celtic music.
About Group Members
The name Gan Bua means “without talent” but this is not true of the group. One of the members of the group, Jackie Moran, uses a unique Irish percussion instrument called the Bodhran, which is an Irish frame drum that gives off a beautiful and infectious sound which blends well with the other instruments. Jackie Moran has also performed with traditional Irish dance called Riverdance. There is also Sean Gavin on the wooden flute and his melodies add a slight flowery feel to the band’s music. Brian Ohairt is the singer in the group. He has an excellent command of Gaelic language and adds strong authenticity to the group.
Live At Martyrs
If you’re new to Gan Bua’s music you should buy the CD Live at Martyrs, which was a special concert that they recorded at Martyrs club in Chicago. This recorded concert captured the essence of what traditional Irish music was all about in decades past and since all of the members grew up hearing traditional Celtic music, they seek to maintain this legacy and they succeeded with this CD.
Gan Bua Is Example of Irish Music Preservation Throughout Irish Diaspora
The United States received a huge bulk of Irish immigrants beginning in the 19th century and this led to the building of a distinct Irish American culture away from their home country. Groups like Gan Bua show that traditional Irish music forms do not have to die out when people leave Ireland. Based on the fact that most of the band members were influenced by their relatives who stuck to the traditional music forms, Gan Bua represents a new generation of Irish Americans who are playing traditional rhythms but who are also adding a 21st century taste to the music.
Gan Bua Is A Refreshing Alternative to U2
We all know about the famous Irish band U2 and while they still remain an innovative band that comes out of Ireland, it’s refreshing to hear of an Irish influenced band that has not left its’ traditional roots and can combine elements of rock with the folksy nature of Celtic sounds. This is one of the main reasons why so many Irish music lovers are turned on to Gan Bua. This band does a great job of blending the traditional with the traditional.
How Gan Bua Is Perceived By Critics
So far Gan Bua has received postive acclaim from critics. Irish Music Magazine states that this band is one of the best traditional bands in America while All Music Guide says that the energy from the group is controlled yet still thrilling. Dirty Linen stated that Gan Bua has researched this kind of music well and that they can pull of time honored traditions while giving the music a contemporary edge.
Down The Green Fields
Another great CD to listen to from Bua is Down The Green Fields which was released in 2011. This CD pleasantly screams all things traditional about Irish music with the melodious harmony of flutes, violins, whistles and voices that sing in Celtic language. The aspect of this CD that makes it so great is the fact that Bua doesn’t just play every song in upbeat rhythm but instead they give listeners a slow pace of sound that allows them to savor and appreciate the music.
How You Can Find Out Where Bua is Performing
You can go directly to Bua’s website to find out where the group is performing next. Another way to find out where Bua will perform in your city is to do a keyword search of “Irish music festival 2014” to see if the band will perform in a city close to where you live. If you listen to a radio station whose specialty is folk or Irish music, they might announce Bua’s latest tour dates
Bua Brings An Earthy Sound
One of the best things about Bua is that this band sports an unpolished style that is distinctive of the traditional Irish band. When you listen to Bua play you’re getting a raw yet slightly contemporary sound that is in keeping with Irish tradition. With Bua you get transported back to the earliest centuries in Ireland when families used music for their happiest and saddest occasions. Their sound also reminds you of a nice night at the local Irish pub.
American Folk Band With Irish Heart
The arrival of Bua marks an important connection between traditional Irish music and the folk music of America. American folk music has some Irish and Scottish roots and those roots make American folk music what it is today. Bua is a group based in Chicago but if you hear them perform live or on their CDs, you would assume that they are natives of Ireland. Bua’s success is testament to the legacy of Irish immigrants in America over the past few decades.
Bua is not your standard folk group. This group is dedicated passionately to the preservation of traditional Irish music and they do a good job of it. There has been a resurgence of interest in Irish folk music in recent years thanks to dance troupes such as Riverdance and Bua delivers on its’ promise to present an authentic portrait of Irish culture through music. Their sound is unpretentious, raw and filled with zeal for what they do. Based on the critical acclaim Bua received, they will be around for years to come, and this is good news for all who love high quality music.