Since issuing their superb Songs of The Hollow album in 2017, CUA have gone on to become a band that has gathered in more praise than most from all the best sections of the media.
Awarding the album an 8/10 rating at AmericanaUK, top writer Jeremy Searle said: “This Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk and even that description sells it a little short.”
Issuing a similar judgement, Acoustic magazine had this to say: “At its finest, music should confound and amaze the listener, and this trio from Ireland have the luck – and the ability – to be one of those outfits who can pull this off.”
Folkwords chipped in: “Unlike anything else.”
There were many who could not wait to catch the band in action when they embarked on their first major UK tour. They caused a sensation when they attracted a capacity crowd to their Celtic Connections debut in Glasgow. It was the first show on the programme to become a sold-out event.
Their follow-up release, In Flight Off The Islands took them to even greater heights, Americana UK this time dishing out a rarely-achieved 9/10 rating. It was “genre defying acoustic music that deserves a wide audience,” they said.
Over at RNR magazine, reviewer Oz Hardwick called it “a gripping spiritual/Irish trad crossover which also hints at classical precision in its guitar, fiddle and bouzouki ensemble playing.”
We need people like John Davidson, Shane Booth and Ros O’Meara in our lives. Their music grabs you by the scruff if the neck and demands attention.
The subject matter is powerful and the instrumental delivery and onstage performance is equally impressive as playing as good as it gets combines with three-part vocal harmonies to create a world music folk styling broadly described as Atlantean – a neo-classical approach that energises the music and rhythm structures, inspired they say, by the history, landscape and peoples of the Atlantic areas.
The word-of-mouth buzz shows no signs of fading!