The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 12 January 2013 is Réalta’s debut album ‘Open The Door For Three’.
Liz Clark reviews the Belfast band’s album prior to their gig at Celtic Connections 2013 on Saturday 19 January at The Mitchell Theatre, Granville Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow supporting The Shetland Bus plus at Adelaide’s, 209 Bath Street, Glasgow, Celtic Music Radio session on Friday afternoon.
Réalta take 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 gently infuses them with elements from other musical genre.
Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán this multi-instrumentalist group present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. A youthful curiosity is evident in the musical arrangement and is paired with a strict attention to detail in its execution.
Between them, they have played with a variety of established bands and at the Girvan and Moniaive Folk Festival here in Scotland.
Now, having toured in Germany and Switzerland alongside Altan in 2011 and won the prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Open Stage’ at Celtic Connections 2012, Réalta have firmly established themselves on the Irish music scene.
As a live band, Réalta delight audiences with the enthusiasm, energy and passion they bring to their music.
Réalta’s debut album ‘Open The Door For Three’ was released in September 2012.
Album of the Week, Saturday 12 January at 12noon and 12midnight and Monday 14 January at 6.00pm and Catch Up anytime.