|Saturday 16 April 2022 @ 09:00pm : -
cua are a trio of musicians/vocalists creating music inspired by world, folk, traditional, bluegrass and more.
John Davidson, Shane Booth & Ros O'Meara bring together dynamic and contrasting instrumentation and vocal arrangements. The group have an expansive acoustic soundtrack blending guitars, fiddle, bouzouki, percussion and 3 part harmony arrangements to create a world music folk styling that the group call Atlantean. Soaring melody lines, dirgy, intense a capella vocals and complex rhythmic structures will have the blood pumping through even the coldest of auditoriums. The cua live experience has been compared to the melodic intricacies of Planxty combined with the harmony skills of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
In the last couple of years cua have played 3 UK tours, two sold out shows at Celtic Connections, released two 15-track albums and most recently closed out Seán Rocks' Arena outside broadcast live from Dublin Castle and last week a sold out show at The Pepper Canister Church as part of Templebar Tradfest.
cua truly pride themselves on their diversity, with subtle nods to many genres, whilst keeping a folk, world, roots and traditional line throughout. All members are multi-instrumentalists and are inspired by many aspects of the musical spectrum including roots, blues, gospel, jazz fusion, traditional, bluegrass and more. Their approach to music is inspired by the history, landscape and peoples of the Atlantic areas.
cua have been recognised on a european and national level following their first two successful studio releases and are receiving national and local radio airplay in Scotland, England, Ireland, America, France, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and the US. The group have shared the bill with Andy Irvine, The Furey’s, Hazel O’Connor, Paddy Casey and The 4 Of Us to name but a few.
“An unclassifiable band that weave together different musics into something that is their own, crackling with life, energy and spark.” ~ Marc Higgins, Fatea Records
"Catch them when you can" ~ Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio
"We’ve run music in Kirkcaldy for nearly 30 years and this is one of the finest bands we’ve heard... They envelope you in a wave of harmony and powerful voices and instruments... We’ve got club members reeling at their magnificence! Do not miss this gig." ~ Fiona Forbes, Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club
"The more you listen the more you hear, the more you hear the more you want to listen. The roots of this music spread wide, anchoring cua like a colossal tree giving them a strength a rigor and a real presence. Coastal Music looks to the horizon and is music without borders, traditional folk, jazz, classical music American, Roots music whatever it is, it is a vital music." ~ Marc Higgins, Northern Sky Magazine
"... a gripping spiritual / Irish trad crossover, which also hints at classical precision in it's guitar, fiddle and bouzouki ensemble playing." ~ Oz Hardwick, RNR magazine.