Ril Óg take centre stage in Leo’s Bar

Fresh from the launch of their CD ‘Off Da Wall’, Ril Og will take centre stage at Leo’s Bar in Drumlish on Sunday night next.

Fresh from the launch of their CD ‘Off Da Wall’, Ril Og will take centre stage at Leo’s Bar in Drumlish on Sunday night next.

The six young musicians will play a variety of sounds from their debut album including: Lizzy in the Low Ground, Green Fields of Rossbeigh, and the Ballydesmond Polka.

‘Off Da Wall’ features 14 tracks compiled by the six band members; Liam Doherty (14), Hannah McEntee (13), Cillian Hourican (14), Emmett Lynch (16), Maria Matthews (15) and Laura Doherty (11).

A trad band with a twist, Ril Og has gone from strength to strength with the band making it to the final 16 of the All Ireland Talent Show in 2009. During last year’s Fleadh in Cavan, the band won the busking section

So how did Ríl Og come about and what is it about theseyoung musicians that has helped them to achieve somuch success on the domesticmusic front at such an early age?

“Really, it was through the Community Games a couple of years ago that we all got together and decided to form Ríl Og,” explained Maria Matthews, adding that they also received “great encouragement” from their music teacher Padraig Lynch.

“One of the big highlights for us as a band was our participation in the 2009 All Ireland Talent Show,” said Maria.

“We went to a screening in Galway and were selected to go forward to the heats in Dublin, so we made it to the last 16 in the competition and were delighted with that.”

Ril Og are available for performances at weddings and will be playing at two weddings in the near future. They will also be performing at the Boyle Arts Festival in July.

Their CD “Off Da Wall” is available in Dennistons of Longford, Information Providers (website), Gala in Ballinamuck, Corrigans in Legga, Moyne Cross Doors and Lynch’s in Arva. For further information about the band, please contact: rilogmusic@yahoo.ie.