Doma Beo comes to life

North Longford teenagers Liam Doherty (15), Laura Doherty (15) and Maria Matthews (16) have come together to form Doma Beo, a traditional and modern Irish music band.

North Longford teenagers Liam Doherty (15), Laura Doherty (15) and Maria Matthews (16) have come together to form Doma Beo, a traditional and modern Irish music band.

On Sunday August 5, the trio will launch their first CD, Doma Beo, at the Bent Elbow, Drumlish at 8.30pm. The event, which forms part of The Patsy Farrell Festival, will include such noted guests as Noel Sweeney and Martin Donohoe. All are welcome to attend.

Former members of the well-loved band Ríl Óg, Liam, Laura and Maria have played music together since childhood. All three also attend Moyne Community School.

“Together they play traditional Irish music with some bluegrass thrown in,” said a source close to the trio. “It is for all tastes – both young and old.”

Influenced by Beoga, a Northern Irish traditional music band, Doma Beo have strong ambitions for the future.

“They just love what they do and yes, they would one day love to be professional musicians. Even now, during the summer holidays, they are continually on the road,” said the spokesperson.

She added: “There are 11 tracks on the CD, one of which was written by Maria.”

Asked where the name Doma Beo came from, the spokesperson said: “Beo means live, and Doma is the first two letters of each of their surnames; Doherty and Matthews. They just thought it had a nice ring to it.”

Focusing upon delivering a fresh style to traditional music, Doma Beo are continually writing and researching new pieces.

“They are very confident and they love the challenge of a new style. They are researching different types of music every day and rehearsing 3-4 hours every other day. They are having a lot of fun with this,” said the spokesperson.

Doma Beo recorded their first CD at the Railway Recording Studios, Belturbet, County Cavan, with Fintan McManus. The CD, which costs €10, will be available at outlets throughout the county. It can also be purchased by emailing: domabeo@gmail.com.

The north Longford band will also play Keogh’s Pub, Longford on Friday, August 3 next. During the Cavan Fleadh Cheoil (August 10-20), they will play support to The Raw Bar Collective at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Wednesday August 15.