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 presents it in its raw form – fresh and beautiful…
…Or as one reviewer put it, “Réalta carry on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames!”
Having toured Germany, Switzerland and Greece alongside traditional music legends Altan, and won the prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Award’ at Celtic Connections Festival, these young musicians have firmly established themselves on the international Irish music scene. Their music has taken them throughout Europe and on to New York, India and South Korea. Grab your dancing shoes and find out why as they perform a stirring mix of tunes on uilleann pipes, whistles, flute, guitar, piano, double bass, bouzouki, banjo and bodhrán.
Réalta are now touring to promote the release of their second album Clear Skies (2016)
Uilleann Pipes – Whistles – Piano
Conor began learning whistle with the Glenavy based flute player Brendan Mulholland. At the age of thirteen he took up the uilleann pipes after hearing Liam O’Flynn at the Lorient Festival Interceltique. He studied in Belfast with influential pipers such as Tom Clarke and Paddy O’Hare, and in recent years has toured throughout Europe and America as a member of Craobh Rua and Avalon Celtic Dances.
Uilleann Pipes – Whistles – Flute
Aaron was first introduced to Irish traditional music by his grandfather. He learned whistle and flute with Brendan Mulholland and attended uilleann pipe classes with Paddy O’Hare. Aaron has toured throughout Europe and America as a member of Craobh Rua and is also a much sought after reed and pipe maker – more information can be found on his website www.aaronohagan.com
Guitar – Vocals – Piano
Deirdre grew up in a classical musical environment, studying and competing on piano and clarinet. After successfully achieving Grade 8 in her classical music exams she decided to branch out and began experimenting with jazz, rock and Irish traditional music. Accompanying on DADGAD guitar and researching old songs, Irish music is now her passion. Deirdre has toured throughout Europe with The Gráinne Holland Band and Avalon Celtic Dances and is also studying for a BA in Irish language and literature.
Bouzouki – Double Bass – Vocals – Banjo
Performing on bouzouki, double bass and vocals (and even banjo occasionally!), Dermot Mulholland has rightfully earned his reputation as one of the finest traditional musicians and singers on the scene today. Winner of several All-Ireland titles and founding member of the BBC Folk Award winning band Ioscaid, Dermot now completes the Réalta line-up with his unique performance style (and wit!). When not performing with Réalta, Dermot can be found moonlighting across the world with Celtic Legends, or back in reality in Carntogher, Maghera as Technician and Booking Coordinator at An Carn/An Coire.
Bodhrán – Percussion
All Ireland Bodhrán champion Dermot Moynagh is the latest edition to the Réalta lineup. Having honed his skills performing with the eclectic Emerald Armada, Dermot can truly be described as a master of his craft. His intricate and exciting style of bodhrán playing provides the perfect complement to the Réalta sound.