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Friday 23 March 2018

Beoga's bodhrán player sounds like he had the best night ever after Glasonbury headline set with Ed Sheeran

Beoga, kilkennytradfest.com
Beoga, kilkennytradfest.com
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish trad band Beoga took to the stage with Ed Sheeran for part of his headline Glastonbury set on Sunday night.

And it seems they made the most of their few days at the Somerset festival as bodhrán player Eamon Murray admitted he was 'dying' during a phone interview with Al Porter on Today FM on Monday when Porter commented on how tired he sounded.

"We took a couple of days over there," said Eamon, "We took a good run at it and made pigs of ourselves for the couple of days."

The band joined Ed for his hit Galway Girl, which they co-wrote, and Nancy Mulligan, which he wrote for his grandmother.

"His grandfather was there - it was a good buzz.  He was loving it," said Eamon.

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Eamon Murray of Beoga. PIC: Beogamusic.com

Sheeran and Beoga played to a crowd of between 90,000 and 100,000 as Sheeran closed the five day music festival with a rousing set.

"He's doing it his way and he's given us a bit of a jump up so fair play.  It's all good.  We're delighted," added Eamon.

"For sure it's the biggest thing we've ever done, by a country mile.  It's a long way from playing to 15 people in Dingle or 24 people in Mullingar.  80 or 90,000 people in Glastonbury is alright!"

Eamon was pretty unfazed by the fact that Victoria and David Beckham were side stage during their performance.

"It's only people," he said.  "Everybody has an arse, Al!  It's all good.  We just took it all in our stride."

He also revealed the band will release new music in September.  They are currently writing an album with Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol and Foy Vance.

Listen to the full interview at TodayFM.com

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