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Thursday 18 October 2018

The Buachaills rock Croker final

FERMOY GROUP SET TO TAKE ON THE WORLD

The Buachaills entertaining the crowd at half time during the minor final at Croke Park.
The Buachaills entertaining the crowd at half time during the minor final at Croke Park.

BILL BROWNE

WHILE Cork may not have made it to last Sunday's All- Ireland final one band of Buachaills made sure that the Rebel county was well represented at Croke Park.

Now The Buachaills, a four piece band from North Cork, are set to export their unique brand of contemporary trad music across the globe.

The very fact that the lads were chosen to play at half-time during last Sunday's minor final was no mean feat considering they only began performing together last January.

Their meteoric rise to fame started after Fermoy publican Paul McNulty asked uileann piper Aaron Piper to lead a trad session at his Cheers bar on New Year's Day.

He was joined on the day by friends Eoin Murphy and Paudie O'Brien from Castlelyons and the trio quickly became regulars at the bar. The trio then became a four-piece with the addition of Eamon Mulholland from Watergrasshill and quickly earned a reputation as a must-see act.

The Buachaills then caught the ear of Martin Furey of the High Kings who asked the lads to play support for their summer gig in Castletownroche. The lads also won a national competition on the John Murray radio show, securing a slot at this year's Castlepalooza music festival.

Speaking to The Corkman, Eoin Murphy said that the lads were "shocked" when they found out that the GAA had given them the green light to play at Croker.

"We sent them numerous messages asking for a slot, more out of hope than any great expectation," admitted Eoin.

"For a new band like us it is all about raising your profile. As opportunities go, they don't come much bigger than this. Last Sunday's gig has given us the kind of national coverage we could have only dreamt about before," he added.

Having already recorded a single with Martin Furey, the lads are hoping to cut an album and have lined up a tour of Germany in November and tours to the USA and Japan in 2013.

The Buachaills are also in talks with management companies and would welcome the chance to turn what had been a hobby into a fulltime career.

"Aaron, Eamon and I are all third-level students and Paudie works in insurance but we would give all that up in a heartbeat to become professional musicians," admitted Eoin.

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