Midlands-based band Ruaile Buaile, known for their unique take on traditional Irish music, has finally released their own version of the classic tune ‘The Bog’ (The Rattlin’ Bog) on all music platforms. The band, which describes itself as a “twisted trad band,” has put their signature spin on the old classic, infusing it with high energy and rooted in tenor banjo and fiddle. With their unmistakable vocals, Ruaile Buaile’s version of ‘The Bog’ is sure to get crowds moving and singing along.
Formed in 2011, Ruaile Buaile has been entertaining audiences with their unique sound, which ranges from upbeat old Irish favourites to ground-thumping trad, and even includes unique twists on recent day classics. The band has been bringing their rousing shows around the country and has stormed the last three Electric Picnics. Their popularity has only grown with time, and in 2021, renowned musician Cathal Guinan on fiddle joined the band, followed by Sean Bourke on banjo this year, making the quintet’s sound bigger than ever before.
According to Shane Lynam, one of the original members of the band, Ruaile Buaile’s rural themes strike a chord with many. “A good portion of our audiences come from rural areas and definitely identify with rural themes in our music,” he said. “People are very supportive of us, and we are extremely grateful. We try to cater for all ages and areas in some way.” The band members themselves have roots in rural Ireland, with some having grown up next door to farms and spending summers on the bog.
Collectively, the band’s main influences are in Irish traditional music and Irish folk/ballad styles. Individually, they have a variety of influences, from bluegrass to country, rock to reggae. This diversity is reflected in their music, which is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary sounds.
After great success with their version of ‘Maniac 2000’, Ruaile Buaile’s version of ‘The Bog’ looks poised to follow in its footsteps. The music video for ‘The Bog’ has been released on the band’s YouTube channel and all social media channels. Shot by Mark Bennett from Mullingar, under the watchful eye of Mick Bracken, also from Mullingar, the video showcases the scenery of the band’s beloved base of Co. Offaly. The video features Michael Buckley’s acting, with cameos from the five members of the group. The track was recorded and mixed by Joe Egan in Nutshed Studios, Clara.
With a busy few months ahead, Ruaile Buaile has lots of gigs scheduled around the country. The band’s unique sound and high-energy performances are sure to continue attracting fans from all corners of Ireland and beyond.