Four-piece trad group Mórga are playing in Matt Molloy’s, Westport, on February 12, as part of their nationwide spring tour.
Comprised of David Munnelly on accordion, Domnic Keogh on bodhrán, Danny Diamond on fiddle, and Jonas Fromseier on banjo and bouzouki, Mórga are renowned for playing high-energy, ‘souped-up’ Irish traditional music, they were all inspired by the great bands of the 1970s.
Belmullet man David Munnelly’s prowess on the accordion has become famous, and he is known for his colourful style which includes bold bass fingerings, complex arrangements and modern compositions and a masterful knack for letting a tune take its own time. He has recorded and toured with some of the greatest Irish bands and musicians, including The Chieftains, De Danann, Gerry O’Connor, Arty McGlynn and Sharon Shannon.
Dominic Keogh, who hails from Kilmovee, is a founding member of Mórga, which has been playing music since 2008. Dublin fiddle player Danny Diamond has also been with the group from the start. His fiddle playing is soulful and technically precisce, and his command of classical technique combines with immersion in the Irish tradition to create a sound all his own. Originally from Denmark, Jonas Fromseier took up the banjo in his teens. He has also performed with Irish music and dance show Celtic Crossroads, touring extensively in the US and playing hundreds of gigs for massive crowds.
Mórga’s eponymous debut CD, released in 2008, was hailed by critics as ‘powerful, compelling, and full of life’ (Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine) and a ‘sizzling’ and ‘impressive debut with limitless spark in its fuse box’ (Siobhán Long, The Irish Times). The band toured extensively after its release, and took a break in 2011 to recover. Now, they’re fully recharged and ready to take their audiences by storm.