John Davidson, Shane Booth & Ros O'Meara bring together dynamic and contrasting instrumentation and vocal arrangements. The group have an expansive acoustic soundtrack blending guitars, fiddle, bouzouki, percussion and 3 part harmony arrangements to create a world music folk styling that the group call Atlantean. Soaring melody lines, dirgy, intense a capella vocals and complex rhythmic structures will have the blood pumping through even the coldest of auditoriums. The cua live experience has been compared to the melodic intricacies of Planxty combined with the harmony skills of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
cua truly pride themselves on their diversity, with subtle nods to many genres, whilst keeping a folk, world, roots and traditional line throughout. All members are multi-instrumentalists and are inspired by many aspects of the musical spectrum including roots, blues, gospel, jazz fusion, traditional, neo-classical, bluegrass and more. Their approach to music is inspired by the history, landscape and peoples of the Atlantic areas.
cua have been recognised on a european and national level following their first two successful studio releases. Their new 15 track album, Songs of the Hollow, truly captures their distinctive sound and energy and is currently receiving critical acclaim. cua are receiving national and local radio airplay in Scotland, England, Ireland, America, France, Holland, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany. The group are recipients of a creative Ireland grant and have shared the bill with Andy Irvine, The Furey's, Hazel O'Connor to name but a few.
So I've stopped wondering and now simply enjoy Songs of the Hollow, an album of variety and of voices, of echoes and of influences, and of emotions and passions. - Richard Hollingum, folk radio UK
...harks back to the peak of traditional folk with a slightly blues-rock edge, a more energised version of Pentangle meeting Free's Fire and Water, and of course developing into a gripping contemporary Irish trad mould - Remy, thebestofmusicandfilm.blogspot