Beoga – ‘Before We Change Our Mind’ | Album Review

Beoga – ‘Before We Change Our Mind’ | Album Review

By Neryse Coleman

Having reached Number 2 in the iTunes album chart in June, Beoga are at the top of their game with latest album Before We Change Our Mind. This release showcases their zesty, Irish traditional sound with plenty of pulsing, toe tapping, instrumental reels. The songs freely build, verse by verse, to reach that fast-paced, crescendoing high that people travel thousands of miles to hear, and feel, for themselves.

The five-piece put an edgy and atmospheric stamp on these original compositions; second track ‘Eochaid’ has a chilling air and just over halfway into the album, ‘The Convict’ is a startling accordion-led piece with an ethereal piano solo.

It wouldn’t be an Irish album without some storytelling and the band include a few well-placed covers, such as the jaunting ‘The Bonny Ship’, ‘The Diamond’, a nostalgic take on ‘Farewell to Carlingford’ and a forlorn, a cappella version of ‘Wexford Town’. All are sung by the female vocalist/violinist in the ‘vivid’ way which is the meaning of Beoga. I won’t change my mind – a perfect album for a glass of the black stuff with friends.

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