Irish folk supergroup Breaking Trad breathe new life into traditional music

TRADITIONALLY MODERN: With bodhran in hand, Gino Lupari joins Breaking Trad - Niall Murphy, Dional Murphy and Mike Galvin - for their Australian tour which stops in Beechworth on January 14.
TRADITIONALLY MODERN: With bodhran in hand, Gino Lupari joins Breaking Trad - Niall Murphy, Dional Murphy and Mike Galvin - for their Australian tour which stops in Beechworth on January 14.

Their music has been described as dazzling, unorthodox, unique and high octane.

Powerhouse Irish three piece Breaking Trad are on a 12-venue east coast tour of Australia with renowned singer and bodhran player Gino Lupari.

Made up of Dónal Murphy (accordion), Niall Murphy (fiddle) and Mike Galvin (guitar-vocals) – Breaking Trad opened their tour at the famous Woodford Folk Festival over the new year weekend and will hit Beechworth’s Hotel Nicholas on Saturday, January 14.

The Irish music super group have revived the genre with their modern approach to the traditional music, winning a legion of new fans across the globe along the way.

Lupari and Donal Murphy first performed together back in the early 1990s with Irish band Four Men and a Dog, and still tours with them.

He is one of the most recognizable Bodhran players in the world, and is in constant demand as a session musician.

Lupari has played on recordings by Sinead O'Connor, Shane Mcgowan, Natalie Imbruglia and legendary US roots rock outfit The band.

Dónal Murphy is a winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon while namesake Niall Murphy has won multiple awards including All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition, Fiddler Of Dooney and Fiddler of Oriel.

Niall Murphy became an internet sensation with several viral videos of his playing receiving more than one million online hits and as well as performing with Breaking Trad, Murphy is a member of Cara Dillon’s band, The Roots Revival, Doolin, The Bow Brothers and The Finnegan McSherry Project.

Guitarist-vocalist Galvin has vast experience working in a wide range of musical styles from Rock and Roll to Irish Traditional. His unorthodox playing enables him to replicate a guitar, bass guitar and snare drum sound all at once. 

Between them, they have toured extensively around the world, performing at major festivals and music venues and sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in several different music genres including Irish dance star Michael Flatley, Bluegrass guitarist/singer Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss and Union Station), country legend Randy Travis and more.

The audience should expect the urge to get up and dance with Breaking Trad’s take on traditional Irish music. The band will also throw in some iconic Irish sing-a-long songs, and promise “bags and bags of fun”.

The Lowdown

What: Breaking Trad

When: January 14, Hotel Nicholas, 8.30pm

Tickets: $30