Ceol’s blend of music comes to Ballina

The fusion of Irish folk music with other genres was a creative exercise which began decades ago following the innovative approach of Sean O’Riada, who merged Irish songs with the classical music tradition. In the 1960s, The Chieftans and Planxty introduced a refreshing new sound to Irish music, while in the 1970s Horslips married rock music to trad.

Emerging folk band Ceol features four musicians aged in their 20s from across two provinces who will be making their Ballina debut next month, bringing a distinctive spin to the ever-evolving world of trad and folk music.

The band, formed two years ago, is a creation of country singer Nathan Carter, who saw the growing audience in Ireland for folk music performed with a modern twist.

Cathal (23, Dublin), Matthew (26, Donegal), James (25, Wexford) and Daryl (27, Kildare) take their inspiration from groups such as The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Mumford and Sons and many other great Irish and international folk artists before them.

Their close harmonies are accompanied by skilful guitar, fiddle and piano accordion playing.

Within eight weeks of joining TikTok, Ceol had amassed over one million views, making them Ireland’s fastest growing debut music artist on the platform. Particular favourites with fans on TikTok include their versions of ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, and ‘The Ferryman’ by The Dublin City Ramblers.

Their debut album ‘Ceol’ was released last month.

​Experience an electrifying night with Ceol at The Great National Hotel Ballina on Saturday, February 17. You can book online at, telephone 096-23600, or email

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