Goitse has toured internationally and recorded five albums since the bandmates met at the prestigious University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Named Live Ireland Radio’s “Traditional Group of the Year,” Chicago Irish American News’ “Group of the Year,” as well as winning the prestigious “Freiburger International Leiter 2016” award in Germany, Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles.
Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad, which make each performance unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. Tadhg Ó Meachair plays piano and Alan Reid moves between banjo, bouzouki, mandolin and oud, while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into a song the way few performers can. All the musicians have won acclaim for their outstanding musical talents that contribute to making Goitse one of the world’s most exciting ensembles.
“Music that’s brimming with energy and creative zeal.” Irish Music Magazine
“Holy smokes! I thought the whole bunch of us was going to jump out of our seats when Goitse played our Showcase at the World Music Centre at the University of Limerick.”– Ed Ward, Executive Director & Founder, Milwaukee Irish Festival
“This act is now so polished and professional it is no wonder that they are one of the most popular acts on the international festival circuit…” – Irish American News, Chicago