TRÚ with special screening 'Daytrip (In Memory of Mary Butters)'
Fri 19th May, 7:30pm
Crescent Arts Centre
The trú was a mythological trio of poet-musicians who were revered throughout the Celtic world. Some believed their songs and stories came to them from the future while others maintained that the trú were possessed by spirits during performance. As such, they were considered gatekeepers to the Otherworld.
It's here where trio TRÚ draw their inspiration. Michael Mormecha (percussion/vox), Zachary Trouton (guitars/vox) and Dónal Kearney (flute/vox) come from different musical backgrounds.
As such, the three emerged from distinct cultural identities as children of the Peace Agreement in post-conflict Northern Ireland. From their British-Ukrainian, Ulster-Scots and Irish families, they have inherited an unusual and fruitful cultural ethos based on respect and exploration. Despite their individuality and an eclectic repertoire of influences (from Clannad to Nine Inch Nails via Joni Mitchell and The Beatles), the trio's collective chemistry is enchanting audiences with powerful storytelling and noteworthy songcraft.
Following on from 2020's critically acclaimed 'No Fixed Abode' (MOJO Top 10 Folk Albums, NI Music Prize nominee), their new record, 'Eternity Near', fuses the love poetry of Robert Burns with epic sean-nós songs and mixes medieval murder ballads with hints of country and Americana.
These are stories told with a contemporary voice. There is nothing traditional about TRÚ except the songs themselves.