"youthful, energetic, stellar music, from one of Ireland's finest bands!"
- Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)
Réalta take a lively, exciting and respectful approach to Irish traditional music.
Reared on a staple diet of The Bothy Band, Planxty and other such classics, this Belfast based band captures the timeless aspects of the tradition and gently infuses them with elements from other musical genre
Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán this multi-instrumentalist group present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. A youthful curiosity is evident in the musical arrangement and is paired with a strict attention to detail in its execution.
Between them, they have played with a variety of established bands such as Craobh Rua.
Concerts include The Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington), Festival Interceltico Accidente (Asturias), Tok Trad Festival (France), Girvan and Moniaive Folk Festival (Scotland) and Le Bono Folk Festival (Brittany).
Now, having toured in Germany and Switzerland alongside Altan in 2011 and won the prestigious 'Danny Kyle Award' at Celtic Connections 2012, Réalta have firmly established themselves on the Irish music scene. Additional highlights for the band include performances at Alkmaar Irish Music Festival and Noordfolk Festival (Netherlands), Northern Meeting Piping Festival (Scotland), Randers Ugen (Denmark), Festival of the Peninsula (Newtownards), The Open House Festival (Belfast) and The William Kennedy Piping Festival (Armagh).
As a live band, Réalta delight audiences with the enthusiasm, energy and passion they bring to their music.
Réalta's debut album 'Open The Door For Three' was released in September 2012.