Athrú are a new, vibrant, award winning, contemporary Irish Trad group that draw upon influences from Belfast and beyond to deliver music that is a combination of powerful accompaniment fused with modern tunes and delicate harmonies that is dynamic, energetic and fresh. The band originated through sessions in Belfast in 2014, and despite their short time together have won Derry's "An Re Nua 2014" Competition, and have recorded their début EP album to be released in the summer of 2015. Through several competitions and festival appearances such as “Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann”, "Pan Celtic Festival", "Club Sásta", and supporting the likes of Trad super-groups: MOXIE, KAN, Goitse, Buille and the Máirtín O'Connor Trio; they have begun to build a strong following with their great sets and infectious onstage character.
The band includes Belfast musicians Niall McIlroy (whistles/flutes/guitar), Cormac Crummey (guitar/fiddle/banjo), Brendan Loughran (concertina). Conor Broderick from Galway (piano/rhodes), and Kevin Meehan from Dublin (bodhran/whistles).