Belfast, County Antrim
TRÚ is a folk trio from Northern Ireland. Inspired by the Ulster song tradition, TRÚ creates music drawing on an eclectic musical heritage. From Gaelic sean nós to Appallachian ballads to Scots poetry, the band’s song selection relies on the melodic and lyrical calibre of songs that stand the test of time.
TRÚ is Dónal Kearney, Zach Trouton and Michael Mormeca, all seasoned artists in their own right, all with distinct backgrounds; Irish nationalist, Ulster-Scots, and British-Ukrainian. Their different upbringings only enhance the trio’s musical conversation as they are united by a passionate appreciation of the folk material they perform. Their mesmerising live show has exposed TRÚ’s vulnerability in performance, the craft of their arrangements and the sheer power of their storytelling. There is nothing traditional about TRÚ except the songs themselves.
No Fixed Abode (2020) is TRÚ’s début album, a blend of traditional songs from Ireland and Britain with original works based on folklore both local and not-so-local. The band is the product of a troubled time in Ulster’s long-running saga. While Brexit rages and flags flutter delicately along the border, TRÚ's message tells of a self-aware Northern Ireland. This is folk music for 21st century Ulster. It acknowledges a sensitive history while refusing the troubled legacy of received identities. For TRÚ, tradition is a creative process, not a limiting one. In these times of cultural uncertainty, their sound is extraordinary, open and defiant.
"Stunning!" - Sam Lee, Mercury Award nominee & BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner
"A treat and a pleasure. Absolutely amazing!" - Moya Brennan, Clannad
"Great vibe. And a fantastic original song." - Odhrán Mullan, Real World Records
"They're great" - Moving On Music
"Brilliant... TRÚ are hammering it out there. Loving it." - Daoirí Farrell, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner
Very, very beautiful. Great song, great performance and great production" - Carl Corcoran, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance (former Presenter, RTÉ Lyric FM)
"Amazing! I love their soulful contemporary arrangements of traditional songs; how they allow the vocals to shine through in order for the audience to feel the power of the voice. They really haven't disappointed!" - Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster
"Powerful and moving" - Tommy Sands, songwriter
"Ceol íontach"- Dónall Mac Ruairi, BBC Raidió na Gaeltachta
"Love it!" - John Toal, BBC Northern Ireland
"Stunning!" - Liz Clark, Celtic Connections (DKOS)
"Fantastic!" - Celtic Music Radio 95FM
"Your sparse approach is excellent, fresh and new." - James Dumbleton, Folk musician & Morris dancer
"An eclectic mix of styles - are TRÚ saving folk music?" - Tradconnect.com