megaTRAD is comprised of 2 brothers from the musical O’Dálaigh family and Denis McAuliffe, a local legend on the mandolin to the regions of West
Clare. The brothers Cillian and Seán come from East Clare, and have grown up steeped in the rich culture of Irish Music, Song and Dance surrounded by the
rest of the O’Dálaigh Clan. Cillian and Denis both studied in UL together, and a short few years later Seán was to follow his older brother’s footsteps in joining the same course, making them all graduates of University of Limerick’s renowned BA Irish Music and Dance.
The concept for megaTRAD came about when the gang, asked to provide entertainment for what has now become their stomping ground in Limerick;
The Glen Tavern, decided to try something new, and so brought whatever pedals and stompbox/beat’n’bass machines they had lying around. What happened next was even unexpected to them, since no rehearsals had been set beforehand. Just pure feel. And that is what megaTRAD is about: Improvisation around
concepts, playing while listening instead of to an arrangement sheet, and tailoring each performance to the occasion at hand. So, every performance of
megaTRAD will be completely unique and never to be heard in that particular arrangement again, guaranteeing each audience authenticity and a
once in a lifetime experience of immersive, contemporary, rich and lively Irish Traditional Music of the 21st Century.
In 2020 megaTRAD won best performance at Temple Bar Trad Fest’s “Live at the Hub” securing a slot at Milwaukee Irish Fest for August 2020. They
have also played at festivals such as Electric Picnic, All Together Now, The All Ireland Fleadh, Bloom Festival, and Shannonside Folk Festival.
megaTRAD are currently working on their debut album.