IRISH folk band Cua will kick off the Barry Arts Festival next month with a gig at a local music venue.

The three-piece band will be performing at Cubanas on Broad Street on Friday, March 8, as part of a UK tour.

They released their first album in 2012, with touring highlights including two sold-out shows at Celtic Connections and Temple Bar Tradfest.

Mike Duggan, Barry Arts Festival organiser, said: “We are looking forward to kicking off our dates for 2024 with Irish folk band, Cua.

“With St Patrick's Day the following week, it’s a good time to tune into some Celtic world music.”

During the past decade, they’ve been played on Frank Hennessy’s Celtic heartbeat show on Radio Wales, with their music creating an extensive soundscape blending guitar, fiddle, bouzouki, percussion, and three-part harmony arrangements.

Barry is part of a thirteen-date tour for Cua, but the only date in Wales alongside five gigs in Scotland and seven in England.

He added: “As the only gig in Wales on this tour, it’s the only chance to see Cua in Wales this spring.

"We would like to thank Barry Town Council’s Vibrant Cultures Grant for sponsoring the Barry Arts Festival, which helps us put on gigs like this and bring world-class artists to Barry.”

Doors for the gig open at 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start, Tickets for the show cost £14 and are available in person from Vinyl Frontier on Holton Road, from Mike Duggan on 07561143114 or online from Ticketsource: