The Emerald Armada was brought to life with the soul ambition of creating music from all of lifes little inspirations. Since 2010 the Armada have foot stomped, knees up'd and even crowd surfed across the UK & Ireland

The band’s energetic live performance clearly rubs off onto the audience who jump, mosh and sing the lyrics back to the band. Between gorgeous 4 part harmonies making the hairs on your neck stand on end, the beautiful guitar solos of Tony McHugh and the always amazing Bodhran solos of Dermot Moynagh, I am left speechless.
— Chordblossom
Never has it been such a pleasure to dance amongst such an animated and colourful crowd, as The Emerald Armada’s infectious folk had the venue rocking from the first strums of an acoustic guitar to the last.
— BBC, Across The Line
Right from the beginning of their set they hit you with an intricate wall of sound, tickling your eardrums in all the right places.
— DepthOverDistance, Glasgow
They are wonderful live, all soaring harmonies and cheeky banter
— Whatstheruckus Magazine, London

The Emerald Armada was brought to life with the soul ambition of creating music from all of lifes little inspirations. The Armada was formed by lead singer Neil Allen with his friend of over 20 years and bassist Gary Lynas. The two became four with the additions of Benjamin Hamilton (Rhythm Guitar) and Dermot Moynagh bringing unique and contemporary bodhrán playing to the forefront. With a wealth of highly energetic home grown songs just waiting to take form, The Emerald Armada was born and soon made its way to a five piece. The last addition came in the form of Lead Guitarist Tony McHugh. Since 2010 the Armada has foot stomped, knees up'd and even the odd crowded surfed around the UK & Ireland. 2013 saw The Emerald Armada support acts such as Newton Faulkner, Frightened Rabbit, Villagers, Admiral Fallow, Hayseed Dixie and other top class acts. Songs such as “Everyone” featured on Channel 4s hit TV Series “London Irish” and numerous festival slots have helped the Armada share their unique brand of alt/irish folk music with the world.

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