You can find great trad music in pubs in every corner of Ireland. But you've not heard the newest trend with trad until you've heard Dabilla.

Darragh O' He'iligh of Drogheda and Oisin Dillon of Bettystown have joined talents and melded a new approach to trad sessions that push age-old music into the future.

O'He'iligh plays both whistle and uilleann pipes, Dillon fills in with strong guitar and vocals and the result has pubgoers who are used to tapping their toes, actually up out of their seats.

Their improvisation on traditional tunes and their covers of more current popular music make you just want to join in.

O'He'iligh has been a staple of community music most of his life. He plays all over the area. He teaches, he promotes Irish music on his internet radio station CEOL.FM, he is the driving force behind Drogheda's monthly "Music at the Gate," and he loves matching up other musicians to meet up for tunes, whether he is there or not. 

"I have done what I set out to do," O'He'iligh says.

"I have promoted music, musicians, and festivals. And now I am focusing on my own music as well."

Dabilla has just released their first CD. It's called Bru'. You can find more information about that and find their schedule for upcoming gigs on their Facebook page.

And you and you can hear both their music and their story here on Erin's Isle.

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