Formed in May 2017, Buí is a collaborative musical project based around the music of singer songwriter Josh Healy. After being joined by permanent members Eoin Johnson, Adam Sloan and Ronan McQuillan, Healy quickly set about recording what would become Buí’s de- but album, Eugene. Taking place at Earth Music Studios in Belfast, these sessions a total of 14 musicians from the local rock, electronic, folk, and traditional scenes, as well as collaboratorsfrom further a eld. Buí’s permanent line-up waslater completed with the addition of drummer Amy Nolan.
Eugene was preceded by debut single ‘People Don’t Think’ in July 2017. On release, this synth-led indie rock track received airplay locally and as far away as New York, and were described by BBC Radio Ulster DJ and former Oppenheimer guitar Rocky O’Reilly as “endear- ingly wonky”. People Don’t Think has remained something of a calling card for the band, as demonstrated by the fact that it was recently featured in The Unsigned Guide’s June Spot- light blog and newsletter, which was distributed to over 20,000 readers, saying “this lo- ear- worm is a lovely introduction to Buí’s music. It is a song wastes no time with introductions, ex- ploding to life with crunchy guitars, an infectious bit-crushed synth line and then a just-as-infectious double-tracked vocal”.
Eugene was eventually released in No- vember 2017, comprising an eclectic range of musical styles which are all thematically related in their earnest and open portrayal of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction and isolation. Golden Plec’s Veroni- ca Meehan remarked of this fact that ‘Despite their vastly different styles, tracks sit comfort- ably next to each other across the album. The acoustic folk of Golden & Navy leads into the frantic upbeat electronica rock of When The Fun Stops’. The music blogger, Remy, echoes this sentiment by saying “all of the moods expressed throughout share a space with each other here, the calm, the chaos and the con- trary”.
Some of Buí’s achievements in 2018 include the release of their most recent single When The Fun Stops in March, along with a version of the track as Gaelige. Together these were met with drive time radio airplay on RTE and Flirt Fm. 2018 has also seen the release
of video sessions with Balcony TV, both full band and acoustic shows in Derry, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. Most recently, on the 8th of June Buí headlined a sold out showin Belfast’ Sun ower Bar with a special expand- ed line-up, including strings and brass. In July, the band will undertake an Irish tour, including Galway Fringe Festival and Whelan’s Summer Watch in Dublin. Plans are also underway forDutch and Scottish dates later in the year.