Cruachan were founded in 1992, with a love of Celtic music, history and mythology, they sought to incorporate this into their music and lyrics, on a scale that had never been done before. With a line-up playing a variety of Irish traditional and conventional metal instruments they released the “Celtica” demo in 1994, in this year they signed with “Nazguls Eyrie Productions” from Germany and released their début album “Tuatha na Gael” in early 1995. The album suffered from poor sound and production as the band were new to studio recording. Regardless, the album became by far the number one seller for the label despite selling out quickly in the few shops it was available in, not being replaced and not being promoted. As a result a lot of people who read the excellent reviews could not get their hands on it. Cruachan went into studio again in early 97’ and recorded a four-song promo with a new female folk singer (Aisling). The new material was a lot more heavy rock orientated. The promo was for record labels only.
Folklore, Cruachan’s third album was released in 2002 to huge acclaim. It was recorded by and features vocals by the legendary Shane Mc Gowan of the Pogues. The single “Ride On” reached number 40 in the Irish charts. With this album Cruachan toured Europe and headlined festivals in both Germany and Norway.
In 2010 vocalist Karen Gilligan left the band and they decided not to replace her and return to their roots and create extreme folk metal music. They recorded a 3 song demo which was only sent to a select few people.
The Folk in Cruachan (2020)
A Real Treat (2017)
Celtica (Demo 1994)
Tuatha na Gael (1995)
Promo ’97 (Demo 1997)
The Middle Kingdom (2000)
Ride On (Single 2001)
A Celtic Trilogy (Boxed set 2002)
The Very Wild Rover (Single 2006)
The Morrigan’s Call (2006)
A Celtic Legacy (Compilation 2007)
Blood on the Black Robe (2011)
Blood for the Blood God (2014)
Nine Years of Blood (2018)
The Living and the Dead (2023)