Hyper[borea] (lit. "Those who dwell beyond the North Wind") was formed in Ireland in 1993 as a reaction to the lack of homegrown electronic music, and has become a springboard for the fusion of dance, tribal & traditional elements in Irish music. Early recordings were mutations of ancient Gaelic melody & song, fused with grooves & textures while still maintaining the Celtic core.
David Bickley programs and develops the sampling and synthetics. He has also produced numerous videos for Hyper[borea] and other electronica/ world music outfits.
Una O'Boyle is a stunning vocalist who combines her scholarship of the Irish language with a talent for writing lyrics and melodies.
Tony Quinn, all Ireland bodhrán champion plays treated percussion and Tom Green (The Orb, Another Fine Day) plays synthesisers and produces.
Hyper[borea] were voted best dance act in the Irish music magazine "Hot Press" Readers' Poll, and won the coveted Dance Act and Album of the Year awards in the Hot Press Heineken Awards in Belfast
The album Serpentine scored 11/12 on the Hot Press dice: "... haunting, evocative Gaelic vocals and musical contributions from the likes of such notables as Maire Breatnach over modern, state-of-the-art dance - grooves... jiving at the crossroads where traditional meets tribal... the most beautiful and unique' record I've heard in a long, long time..."
The video for the jungle mix of Dulaman sat at No. 1 in the Irish video chart for 3 weeks.
The mini-LP Mystura received 11/12 on the Hot Press dice they enthused: "...further confirms their status as one of the most interesting of our home-grown electronic acts. Blending traditional Celtic airs and rhythms with weird sounds and futuristic break-beats, much of Mystura sounds like the kind of music that'll be played at an Irish wake a hundred years from now."