Dalriada (band)

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Dalriada live @ Ragnarök-Festival 2011 III.jpg
Dalriada at the 2011 Ragnarök Festival
Background information
Origin Hungary
Genres Folk Metal
Years active 1998–present
Labels AFM Records
Website www.dalriada.hu
Members Laura Binder
András Ficzek
István Molnár
Mátyás Németh-Szabó
Tadeusz Rieckmann
Barnabás Ungár

Dalriada is a folk metal band from Sopron, Hungary that was formed in 1998 as Echo of Dalriada, but shortened their name to Dalriada in late 2006. Their third studio album Kikelet and all subsequent albums were successful in the top ten of the official Mahasz music charts. Their Arany-album won the 2009 HangSúly Hungarian Metal Awards out of 70 contestants.[1] In 2012, the band toured through Europe with Arkona and Darkest Era.[2]

Album titles[edit]

The titles of their albums are ancient Hungarian names of months, but not used today. So "Fergeteg" is the ancient name of January, "Jégbontó" is February, "Kikelet" is March, "Szelek" is April, "Ígéret" is May, "Napisten" is June, "Áldás" is July, "Új Kenyér" is August, "Őszelő" is September, "Magvető" is October, "Enyészet" is November, "Álom" is December. Arany-Album is an exception, because it contains the poems of János Arany, a Hungarian poet from the 19th century.

Band name[edit]

Dalriada (also Dál Riata) was a Gaelic overkingdom on the western seaboard of Scotland with some territory on the northern coasts of Ireland. In the late 6th and early 7th century it encompassed roughly what is now Argyll and Bute and Lochaber in Scotland and also County Antrim in Ireland. For more information see Dál Riata. It could also come from "dal riada", literally meaning "song arose" in Hungarian, although the word "riad" is not used anymore in this context in modern Hungarian and the grammar also changed, the correct term would be "dal riadt" today.


Year Album Release type Label Hungarian top 40 album charts
2003 A walesi bárdok demo Self-released
2004 Fergeteg Studio album Hammer Music / Nail Records
2006 Jégbontó Studio album Hammer Music / Nail Records
2007 Kikelet Studio album Hammer Music / Nail Records 4[3]
2008 Szelek Studio album Hammer Music / Nail Records 2[4]
2009 Arany-album Studio album Hammer Music / Nail Records 4[5]
2011 Ígéret Studio album AFM Records 6[6]
2012 Napisten Hava Studio album Hammer Music / Nail Records 3[7]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year
"Téli ének" 2006
"A Nap és a Szél Háza" 2008
"Hazatérés" 2008
"Hajdútánc" 2011
"A Dudás" 2012


Current line–up
  • Laura Binder – vocals (2001–present)
  • András Ficzek – vocals (1998–present), guitars (2000–present)
  • Mátyás Németh-Szabó – guitar (2006–present)
  • István Molnár – bass (2008–present)
  • Gergely Szabó "Szög" - keyboards, backing vocals (2014-present)
  • Tadeusz Rieckmann – drums, harsh vocals, backing vocals (2001–present)


  • Attila Fajkusz – violin, tambourine, backing vocals (2007, 2009–present)
  • Ernő Szőke – doublebass (2009–present)
  • Gergely Szőke – viola, lute, acoustic guitars (2009–present)
  • Ádám Csete – bagpipe, flute, backing vocals (2012–present)
Former and past members
  • Péter Hende – guitars (1998 – 2001†)[8]
  • Marcell Fispán – guitars (1998–2005)
  • György Varga – bass, harsh vocals (2002–2008)
  • Gergely Nagy – keyboards (2003–2006)
  • András Kurz – keyboards (2006–2009)
  • Barnabás Ungár – keyboards, backing vocals, harsh vocals (2009–2014)


  1. ^ "Dalriada készítette az év metal lemezét". Kultúra.hu (in Hungarian). Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Hírek" [News]. Dalriada official website (in Hungarian). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Archívum". Mahasz (in Hungarian). week 11, 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Archívum". Mahasz (in Hungarian). week 16, 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Archívum". Mahasz (in Hungarian). week 40, 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Archívum". Mahasz (in Hungarian). week 7, 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Archívum". Mahasz (in Hungarian). week 40, 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ MacLaren, Ed. "Laura Binder – Dalriada". Femme Metal Webzine. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 

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