RUA were Liz Madden and Gloria Mulhall who composed, arranged, orchestrated and produced their own original music along with new arrangements of well-loved traditional Irish pieces. Through their use of Irish instruments, full orchestra, and undeniable originality, they were at the forefront of Celtic/Irish music in creating an original Celtic symphonic sound. Their sound crossed boundaries in style and featured many well-known names in Irish music such as Tommy Hayes, Ronan Browne, Tiarnan O Duinnchinn, John Finucane, Robbie Harris, Fionan de Barra, Triona Marshall and members of the National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra.
Formed in 1999, RUA released their first album, Rua, in 2000. RUA's worldwide fan base grew at an astonishing rate and their second album, Dream-Teller, was released in 2003 and featured Irish actor Gabriel Byrne narrating W.B. Yeat's poem 'I am of Ireland' for the album. The magic of RUA is present in their beautiful original compositions conjuring up images of Paris in 'Le Marais' or Jewish soul music in 'Klezmer', they take you through Ireland’s history with their famine composition ‘Mist on the Mountain’ and their emigration song ‘Atlantic Storm’. RUA showed their versatility in the beautiful arrangement of "Ride On" also taken from Dream-Teller. "You have really captured the spirit of the song" was Jimmy McCarthy's reaction on hearing RUA's version of his much loved 'Ride On'.
RUA's music was featured world-wide on hundreds of compilation albums along with numerous TV/Film placements including the film Unborn but Forgotten, the hit TV show Hello Francheska and the documentary Plus or Minus 2 Degrees. Their track ‘Dum Dumda Diddle’ was used throughout Asia by FUJI and Oksusu Tea for their TV commercial campaigns. RUA’s last album, Whisper, was released in 2007 and a year later, both ladies embarked on solo careers. During their time together RUA delighted audiences globally performing as a duo and with full orchestra, headlining events such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the Lisdoonvarna Festival, the World Music Festival Israel and representing Ireland at the 7th China Folk & Art Festival which toured China.
Sadly in 2014 Gloria Mulhall passed away suddenly and will be greatly missed. 2016 marked the digital release of a new RUA collection album as a tribute to Gloria Mulhall R.I.P.