A first glimpse of Irish girl group Bellefire is likely to leave you with the impression of them being just another pop band manufactured on the mass market conveyor belt. But their live promotional showcase at the Fringe Club earlier this month would cause even the most hardened pop critic to reassess - the trio's sweet voices and near-perfect harmonies were an audio treat. Bellefire is comprised of sisters Cathy (22) and Ciara (21) Newell and Kelly Kilfeather (25). They first met at an audition in 1999 where thousands of young superstar wannabes were queuing to audition for a place in a new girl/boy band. The project was headed by Louis Walsh, a band manager with such chart-topping favourites as Westlife and Boyzone under his belt. The three girls were selected and then introduced to singer Tara Lee. In April 2000, the newly formed foursome released two singles, which both reached the UK top 20. Their cover of U2's All I want is You went double platinum in Ireland. Tara left the group in 2002. The success of Bellefire is largely attributable to their admirable singing capabilities and their easy listening tunes. 'We have been working together for so long that we know each other's voices well. The balance and harmony just comes naturally,' Kelly said. 'At home in Ireland, music is a national pastime. We often sing songs in family gatherings and singing is something that we unconsciously do all the time. It's good to grow up in such an environment,' Cathy added. Although the three girls grew up in households where traditional Irish music was played, they avoid letting this music influence their songs. 'The three of us are already Irish enough. We don't want to sound traditional. Our first love is pop music,' said Kelly. Bellefire's music is simple but catchy. Their new album Spin the Wheel features mainly soothing ballads and mid-tempo pop songs. 'I think the songs are timeless,' said Cathy. 'You know when you hear 80s music and you think 'Oh, it sounds so old!' - we want to keep our songs simple with just drums, bass, strings and guitars. We're not trying to make new production styles. The songs speak for themselves.' Of Bellefire's numerous performances, their most memorable was performing All I Want is You in front of U2 in 2002. 'We are huge fans of U2 but they are quite critical. Sometimes they just don't give comment. But after our performance, Bono said to a newspaper that he was moved by our performance. It was really touching,' Kelly said. After four years of experience in the music scene, the young trio have gained greater autonomy in their music. ' With our first recording deal, we were easily convinced by executives who told us what we should do,' Ciara recalled. 'We are now more confident as a band. It takes courage to tell executives of big record labels what we want and how we want them to spend their money. You have to really believe in yourself.'