Iarla Ó Lionáird
and Steve Cooney

Friday 20th May, 8:30pm

Iarla Ó Lionáird
and Steve Cooney

Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird and acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney have forged a unique musical partnership over many year performing songs from the sean-nós tradition (singing in the old/traditional style).

Iarla, steeped in West Cork music traditions and Steve representing Australian aboriginal imagination create distinctive, memorable music.

They have explored their own individual paths in their careers - Iarla performing with such renowned groups as the Afro Celt Sound System and the Gloaming as well as his collaborations with classical ensembles, opera and film performances, Steve performing in many Irish traditional instrumental ensembles and contributing to more than 250 CDs as a guitarist, bass player and producer.

Iarla grew up immersed in Irish musical culture in Cúil Aodha, County Cork; Steve grew up in Australia and brings an imaginative perspective to the accompaniment of the songs, based on the traditions of the harpers. 

‘His voice will astound you. It soars - and it's as profound, simple and beautiful as wild horses... Genius is the operative word here.’

‘Ó Lionáird’s real triumph is his voice: as soft as a feather and as searingly sharp as a blade when the mood calls’.

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