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Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney
"His voice will astound you. It soars - and it's
as profound, simple and beautiful as wild horses. Genius
is the operative word here" Time Out New York.
Magnificently expressive." The New York Times
"One of the most dramatic voices in contemporary
Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird
is best known for his unmistakable voice and distinctive
sean nós style as part of the stunningly successful
group The Gloaming. For this very special concert his
is accompanied by acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney.
Ó Lionáird has carved a long and unique
career in music both internationally and in Ireland.
From his iconic early recording of the vision song Aisling
Gheal as a young boy to his ground breaking recordings
with Dublin's Crash Ensemble and New York's Alarm Will
Sound, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that
sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity. Born and
bred in Cúil Aodha, in the West Cork Gaeltacht,
with Seán Ó Riada as neighbour and an
indisputable early influence. Twice Grammy nominated,
Ó Lionáird has worked with a stellar cast
of composers internationally including Donnacha Dennehy,
Dan Trueman, Nico Muhly, Gavin Bryars and David Lang
and he has performed and recorded with such luminaries
as Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, Robert Plant and Sinéad
O'Connor. His unique singing style has carried him to
stages and concert halls all over the world, from New
York's Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and beyond.
His voice has graced the silver screen also, with film
credits extending from The Gangs of New York to Hotel
Rwanda and most recently as featured singer in the film
Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan. He is the vocalist
with the critically acclaimed Irish/American band The
Steve Cooney has been described by the Irish Times
as a 'musical polymath' and is best known for his development
of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional
Irish dance music, for which he won the National Entertainment
Award in 1997. He came to Ireland from Australia in
1980 and maintains his connections with the Aboriginal
culture there, into which he was initiated. He has Irish
ancestral links with Tipperary, Cavan and Galway. He
has participated in making more than 100 CD's, either
as a guitar or bass player or as producer and engineer.
A poet and songwriter, he has worked with many iconic
international artists from rock and roll and country
music but his primarily focus is Irish traditional music.
He is a guest lecturer in a number of tertiary institutions
and has invented an innovative system of teaching music
to children, for which he is studying for a PhD. Seamus
Heaney wrote at the Fiddler's Green Festival in Rostrevor:
'Master Cooney restores the ancient link between lyre
and lyric, between poetry and performance, the rhapsody