Folk fans are in for a treat this October when veritable legends Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney perform at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Friday, October 25th.
Iarla Ó Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. His acclaimed work fuses the traditions of sean nós with modern electronic music and soundscapes. He has most recently released the acclaimed solo album Foxlight on Realworld Records. Iarla is best known as singer with multi-million-selling and twice Grammy-nominated, Afro-Celt Soundsystem. Iarla has sung in his unique style for audiences across the globe from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Opera House in London, from Cape Town to Moscow, Rome and Tokyo. His most recent project, The Gloaming, brings together, Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Thomas Bartlett.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve Cooney began his professional musical career at the age of 17, playing throughout the US before returning to his ancestral homeland in 1981 after buying a one-way ticket to Ireland. He busked for a few months, before joining Stockton’s Wing as bassist. Since then he has been involved with numerous projects, with a major contribution to Sharon Shannon’s first album, and performances and recordings with Dermot Byrne, Altan and Martin Hayes among others.
Tickets, priced at £10 are now on sale from Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin box office or online at www.culturlann-doire.ie. Call 02871264132 for more information.