Iarla Ó Lionaird & Steve Cooney: An Córda Óir/The Golden Thread @Tradition Now

Iarla Ó Lionaird & Steve Cooney: An Córda Óir/The Golden Thread @Tradition Now

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8.00pm

Iarla Ó Lionaird & Steve Cooney have forged a unique musical partnership over many years: their interpretations of songs from the sean-nós tradition have set a new standard of artistic integrity and creative innovation within the traditional structures of the Gaelic song tradition.

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.

They have long shared an empathetic link that has grown out of their love of the melodic and poetic art forms created during the time when Gaelic culture was in its full flowering. Iarla grew up immersed in this culture in Cúil Aodha, Co. Cork; Steve grew up in Australia and brings an imaginative perspective to the accompaniment of the songs, based on the traditions of the harpers.

Ryan Molloy is renowned both for his work as a composer and performer on the Piano. His compositions have won numerous prizes internationally and his repertoire spans genres from traditional Irish music to the world of contemporary classical. Ryan joins Iarla and Steve onstage with his intuitive and graceful accompaniment.

Tradition Now, a partnership between NCH and The Arts Council, takes a unique look at progressive traditional music in a fast-moving Ireland.

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