Folk Nights at glór with Steve Cooney and Dermot Byrne
Folk Nights at glór is a series of ‘folk-club’ performances created specifically for viewing from your couch, showcasing some of our finest folk musicians locally and nationally. In this series we explore Folk and what it means for the artists who make it. Join us online for some intimate concert performances in glór’s spaces, lit and filmed to capture at least some of the magic of live! Experience explorations in folk and hear the musicians in conversation with series curator Paula Carroll, on how music-making has changed in today’s world.
Steve Cooney is best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry, and for which he won the National Entertainment Award with Séamus Begley in 1997. Despite participating in the making of over 250 albums, he only recently released his first ever solo CD – to huge critical acclaim – of solo guitar interpretations of ancient harp tunes, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí. In 2020 he was given the RTÉ Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dermot Byrne shot to fame as a child prodigy on the accordion in his native Donegal, and is still considered one of the finest accordion players in the tradition, with that sought-after combination of musical virtuosity and sensitivity. He toured for many years with Donegal trad band Altan. He has lived in and around Co. Clare for many years. As well as the Irish folk tradition, he also dips into European and global accordion repertoires.
Tickets €8 plus €1 booking fee.