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Celebrating the Music & Songs of Steve Cooney with distinguished guests

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Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair

Derrybeg

Letterkenny

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‘Master Cooney restores the ancient link between lyre and lyric, between poetry and performance, the rhapsody and rascality’ - Séamus Heaney

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Steve Cooney is well-known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry,. Following on from his debut solo abum, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar, Steve has been inundated with praise, receiving Gradam TG4 composer of the year for 2021, as well as the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement in 2020.

Born in Melbourne Australia in 1953, he came to Ireland in 1980 and maintains his connections with the Aboriginal culture there, into which he was initiated. He has ancestral links with Tipperary, Cavan and Galway.

He has participated in making more than 250 CD's, either as a guitar or bass player or as producer and engineer. Also a poet and songwriter, he has worked with many iconic international artists in rock and country music but his primary focus is Irish traditional music, and fusions of that genre.

He completed a Ph.D. in 2018 at NCAD on an intuitive musical notation system that he developed for early learners and those who experience difficulties with staff notation, and he lectures in tertiary institutions on the calculation of harmony and syncopation.

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Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair 2021 on from the 27th December- 1st January. This year’s programme includes traditional Irish music instrumental, song, and dancing workshops.

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Scoil Gheimhridh receives annual funding from the Arts Council Traditional Arts fund.

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