Iarla O’Lionaird  & Steve Cooney Dingle

Iarla O’Lionaird & Steve Cooney Dingle

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Beo Binn Live presents an intimate evening with Iarla Ó' Lionáird & Steve Cooney on Sunday 26th June in St. James' Church Dingle.

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Beo Binn Live presents an intimate evening with Iarla Ó' Lionáird & Steve Cooney on Sunday 26th June in St. James' Church Dingle.

Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird and acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney have forged a unique musical partnership, which has produced stunning contemporary versions of traditional Irish songs.

Iarla, steeped in West Cork music traditions, is the vocalist with the critically acclaimed Irish American band "The Gloaming."

Steve has performed and recorded music with many esteemed musicians such as Sharon Shannon and Martin Hayes and his recently released album Ceol Arsa Clairsi has been called the most important album of Irish music of the last decade.

The music they make together is beautifully unique, melding old and new styles of traditional music to create something that is all their own.

With special guests

- Philip King MC & performance ( Harmonica, Vocals)

- Éilís Kennedy (Vocals), Donogh Hennessy (Guitar)

- Eoin Duignan (Low Whistles & Uileann Pipes) & Jeremy Spencer (Fiddle)

Doors at 7.30pm in St. James' Church Dingle this will be a night not to be missed. Tickets are very limited!! (Only 100 seats)

With Special thanks to the assistance of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports & Media


Iarla 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.

He’s a child of traditional music, born and bred in Cúil Aodha, in the belly of the West Cork Gaeltacht, with Seán Ó Riada a neighbour and indisputable early influence. His great aunt, the traditional singer Elizabeth Cronin, had forged a reputation for rich interpretation before him, paving the way for the young Ó Lionáird to still audiences with his plaintive, textured voice at Mass, and later, in parlours, front rooms, snugs, town halls and concert halls. The truth is, it’s the individual sonic qualities of Iarla Ó Lionáird’s voice that define him. That voice, with all its midnight depth and soaring breadth, transcends anything that might box or classify him as one thing or another.

A twice Grammy nominated artist, Ó Lionáird has worked with a stellar cast of composers internationally including Donnacha Dennehy, Dan Trueman, Kate Moore, Nico Muhly, Linda Buckley, Gavin Bryars and David Lang and he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, Robert Plant and Sinead 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. He has performed as soloist with concert and symphony orchestras including the Ulster Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Centre, USA, The Irish National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Also an accomplished broadcaster, O’ Lionaird’s recent Radio Series “Vocal Chords” on the mysteries of the human voice, for Ireland’s National Classical Music Broadcaster, RTE Lyric FM, won both Gold and Silver Awards at the “New York Radio Festival” 2016/2018

His own 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 Gloaming."

“Magnificently expressive” - The New York Times

"One of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music" - The Guardian

"O'Lionaird's real triumph is his voice: as soft as a feather bed and as searingly sharp as a blade

when the mood calls" - The Irish Times

"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

Steve Cooney

Steve Cooney is best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry, and for which he won the National Entertainment Award with Séamus Begley in 1997.

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 recently released a CD of solo guitar interpretations of ancient harp tunes, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar. He is also recording fusion music with his band Éiníní.

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.

‘Master Cooney restores the ancient link between lyre and lyric, between poetry and performance, the rhapsody and rascality’ - Séamus Heaney, Fiddler’s Green awards, Rostrevor.

‘Steve Cooney...possesses a rare and deep musical intuition... he discovered a very unique rhythmic vocabulary that had never previously been heard on guitar in Irish music. He plays with an understanding and integrity that brings out a very ancient feeling in the music.’ - Martin Hayes.

Philip King:

Internationally-renowned Irish musician, film-maker and broadcaster. He is the founder of the acclaimed television programme Other Voices. Philip is the vocalist and harmonica player of the band Scullion.

“It will be really wonderful to join Iarla and Steve for what will be a magical evening of music and song at The Church of St james, in a sense they are Bringing It All back Home. The traditional music and song of West Kerry will be celebrated on this very special evening by Iarla and Steve and by the wonderful singing and playing of Eoin Duignan, Donogh Hennessy Éilís Kennedy and Jeremy Spencer”

Éilís Kennedy- Singer

Éilís Kennedy is no stranger to the stage at St James’ Church , having performed here since the foundation of the Folk Concert series. She is a singer and award-winning songwriter as well as a whistle and flute player. She has toured the world as a singer . She formed the duo Lumiere with Pauline Scanlon, and has collaborated with guitarist Donogh Hennessy on many recordings , tours and music groups. Eilís was part of the Béal Tuinne project , with Shaun Davey and Rita Connolly and a host of local musicians.



Donogh Hennessy:

Donogh is a Dublin born guitarist living in the beautiful town of Dingle in West Kerry. He has performed and recorded with many leading Irish bands and artists over the years. He was a founder member of the Irish super-group Lúnasa for many years and has recorded and toured extensively with many other acts such as Lumiere, Sharon Shannon’s band. Seamus Begley, Pauline Scanlon, John Spillane, Damien Mullane etc.

Donogh has recorded music for films and plays and has written two music books.

He is currently a full time recording engineer in his own recording studio in Dingle bay producing, recording and/or performing with a constant array of top artists.

Eoin Duignan:

Eoin Duignan is a talented musician and composer and has lived in Dingle since 1979. His enchanting and uplifting melodies have touched the hearts of listeners, both young and old, down through the years. The casual listener will be drawn as if by magic to the music’s inner core; entranced not only by the shapes and turns of melody but also well-spring of emotions that the pieces portray.

“If music offers a window to the soul, then that of the piper and low whistle player Eoin Duignan is a kaleidoscopic fanlight into a world where the spirit reigns supreme

-Siobhán Long The Irish Times


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