Traditional Music and Song

april, 2022

mon18apr8:30 pmIarla Ó Lionáird, Dermot Byrne agus Steve CooneyAmharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Derrybeg, Co. Donegal8:30 pm

Event Details

As part of the re-scheduled Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair 21, three masters of music, song and composition will appear together on one stage on Easter Monday. The concert also celebrates the release of Byrne and Cooney’s duo album, Donegal Melodeon, which will be officially launched on the night before the concert.

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 groundbreaking recordings with the Afro-Celt Sound System and the Gloaming, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish music fraternity. His voice has also been heard in cinemas around the world with film credits extending from The Gangs of New York to Hotel Rwanda and most recently as featured singer in the film Brooklyn. Iarla won a TG4 Gradam Ceoil as Traditional Singer of the Year in 2008.

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. A regular performer in a number of bands, ensembles, duos and trios, Steve finally released a solo album, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar. The album was met with great acclaim and was pivotal in Steve receiving the TG4 Gradam Ceoil as Composer of the Year for 2021, as well as the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement award in 2020.

Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players. For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Dónal Lunny, Steve Cooney, Trevor Hutchinson and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the beauty and joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world. In other collaborations, he has performed previously with KGB (along with Paddy Keenan and Frankie Gavin), Sharon Shannon, Séamus and Manus McGuire, the Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, and Dezi Donnelly. For his contribution to Irish music, Dermot won a TG4 Gradam Ceoil as Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013.

Tickets, costing €20 each, are available from


(Monday) 8:30 pm


Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair

Derrybeg, Co. Donegal


Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth DobhairScoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair 2021 runs from December 27 to January 1. This year’s programme includes traditional Irish music instrumental, song, and dancing workshops.

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