Traditional Music and Song

june, 2022

fri03jun8:00 pmfri10:00 pmPontúnRegional Cultural Centre, Cove Hill, Port Road, Letterkenny8:00 pm - 10:00 pm LETTERKENNY TRAD WEEK

Event Details

As part of Letterkenny Trad Week, the recently formed band, Pontún, will present its unique take on folk traditions from Ireland and Africa. The band released their debut single, Atlantean, last September and are now working on an album.

The band features Éamonn Galldubh on whistle and ulleann pipes, Robbie Harris on percussion, and Niwel Tsumbu on guitar and vocals with Steve Cooney on bass.

Éamonn Galldubh has performed in over forty  countries across five continents. Éamonn began playing traditional Irish music on the tin whistle at age eight, moving on to the uilleann pipes, flute and saxophone. He enjoys working both as a session player and performing as a solo artist. He has toured and recorded with Clannad, Moya Brennan, Cara  Dillon, Riverdance, Damien Dempsey, Ragús, Niamh Ní Charra, Celtic Woman, Hazel O Connor, Tarab, Dúlra, Druid Theatre and the RTE Concert Orchestra. As a composer his work has been performed and recorded by artists including Moya Brennan and Zoe Conway.

Over the years Robbie Harris has recorded and performed with artists as varied as Bobby McFerrin, Clannad, Bob Geldof, Jiggy, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kodaline, Brian Kennedy, Steve Cooney, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Corr, Luka Bloom, Moya Brennan, Celtic Woman, The High Kings, Emer Mayock and world music artists such as, Hector Zazou, Nitin Sawhney, Theodosii Spassov, Mamady Keita and Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan. He recently toured with the  Afro Celt Sound System. He has also recorded and performed with The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, Galician Philharmonic Orchestra and many other chamber orchestras and ensembles.

Since moving to Ireland in 2004, Congolese guitarist, composer and singer, Niwel Tsumbu, has collaborated with many Irish musicians such as Sinéad O’Connor, Liam O’Maonlai, Donal Lunny and Glen Hansard, as well as international stars such as Ma Xiaohui (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack), Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, Richard Bona and Nigel Kennedy.

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, as well as a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award at the RTÉ Folk Awards in 2020 . Born in Melbourne Australia in 1953, he came to Ireland in 1980 and has ancestral links with Tipperary, Cavan and Galway. He has been involved in over 250 albums, as a performer, producer or engineer.

Tickets, costing €18/€15 (conc.) plus €1 fee, are available from


(Friday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Regional Cultural Centre

Cove Hill, Port Road, Letterkenny

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