Traditional Music and Song

august, 2022

sun21aug4:00 pmZoë Conway and John McIntyre with Steve CooneyCarlingford Heritage Centre, Church Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth4:00 pm Carlingford Heritage Centre Summer Series

Event Details

Returning to their Summer Series artistic residency at the Carlingford Heritage Centre for the twelfth year, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre, will be joined by a different special guest artist each week. This week’s guest is award-winning uilleann piper and flute player, Louise Mulcahy, from Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick.

The husband and wife folk duo from Co. Louth have been acclaimed as virtuoso instrumentalists with remarkable versatility. They have two highly acclaimed duo albums to their name: Go Mairir I Bhfad (Long Life To You), a 2012 collection of twelve specially commissioned pieces composed by leading Irish musicians including the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabhán, Tommy Peoples, Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Peadar Ó Riada, Liz Carroll and Niall Vallely; and Live in Concert, released in spring 2017, featuring tracks recorded at live performances around Europe.

Apart from her mastery of the traditional genre – as a former all-Ireland senior fiddle champion – Zoë is also an accomplished classical musician which has enabled to appear comfortably as featured soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, thee BBC Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Germany; with a repertoire that includes her own compositions as well as works composed for her by Bill Whelan.

Growing up in the Cooley Mountains of north County Louth, John McIntyre has been playing guitar since the age of 8.  He began his professional career as an electric guitarist with the successful indie band, The Revs, playing many venues and festivals including Oxygen and Slane in Ireland, Reading and Leeds in Britain, and touring throughout North America, Australia and Europe. John studied classical guitar and piano for many years, and from early childhood was immersed in the language, songs and traditional dance music of south west Donegal – his father’s homeplace. Aside from live gigs, John is equally comfortable in the recording studio both as a performer and a producer.

Zoë and John will be joined by the ubiquitous Steve Cooney, best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to the traditional dance music of West Kerry, for which he won the National Entertainment Award in 1997. Born in Melbourne Australia in 1953, he came to Ireland in 1980. He has ancestral links with Tipperary, Cavan and Galway. He has participated in making more than 250 CDs, either as a guitar or bass player or as producer and engineer. He has worked with many iconic international artists in rock and country but his primarily focus is Irish traditional music, and fusions of that genre. In 2020 he released a CD of solo guitar interpretations of ancient harp tunes, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí, which won three awards at the 2020 RTÉ Folk Awards as well as being named Irish Times traditional album of the year. He was also given a Lifetime Achievement award by RTÉ. He completed an M.Litt.Ed in 2011 and a Ph.D. in 2018 on an intuitive musical notation system that he has developed for early learners and those who have difficulties with staff notation.

Tickets, each costing €16.24 (plus 0.81 handling charge), are available from


(Sunday) 4:00 pm


Carlingford Heritage Centre

Church Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth

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