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Iarla O'Lionard and Steve Cooney
This new duo sees Iarla team up with virtuoso guitarist, Steve Cooney, to explore some of the great songs of the tradition in an acoustic setting.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve Cooney started his professional musical career at the age of 17, playing for a while in the US before returning home, where he was in a number of rock and folk/rock bands. In 1981 he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland, from where his ancestors had come, where he busked and worked odd jobs for a few months, before joining Stockton's Wing as bassist. Since then he has popped up all over the place, with a major contribution to Sharon Shannon's first album, and performances and recordings with Dermot Byrne, Altan, Martin Hayes and others. Multi-instrumentalist Graham Henderson is one of the most sought-after musician's at work in Ireland today. He has recorded and performed live with Moving Hearts, Donal Lunny, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Brady and Altan.
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