Buena Vista Social Club musician comes to Letterkenny

Tuesday April 23, 2024

Considered one of America’s most dedicated musical pioneers, Cooder is a member of the Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club, and son to Ry Cooder, easily one of the world’s greatest living slide guitarists.

Joachim has shared tours, stages and recordings with Johnny Cash, Ali Farka Touré, Mavis Staples, Steve Earle, John Lee Hooker, Dr John, and Nick Lowe. He has produced albums for Julia Commagere and Carly Ritter; composed scores for film and collaborated on music for dance.

“I grew up in a household very much alive with Irish music. My dad Ry Cooder, collaborated often with Paddy Maloney and the Chieftains, so I got to really experience the sound up close and let it sink in and influence me as a player and songwriter. One of the last times I saw Paddy we mentioned my dad’s people were the O’Learys and he said, “the O’Learys are from Cork, so this trip is a bit of a pilgrimage to find my Cork O’Learys! Come on down!”

Joachim Cooder performs with American fiddle player Rayna Gellert at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterenny on Saturday 27th April. Support will be provided by special guest Taylor Lally. The singer from Co. Down has been compared to the likes of Rikki-Lee Jones with the guitar sensibilities of John Martyn.

Tickets are available at www.regionalculturalcentre.com