Ceol na Coille Summer School of Irish Traditional Music celebrate their 10th anniversary with a very special concert featuring a host of world class Irish musicians.
Thursday 14th July, 8pm
€15 (€12 concession)
Dermot Byrne, Yvonne Casey & Steve Cooney
Dermot Byrne hails from Buncrana, the most northerly part of Co. Donegal, Ireland, where he had the good fortune to meet all the greats of Donegal music, including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy, Tommy Peoples, Danny Meehan and more. Dermot went on to develop a unique style of his own. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. In addition to his mastery of the Donegal style and repertoire, Dermot can turn with ease to other styles and traditions such as French musette, or South American choro music. Dermot has collaborated with many great musicians including Altan, Seamus and Manus McGuire, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin, Pierre Schryer, Tim O’Brien and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. His eponymous solo recording has received great critical acclaim, as did “2 Worlds United” album which Dermot recorded with Canadian ﬁddler Pierre Schryer. In 2012 Dermot was selected as the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the year.
Yvonne Casey is one of Co. Clare’s most distinctive fiddle players. She grew up surrounded by the richness of Clare music and plays in a unique soulful style. In the 1990’s Yvonne recorded two albums with The Ceili Bandits and they toured Europe and the USA. She also recorded her first solo CD in 2004. Since then, she has created her own music school in Clare and teaches and performs at various festivals at home and abroad. Yvonne’s recently released CD entitled “Croí” (Heart), includes her own new compositions and performances by Dermot Byrne, Eoin O’ Neill and Jon O’ Connell.
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.
Born in Melbourne Australia in 1953, he came to Ireland in 1980 and maintains his connections with the Aboriginal culture there, into which he was initiated. He has ancestral links with Tipperary, Cavan and Galway. He has participated in making more than 250 CD’s, either as a guitar or bass player or as producer and engineer. Also a poet and songwriter, he has worked with many iconic international artists in rock and country music but his primary focus is Irish traditional music, and fusions of that genre.In 2020 he was given the RTÉ Folk Awards ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.
Support from Deirdre Scanlan
Deirdre Scanlan from Ballina, Co Tipperary, has been at the forefront of traditional and contemporary Irish music for a number of years. An All Ireland champion at junior and senior level Deirdre is an accomplished solo and ensemble performer. In 1999 Deirdre’s first recording ‘Speak Softly’ which included some of her own song compositions was released to critical acclaim. Deirdre’s first solo recording brought her to the attention of the Irish American traditional group ‘Solas’ and from 1999 to 2007 she took centre stage as lead vocalist with the group. With the group Deirdre toured extensively throughout the US, Japan and Europe. She has performed on a variety of stages from London’s West End to Radio City Music Hall NYC as well as headlining numerous international festivals, some of which include The Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Lorient Interceltic Festival.
The Regional Cultural Centre is supported by Donegal County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.