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Iarla O’Lionaird and Steve Cooney to kick off June Bank Holiday in style at Dolans

We are delighted to be welcoming Iarla O’Lionaird and Steve Cooney to Dolans Warehouse this Thursday.

Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird is best known for his unmistakable voice and distinctive sean nós style as part of the stunningly successful group The Gloaming. For this very special concert he is accompanied by acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney.

Ó Lionáird has carved a long and unique career in music both internationally and in Ireland. From his iconic early recording of the vision song Aisling Gheal as a young boy to his ground breaking recordings with Dublin's Crash Ensemble and New York’s Alarm Will Sound, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity.

  Iarla O’Lionaird and Steve Cooney

Iarla O’Lionaird and Steve Cooney


Born and bred in Cúil Aodha, in the West Cork Gaeltacht, with Seán Ó Riada as neighbour and an indisputable early influence. Twice Grammy nominated, Ó Lionáird has worked with a stellar cast of composers internationally including Donnacha Dennehy, Dan Trueman, Nico Muhly, Gavin Bryars and David Lang and he has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, Robert Plant and Sinéad O'Connor.

His unique singing style has carried him to stages and concert halls all over the world, from New York's Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and beyond.

His voice has graced the silver screen also, with film credits extending from The Gangs of New York to Hotel Rwanda and most recently as featured singer in the film Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan. He is the vocalist with the critically acclaimed Irish/American band The Gloaming.

Steve Cooney moved from Australia to his ancestral home of Ireland in 1981, where he has built a reputation as a truly gifted guitar player. He first joined Stockton’s Wing, and after moving to Dingle, he then teamed up with accordionist Séamus Begley and that duo has become one of the seminal groupings in Irish traditional music.  

Since moving to Ireland in the 1980s, Cooney has played on over 60 albums with Irish artists, including Altan, The Chieftains, Clannad and Andy Irvine. He also composed his own material and is one of the most sought-after producer/arrangers working in traditional music.

★★★★★ "A tenderness that we simply hadn’t heard before" – Irish Times (of Cooney)

"The pure, clear evenness of tone is very striking" – Culture Northern Ireland (of Ó Lionáird)

This concert is simply not to missed and promises to kick off the June Bank Holiday weekend in true style.

Tickets are available here: https://dolans.yapsody.com/event/book/220936/5007861