Tracton/Minane Bridge

Two Masters of Tradition: Steve Cooney and Éilis Kennedy

Venue: Inkwell Theatre, Tracton Arts and Community Centre, Minane Bridge
Town: Tracton/Minane Bridge
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Phone: 086 071 1910

Two Masters of Tradition: Steve Cooney and Éilis Kennedy


All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Tracton Arts and Community Centre are delighted to welcome two masters of Irish traditional music, Éilis Kennedy, vocals and flute and Steve Cooney on strings for a very special evening celebrating virtuosity and the transcendent beauty of the human voice.

Eilís Kennedy from Dingle is one of the foremost singers of her generation and a maestro on the flute and whistle as well. She has performed in the National Concert Hall in Dublin, London’s Barbican and the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York . In 2000, Eilís recorded her first album with guitarist William Coulter. Entitled “Time To Sail” , it was greeted with widespread critical acclaim and was subsequently followed up with “One Sweet Kiss” and other recordings, including in 2007 a cycle of poems set to music by Shaun Davey. In 2009 she teamed up with Pauline Scanlon to form LUMIERE, recording two albums and touring extensively in America, Europe and Australia. Her most recent collaboration “Westward” is again with Grammy Award winning William Coulter, and is a musical journey through the last 20 years, tracing her growth as both musician and composer.

On Culture Night, Eilís will be joined on guitar by Steve Cooney. Steve hails originally from Melbourne, but since coming to Ireland in 1980, he has virtually single- handedly changed the way the guitar is played in Irish traditional music. Martin Hayes said of him “Steve Cooney possesses a rare and deep musical intuition. Through his flair for dance rhythms he discovered a very unique rhythmic vocabulary that had never previously been heard on guitar in Irish music.” Like Eilís, Steve has played all over the world and with the best musicians of our time, including Van Morrison, Christy Moore, Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Matt Molloy and a host of others.

The Inkwell Theatre is a contemporary extension to a listed two-storey Georgian Schoolhouse in Minane Bridge, County Cork. The 120 seat theatre with state of the art sound and lighting is fast establishing a reputation as a centre for the arts in County Cork and beyond. Since the official opening in 2014 by playwright Enda Walsh, the theatre has promoted drama, music and the visual arts. Concerts have included sell out performances by The Vanbrugh Quartet, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Luka Bloom, Mick Flannery and many others. Tracton Arts Festival, centred in the building and the immediate locality, has grown over the last three years to become a yearly event at the beginning of July that people travel to from all over the country.