The first Begley & Cooney concert in 15 years! - Thursday 13th Feb, Galway

During the 90s, the duet Begley and Cooney reached national acclaim and were regarded as one of the foremost performers of Irish music. Cooney pioneered a new approach to traditional accompaniment and formed a perfect marriage with the energetic West-Kerry style of Seamus Begley.

This momentous concert will be held on Thursday the 13th of February at 8pm at Ireland's largest medieval church - St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway. By challenging the concept that the home of Irish music should be in a pub setting, the award winning 'Tunes in the Church' concert series provides and unparalleled environment and respectful platform in which traditional musicians can showcase their talents. One of the aspects of this concert series that sets it apart from other formal traditional concerts is the element of interactive involvement by the audience; the audience and the performers are encouraged to engage with one another during the concert. By allowing for open communication during the concerts, the barrier between the concept of ‘audience’ and ‘performer’ is challenged, therefore making each concert unique, fresh, and singularly authentic, resulting in audience members learning some of the defining qualities of traditional Irish music.

In collaboration with Inver Films and Concert Window, will stream live in crisp high definition, taking full advantage of the beautiful sound that a 700 year-old setting has to offer. Using the latest technology in outside broadcasting and satellite streaming, we can give traditional music a new home, allowing the spontaneity and chaotic energy of live performance to flourish, unrestrained by outside control. No matter where you are in the world, we will take this rare and intimate interactive concert

The concert will also feature, flute player and rector of the church, Rev.:Gary Hastings, award winning sean nós singer Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, concertina player Cormac Begley and award winning sean nós dancer, fiddle and viola player, Clíódhna Begley. For further information please visit

Séamus Begley

Accordion player and singer Seamus Begley is one of the most popular Irish traditional musicians, coming from an acclaimed Irish family from West-Kerry. In 2013, he was presented with the prestigious TG4 Gradam Amhranaí (Singers Award) and tours extensively with musicians such as Tim Edey, Jim Murray, Óisín Oisin Mac Diarmada and Téada.

Steve Cooney

Steve Cooney is guitarist, poet and songwriter. He was born in Australia and maintains his ancestral links with both Irish and Aboriginal cultures. He is most known for the development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional music and has recorded, produced, or played on over 100 CDs with artists such as Stockton’s Wing, Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, Altan, Dermot Byrne and Martin Hayes.

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin is a sean-nós singer influenced by singers from Iorras Aithneach in the Connemara Gaeltacht. In 2012, she released the esteemed ‘I bhfíor-dheiriú oidhche, a CD comprised of songs collect by Seamus Ennis from the Iorras Aithneach region. She has sung and played at various festivals, including Féile Joe Éiniú, Scoil Geimhreadh Merriman, Cooley-Collins Festival and Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy.

Gary Hastings

Reverend Canon Gary Hastings hails from Belfast and is a Church of Ireland Rector at St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway. Gary is one of the leading flute players in the country and has featured on CDs such as "Slan le Loch Eirne" with Father Seamus Quinn, and solo on the ‘Tunes in the Church’ CD. He has written "With Fife and Drum - Music, Memories and Customs of an Irish Tradition" which explores the musical tradition of the Lambeg drum and includes a tunebook of 70 fife tunes.

Cormac and Clíodhna Begley

Cormac and Clíodhna Begley are a brother and sister duet from the Gaeltacht of West Kerry. They’ve grown up with music from both sides of the family, learning initially from their father Breanndán. Cormac and Clíodhna share a distinctive style influenced by musicians and musical styles from Kerry and East Clare. In 2013, they featured on the ‘Tunes in the Church’ CD together.


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Comment by Dónal Mc Cague on February 11, 2014 at 13:09
Can't wait for it, tickets got!

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