Seamus Begley and Steve Cooney are two of the legends of Irish music, having toured the world together on accordion and guitar throughout the 1990’s. Their album Meitheal, released in 1992 by Hummingbird Records, still stands as one of the most influential Irish albums of the 20th century. An entire generation of accordion and guitar players have picked up stylistic elements from Begley & Cooney.
And now, for the first time in 15 years, they are performing together again. Thursday’s concert is the brainchild of Seamus’s nephew, Cormac Begley. Cormac is a concertina player and the founder of the “Tunes in the Church” concert series in Galway, Ireland, which presents concerts in the stunning medieval ambience of St. Nicholas’ Cathedral. Amid candles and towering stone walls, world-class musicians perform to an audience of locals and visitors alike.
“What sets this concert series apart from other concerts it that during each concert, audiences, whether in the church or online, can ask the performers questions about their musical history,” says Cormac. “The goal is to set the standard for the presentation of traditional Irish music worldwide.”
For this special show, Inver Films will be on hand to document the proceedings. Having recently webcasted a top class live stream from this year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Derry, they will be directing a 4-camera live shoot in full HD.
Cormac sums it up: “You can expect a great night of music from some if the leading musicians within the tradition. You will hear honest and driving music, sensitive and soulful singing and an interaction between the audience and performers rarely experienced in traditional performances.”