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Harping On: Steve Cooney joined by leading harpists for a special concert

Elaine Hogan

Steve Cooney is to play alongside six of Ireland’s leading harpists for an exclusive concert in Ennis. The event called Harping On will be brought to venue St. Columbia’s Church on Saturday October 30 at 8pm.

The concert, organised by Pat Ryan Music Services and presented by Clare Arts Office, will be headlined by well-known harpists Aisling Lyons, Elaine Hogan, Eimear Coughlan, Fionnuala Rooney, Lily O’Connor, and Paul Dooley. United with singer Cadhla Brock and renowned musician Steve Cooney.

They will be playing new original music as well as traditional music. 

Not long ago, Steve Cooney was announced as the Composer of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Awards.

His latest album, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar, has received praise for its collection of beautiful tunes and his work with Irish harp music. 

Clare County Arts Officer, Siobhán Mulcahy said the event will be a rare opportunity to see the best of harp music in a truly wonderful setting.

“We’re very excited about this concert and feel it’s so timely.

“People have been through a lot in recent times, and it’s great to be getting out and about again to enjoy live music.

“Harp music can be so healing and nourishing for the spirit. The line-up is exceptional, and I look forward to hearing the music fill St. Columbia’s Church, which is a great venue for this concert,” Siobhán said.

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the idea of the event came to fruition thanks to John O’Connor of Custy’s music shop in Ennis.

As long as the Covid-19 government health guidelines don’t change, restrictions are expected to be lifted by October 22, Harping On will be the occasion to welcome back music lovers to the magic of live music they missed dearly during the pandemic. 

Tickets are available from Custy’s Music Shop or can be bought online from the following link: 

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/harping-on-tickets-179440610697?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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