COSCÁN is a four piece Trad / Contemporary Folk band based in Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland. We play an exciting style of world music and song incorporating contemporary music and Traditional music from Scotland, Galicia and South America with emphasis on our root music – Traditional Irish Music.
Having performed at various festivals and venues throughout Ireland e.g. Dublin’s Temple Bar TradFest, Fiddler’s Green International Festival in Rostrevor, Co. Down, Tara Solstice Festival, The Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Le Cheíle Festival and the National Concert Hall to name but a few, we have supported some well known bands such as The Dubliners, Kíla and Four Men & a Dog. COSCÁN has also performed live on several Irish radio shows e.g. Áine Hensey’s The Late Session, Kieran Hanrahan’s Céilí House, Ryan Tubridy’s The Tubridy Show and the RTÉ TV documentary covering the Autumn Equinox at Loughcrew in Co. Meath.
In 2007, 2010 and again in 2014, COSCÁN were invited to perform at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France (the largest Celtic music festival in the world attracting some 850,000 visitors annually). At Interceltique’14 we performed 10 sell-out concerts and launched our new EP – ‘FireDance‘. On stage we were joined by Moya Brennan of the super group Clannad.
COSCÁN have supported The Dubliners on stage at the previous Interceltique festivals and have shared the same billing as Sharon Shannon, Solás, Cappercaille, Suzanne Vega as well as supporting the leading Spanish group Tejédor. While at Festival Interceltique we performed live on several radio stations, most notably Blue Breiz Izel and RGB France. We have performed at several festivals throughout France.
Our range on instruments include Fiddle, Tin Whistles, Low Whistles, Bodhrán (and other percussion), Keyboards and Guitar. As a follow-on from our EP ‘FireDance‘, we are continuing to work on material for our 4th CD, a themed album centred on the intriguing ancient sites and history of Meath, at one time the Fifth Province and seat of the High Kings of Ireland. The album will comprise original tunes and songs inspired by places and events in the Royal County, although not all of them will flatter royalty! We hope to release more information about the progress of this work through this website in the coming months.
The COSCÁN members are:-
Gerry, a classically trained violinist, has played music since his early childhood. Influenced by his late father & grandmother, Gerry found his love for Irish Traditional music & has graced fleadhs down through the years. Having performed in Ireland, France & the United States, Gerry is an accomplished fiddle player. His style of playing has been studied as part of a detailed project looking at regional styles of fiddle playing. Gerry also plays the button accordion, tin whistle, low whistle & the piano.
Harry, a teacher of Irish History and Traditional music, has played the tin and low whistle since his early teens. Influenced by his uncle and Bobby Clancy of the world renowned Clancy Brothers, Harry has performed at many music festivals in Ireland and abroad, including the Milwaukee Irish Fest in the United States. As a composer, Harry has written and recorded music for several RTÉ radio and television documentaries. These include Head Waters (1991) and A Change of Heart(1998). He has also researched and written the Walton’s Guide to Irish Music (launched on 5th May ’06) and published two Book/CD collections of tin whistle with Walton’s.
David has played music from his early childhood having learned to play the spoons from his father Tommy, himself a button accordion and piano accordion player. David then went on to play the piano accordion and keyboards. Having played various genre of music ranging from country to pop to rock, David went back to his musical roots in Traditional Irish Music when he became interested in the Bodhrán after seeing the likes of Christy Moore, De Dannan and many more. He also became interested in other percussion instruments and now plays the bones, spoons and the shakers. He also plays Guitar, using it to write and compose his music. David has played the Bodhrán throughout Ireland and England, accompanying many top musicians including Conor Byrne(Flute) and David Munnelly(Button Accordian).
John, a member of the famous Shankey family of north Meath, became interested in Ballads in his mid teens having been influenced by The Dubliners and Christy Moore. Accomplished singer and Guitar player, John’s interest in Traditional Irish music began while attending various fleadhs throughout Ireland, England and the United States. In addition to performing ballads and traditional music, John is also interested in the music of contemporary artists like Mick Hanley and The Waterboys. He is a fine 5-string Banjo player and has a keen interest in American folk and bluegrass. His lively banter is a central part of the bands presentation in gigs.