Honoured to working with the awesome Niwel Tsumbu again on his new band project Riza, named after the holiday destination in Star Trek. With Vocalists Sally Garnett (Loah), Emma Garnett (Fedah) and Paddy Groenland (Ensemble Eriú) on guitar it’s a really beautiful and vibrant group to be part of. Here’s the first release from 2015 “Kabembe“:
Here’s Riza’s follow up release” Thank you“:
“Éamonn Cagney is a superb musician and a top-class musician” Míchéal Ó Súilleabháin, Director Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Convergence - released my debut album of original music “Convergence” in 2011, and formed Convergence Ensemble to perform the music of the album – this led to a successful nationwide tour, ongoing airplay on RTE radio 1, Lyric FM, Raidió na gaeltachta and some nice reviews too…I’m currently working away on a new solo album, exploring new rhythms and visions – stay tuned..
“As well as the African influences, the album touches on Asian and Middle Eastern vbes, but the clearest idiom is traditional Irish. Energetic numbers carrying the great force, “Éirí na gréine” has real thrust, evoking curraghs briskly chopping homeward bound through the waves.” Don O’Mahony, Evening Echo
Here’s a drum – percussion solo I did for Balcony TV recently:
Noble Call I was selected by The Abbey Theatre in Jan. 2014 to perform a “Noble Call” solo performance in response to their production of Jim Sheridan’s “The Risen People”, directed by Conall Morrison. I composed a solo piece for the occasion entitled “Ní neart go cur le chéile”.
“Sive” Éamonn then collaborated with composer Conor Linehan, one of Ireland’s most accomplished theatre composers, and Cora Venus Lunny on the soundtrack to the Abbey’s production of “Sive” by John B. Keane, which toured nationwide in 2014.
Funded! Éamonn has just been funded by a Cork County Arts bursary to create new percussion-based compositions, and to further his exploration of the beautiful Udu drum – This will form the basis of Eamonn’s next album, which is in development at the moment…more info to follow!
Niwel Tsumbu Duo
Éamonn Cagney and Niwel Tsumbu’s duo is one of the most authentic, organic and exciting cross-cultural encounters to emerge in Irish World Music in the last ten years.” Mel Mercier Professor of Music, University College Cork
Éamonn and Niwel began working as a duo in 2005, and their immediate creative connection ignited a very productive musical period in both their careers.
Their resulting 2006 album “Nzela Molayi”, was accompanied by numerous high profile headline concerts, including Bray and Cork Jazz festivals, and critical acclaim including The Irish Times Siobhan Long’s declaration: “this duo had a cataclysm of moods and moves to share, unveiling a cavernous stash of redemptive music, and promise of much more to come.” They have worked on five original albums since and have contributed to many more.