Collaboration is at the heart of Éamonn Cagney’s music. Of his longstanding duo with Niwel Tsumbu, the Irish Times commented: ‘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,’ calling Cagney’s intricate percussion talent ‘calculus-like’. The list of Cagney’s collaborators is wide-ranging, including Liam Ó Maonlaí, Roger Doyle, the Abbey Theatre, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, John Spillane, Martin Tourish (Altan), Míchéal Ó Súilleabháin, Denise Chaila, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Lisa O’Neill and Louis César Ewande—stellar musicians all.
Cagney’s collaborative spirit is displayed on the title track of his second album Enchantment, a collaboration with Niwel Tsumbu (nylon string guitar) and Martin Tourish (button accordion). Opening with martial-sounding block chords on the nylon-string guitar, the tune soon shifts into a weaving traditional Irish jig whose melody is doubled on guitar and accordion over congas, djembe and shaker. Here is a spine-tingling effect: a genuinely twenty-first Irish music dancing across genres and styles, carrying national artistic heritage into a global future.
With Niwel Tsumbu
– Niwel Tsumbu with Éamonn Cagney single: “Words of Wisdom”
Éamonn’s World-Irish Percussion group RITHIM is comprised of Cuban, Irish, Swiss, Ghanaian and Congolese percussionists.
Éamonn is percussionist with the Mamasongue show, featuring music and musicians from all over the world woven into a two hour show that showcases the incredible voice of singer and performer Camilla Griehsel.
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