Coda are a seven-singer band from the West of Ireland whose harmonies blend beautifully into a vast repertoire of acapella arrangements and self-accompanied songs with a traditional Irish twist. Joining them on the night are Sligo County Council’s Hearts Desire Choir and Kieran Quinn Theme Night Choir who will perform a suite of brand new arrangements by the one and only Dave Flynn.
Coda are; Declan Askin, Steve Bryant, Mike Cannon, Alan Drumm, Leonard Kelly, Brian Lennon and Conall Ó Domhnaill. Drawing on vocal talent from the West of Ireland, Coda began developing their own approach to vocal performance several years ago. Their debut album ‘mouthmusic’ released in 2013 was produced by Maurice Lennon, and their second album ‘Train of Spirits’ was produced by the legendary Dónal Lunny.
In 2021 Coda was commissioned to arrange and perform songs written by renowned Irish harpist and composer Turlough O’Carolan. They have a new album of these songs, featuring Westport-based harpist Freda Hatton, who will also join them for this performance.
Coda offers an exciting new perspective on traditional and contemporary folk songs, original compositions and popular songs. Their extensive repertoire includes both a capella arrangements and self-accompanied songs with a traditional Irish twist.
A performance by Coda is rare, if not unique – seven singers whose harmonies blend together beautifully complemented by multi-instrumentation as part of the package. They are joined for this performance by Westport-based harpist Freda Hatton.
Dave Flynn is a musician, performer and music teacher, originally from Wexford, now living in Sligo. He sang all his life! He studied at Ballyfermot College of Further Education and Newpark Music School in Blackrock. He has performed and recorded on both guitar and bass with Paddy Casey, Dave Couse and The Impossibles, The Guggenheim Grotto, Edwyn Collins and many others. A member of popular Sligo band Anything Goes, Dave is also a full member of the Kieran Quinn Theme Night Ensemble.
He is also an in-demand choirmaster and has worked on several Hawk’s Well Choir projects over the years including; Sligo sings and sings for hell. He worked with David Brophy on his hugely popular 2017 three-part RTE series The Choir Of Ages, with whom he still works and he recently worked with a new cross-generational choir, Glór Shligigh (co-funded by Music Generation Sligo and the HSE).
As well as running his own music school – Famous Dave Music, in Strandhill – he also works with Music Generation Sligo, teaching a variety of music lessons to primary and secondary school classes across County Sligo.
In late 2021, Hawk’s Well Theater approached Dave Flynn to ask him to work on a suite of new choral arrangements in 2022. Dave took over with vigor and produced a beautiful set of arrangements for a fine choice of songs. In this premiere of this new work, we are delighted to present Sligo County Council’s Hearts Desire Choir and Kieran Quinn Theme Night Choir who will perform Dave’s arrangements in the night.
‘Sometimes it comes completely out of left field, comes a group that blows your mind…. One of the most exciting bands I have ever heard. I can’t overstate how wonderful I think these guys are’
– Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show.