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Meath-based band COSCÁN have been busy during the last two years, initially working on a new video and then composing and arranging new tunes. Fiddler Gerry Dogget has composed a couple of sets of new jigs, one inspired by stories about the ‘Four Sisters’ reputed to have lived in the four houses on either side of the square in the village of Slane. Another jig was composed in honour of his father, Peter, who encouraged and supported him in learning the fiddle at a young age. David Nevin has composed a waltz “The Tender Embrace” and another, more experimental tune with Gerry Doggett and Harry Long, ‘The Last Dance (On Main Street)’. Guitarist John Shankey’s father, himself a musician and songwriter, provided the inspiration for ‘Planxty Johnny Shankey’, composed by Harry Long. They are also working on a set of polkas, including ‘The Púca Polka’, which they performed recently at Slane Castle on Halloween night as part of the Púca Festival. Their music blends elements of traditional music with more contemporary, experimental styles and the work on new music continues on an ongoing basis. They are exploring different options in recording and video and continue to perform their unique blend of traditional and original music and songs for tour groups visiting Ireland. You can find out more at their website, coscan.ie or keep an eye on their Facebook page. The band also have a number of different videos up on YouTube.


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