Navá is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe. Since forming in early 2016 they have performed extensively at home and internationally. Recent accolades include their nomination for Best Folk Group at the 2022 RTE Folk Awards.
Their three recordings ‘Tapestry’ (2016), Sojourns Vol.1 (2020) and Toranj (2022) were recorded at Hellfire Studios, an intimate studio in the Dublin Mountains, overseen by Adrian Hart (I Draw Slow, Yurodny) and Tony Byrne (Julie Fowlis, Danù), and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Each album charts a unique sonic landscape, weaving material from the Irish and Persian traditions alongside numerous other styles, into a beguiling tapestry of sound, and treats listeners to a joyous exploration of the connection between two venerable musical cultures.
Doolin Folk Festival
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Fleadh TV 2022
Philidelphia Folk Festival 2020
Masters of the Tradition
Irish Times (Album Reviews April 2022) '... Toranj is a stunning snapshot of the band on a hugely impressive upward trajectory. Catching them live is a must, as these tunes will surely glisten in the heat of live performance..' - Siobhán Long
Songlines (#134 Jan/Feb 2018) 'Wherever the source of the music lies, the group manage to create a new home for it in the space created by their sensitive and dynamic playing. 4/5 Stars' - Tom Newall
Fatea Records (January 2018) 'The individual, and rather mesmerising, quality of Nava’s invention is perhaps most strikingly felt on the pieces of Iranian origin, although the Irish tunes also spring some surprises...' - David Kidman
The Thin Air (December 2017) 'Nava’s musical make-up and blisteringly sharp instrumentation boil over into a debut effort that’s eccentric, incomparable, and essential. 4.5/5 Stars' - Aaron Drain
Irish Music Magazine (December 2017) '... the familiarity in the music and instruments as can be heard on Tapestry demonstrates the importance of what Nava has done with this record, which is breaking new ground on the global musical landscape.' - Derek Copley