'Tapestry' available on CD or download HERE

Music

About

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 at Bray Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic, Celtic Connections Festival, IMBOLC Festival, as part of the 'Listen At' and ‘Kaleidoscope’ concert series, and have received national airplay on RTE1's 'Arena Arts Show' and RTE Lyric FM's 'The Blue of the Night'.

Their debut album, ‘Tapestry’ was 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.

The album charts a unique sonic landscape, weaving material from the Irish and Persian traditions into a beguiling tapestry of sound, and treats listeners to a joyous exploration of the connection between two venerable musical cultures.

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Santoor

Shahab Coohe

Born into a family of music lovers, Shahab started his music education aged eight, under the direction of Majid Kiani, one of the contemporary masters of the santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that pre-dates the duclimer and piano). He also plays violin and is currently studying performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Guitar/Bass

Niall Hughes

Originally from County Mayo, Niall now lives in Dublin where is widely known as one of the most versatile and creative bass players in Ireland. He currently plays with a whole host of bands across the musical spectrum including Afro-Soul band Fehdah, modern string band Pine Marten, Irish singer Eleanor Shanley, The Lisa Canny Band and The Blue Light Smugglers.
Banjo

Paddy Kiernan

Paddy is one of Ireland's most in-demand banjo players and teachers. He currently plays with Roots/Bluegrass band Lands End, the Niall Toner Band and modern string band Pine Marten. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5 string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music Programme.
Tombak/Tar

Shayan Coohe

Shayan started playing the Tombak under the direction of Master Arjang Kamkar at the age of seven and went on to study Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar). Shayan continued his studies at the Conservatoire of Music in Tehran aged 11. He also plays Daf, Setar and Tanbour and is currently studying Clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Upcoming Gigs

5
DEC

Kaleidoscope Night, Dublin

Described by The Irish Times as a “genre-blind mini festival” and the “capital’s premiere salon series”, Kaleidoscope has long been acclaimed as a hugely important pillar of Dublin musical life. More info here.
31
JAN

Celtic Connections, Glasgow

Headline show in The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite. More info here.
15
FEB

Folk Alliance International Conference

Showcasing as part of the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. More info here.

Selected past performances

Doolin Folk Festival

Celtic Connections

WOMEX 2018

National Concert Hall, Dublin

IMBOLC

Fleadh TV 2018

Masters of the Tradition 2018

Press

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

Folk Radio UK (October Album Reviews 2017) '...a new and exciting path for music, as different cultures come together and create the new musical hybrid of the future.' - Phil Vanderyken

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

Contact

For booking and general inquires please use the links below.