Debut album 'Tapestry' available this September



"Listening to the cross-cultural blend of Navá one would think the two musical cultures of Persia and Ireland had been historically connected. They haven’t...until now. A pioneering musical collaboration." Carl Corcoran, presenter of ‘The Blue of the Night’, RTE Lyric FM.

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. Together these diverse musicians weave a beguiling tapestry of sound, ranging from Irish jigs and reels and Persian 'dastgáh' to original compositions and explosive improvisations.

Since forming in early 2016 they have performed at The Silk Road Film Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic, as part of the 'Listen At' and ‘Kaleidoscope’ concert series, Improvised Music Company's 'Hotter Than July' festival, and have received national airplay on RTE1's 'Arena Arts Show' and RTE Lyric FM's 'The Blue of the Night' radio show. They are also recent recipients of the Arts Council's 'Deis Recording Grant', which will support the recording of their debut album in April 2017.

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Shahab Coohe

Born into a family of music lovers, Shahab started his music education aged 8, 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.

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 group The Dixie Micks, Lisa Canny and The Blue Light Smugglers.

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.

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 Coservatoire 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


Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Sligo

A half hour performance of Iranian classical music by Shahab and Shayan followed by an hour long concert by the full band.


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