Congolese guitarist and Donegal percussionist headline Guth Gafa Festival Club

Eamonn Niwel



Congolese guitarist, Niwel Tsumbu, and Irish multi-instrumentalist, Eamon Cagney are set to headline the Music bill at Guth Gafa’s Saturday night Festival Club out at Headfort House.

Since arriving in Ireland in 2004 from the Congo, Niwel Tsumbu has developed an enviable reputation as a masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, musician, collaborator and composer. He has performed with the finest Irish and international musicians while continuing to craft his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rhumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical.

Eamonn Cagney is a critically-acclaimed and world renowned percussionist, composer and musician. He shares his vast musical knowledge and musicianship in workshops across Ireland for those with an interest in learning about music and percussion.

Eamonn’s solo projects include compositions that fuse Central African music and bodhrán rhythm, but he has worked and collaborated with Julie Feeney, John Spillane and Liam O Maonlai.

The list of artists that Niwel has performed with also continues to grow each year.  Recently Niwel and Trasna (Mel Mercier, Liam O Maonlai) appeared at many Festivals around the world.  Niwel has also performed with artists such as Glen Hansard, Sinead O’Connor, Xiaohui Ma, Baaba Maal, Nigel Kennedy and many more.

Eamonn and Niwel’s reecent collaboration has been with accordionist Martin Tourish, with whom they perform as the group Treelan.

“A truly exceptional guitarist ”  Hot Press

Guth Gafa’s Festival Club starts at 10.30pm with the band playing at 11pm.  Entry to the Festival Club is free for anyone who holds a Guth Gafa Festival Pass or Saturday Cinema Ticket. For non-festival goers, there is a €10 cover charge.

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