Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton Concert
Sunday May 22nd at 7pm
Irish Music on Two Guitars
Flynn Cohen & Matt Heaton are two of the most sought-after Irish music accompanists in the Northeast United States. They each keep a busy calendar of performing & touring dates with various projects: Cohen is the guitarist in fiddle band Annalivia and with Irish accordion legend John Whelan; Heaton performs with award-winning flutist/singer Shannon Heaton. But since 2008, the pair has been performing as a duo, bringing their considerable experience to this unique pairing.
Dirty Linen called Cohen a “versatile string virtuoso” and Acoustic Guitar said that Heaton “nails it all down with his powerfully textured guitar “.
Whether on guitar, bouzouki or mandolin, Cohen and Heaton draw inspiration from the classic recordings of the 1970s while bringing in bucketloads of modern arranging sensibilities. Flatpicked jigs & reels learned from the master Irish and bluegrass fiddle players nestle comfortably alongside original compositions. Songs are drawn from tradition and from songwriters like Richard Thomposon.
Cohen and Heaton knew each other for years from the vibrant Boston Irish session scene. But it was the Boston Celtic Music Festival brought them together. They decided to take on the task of covering the classic Paul Brady/Andy Irvine album—in it’s entirety. (Little did they know that Paul & and Andy had the same idea a month later!) After hours of work meticulously transcribing and rehearsing that material, the duo decided it was too much fun to not keep playing together. Their repertoire grew from the initial project to its current state, reflecting intricate arranging sensibilities while exploring the role of the guitar as a melodic instrument.
Heaton plays a Martin guitar from the late 90s, & a Davy Stuart octave mandolin. Cohen plays a David Oddy OM guitar, a recently rebuilt waldzither and a Gibson A style mandolin (just like Andy’s!) .