The guitarist and vocalist for the Trad band Socks in the Frying Pan, who’ve just returned from their 3rd very successful tour of the U.S. has now launched his debut solo album ‘If We Only Knew’ at the Ennis Trad Festival.
Having been brought up in the musically rich Coyne family where his grandfather Eamon and father Mick were both well respected traditional musicians, he began playing guitar at age fifteen and went on to win a number of acoustic competitions around the country. This in turn stemmed onto his time with the ‘Inis óg’ grúpa ceoil where he began to focus more on traditional Irish music and alternate guitar tunings especially ‘DADGAD’. With this, his music education continued at Dundalk Institute of Technology where he qualified with a B.A. in Applied Music in 2008.
He has performed at prestigious venues around the world in various bands as well as in a solo capacity. Some settings include the president of Ireland residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, the president of Maltas palace, at the North & South ministerial council, the Olympia and the Music Academy of Paris and the University of Cambridge.
More recently he has toured extensively performing at such renowned events as the Milwaukee Irish Fest, Winfield bluegrass festival, the festival of Oulu in Finalnd, the Kansas City Irish Fest and at Caltech University in California.
He was a founding member and the President of the Dundalk Music society. He has been teaching guitar and vocals for a number of years and has worked with ‘The Summer Music on the Shannon’ course in conjunction with ‘The Clare Music Makers Academy’ at the University of Limerick.
Not just limited to a musical skill-set, he has studied Arts Administration in Cork and has also studied Biochemistry in Limerick. His debut solo album “If We Only Knew” has been highly acclaimed:
“What might very well be the best CD release of the year” – Irish American News
“We could not recommend this CD more highly to you” – Live Ireland
“A traditional singer who is capable of continuing the Irish song tradition and joining the ranks of the great Irish vocalists” – Folk World