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The biography
of Etain McCooey
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Etain McCooey

Principal Oboe / Cor Anglais / Tin Whistle

Profile for Etain McCooey

Etain is an oboist, cor anglais and tinwhistle player living in Doolin, Co. Clare.  She has developed a uniquely ‘Irish’ oboe style by combining her classical oboe training with her knowledge of Irish whistle style and technique.   Etain plays with the Irish Memory Orchestra, world music trio ‘Jaskane’ and works as a session musician.

She has performed in South Korea, Denmark, Moscow and London as well as throughout Ireland.  Her interest in traditional and folk music developed while living in Dublin, where she introduced the oboe to trad music sessions.   Etain was commissioned to compose music for the Hidden History TV series (‘Duffy’s Cut’) and continues to compose new music for the trio ‘Jaskane’ . She recently released ‘Wildlands’ original trad style music on oboe and cor anglais inspired by the wildlife and landscape around Doolin.

Etain has created music workshops for children based on her children’s book ‘Deefer’s Day Out’ incorporating the story, newly composed music and songs for the characters, which have been performed at Lime Tree Theatre Limerick, Watchhouse Cross Library, Limerick and for a tour of Clare Library Service and Primary Schools in Co Clare.

She teaches oboe at Clare Music Makers and holds an MA in Community Music from University of Limerick.

Profile for Etain McCooey