Tuesday 28 January 2020

Sinead has 'beautiful chemistry'

Ken Sweeney

SINGER Sinead O'Connor will perform two more acoustic gigs with her new husband Steve Cooney this weekend -- before the pair begin their honeymoon.

Music fans attending a performance by the couple at a music festival in Madrid last Wednesday night spoke of a "beautiful chemistry" between the pair as they joined together to perform a string of O'Connor's best-known songs.

Australian Cooney, who married the 44-year-old Irish singer last week, should be well versed in Sinead's songbook, having been O'Connor's guitar player for the past four years. He is also a former member of Stockton's Wing.

However, their musical relationship stretches even further back, to before the Dubliner was ever famous.

As a 14-year-old backing vocalist for Irish band In Tua Nua, O'Connor was introduced to Cooney when he produced the band at studios owned by the late broadcaster Eamon Andrews on Harcourt Street in the early 1980s.

O'Connor and Cooney have two more acoustic dates in Spain this weekend -- in Valladolid and Girona -- before they begin their honeymoon.

The announcement that O'Connor had married for the third time was made on her website last week accompanied by a photograph of the couple kissing after the service.

"We who run this site are very happy to announce the marriage of Steve Cooney and Sinead O'Connor has taken place this morning," the statement said.

"Thanks be to the Great Lord Jah. Rastafari. Dread I. Conquering Lion I. One love."

Irish Independent

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