Sunday 22 September 2019

Enniscorthy set for virtuoso guitar showcase

Eoin Coogan.
Eoin Coogan.

Brendan Keane

Enniscorthy will play host to a performance by two of the world's foremost finger-style guitarists later this month.

Eoin Coogan, from Carlow, and Giovanni Agostini, from Venezuela, will bring their current tour to the Presentation Centre on Saturday, August 31, at 8.30 p.m.

Giovanni Agostini, who has Italian roots, is a finger-style guitarist and composer who began studying guitar when he was 14.

Mainly self-taught, he also took private lessons for two years and went from acoustic to electric guitar before going on to study classical.

In 2012, he came to Dublin to complete his musical studies in jazz performance at Newpark Music Centre.

However, around that time in addition to the jazz programme he discovered finger-style on acoustic guitar and started exploring and experimenting with techniques, arranging songs, and composing music within that style.

Since graduating in 2016 he has worked as a full-time musician playing gigs, busking and teaching guitar.

Agostini released his debut album, 'Days Ahead', last March and is currently working on new material.

Eoin Coogan could best be described as a composer and orchestrator of vision into sound.

He has captivated audiences in Ireland and internationally.

His influences are very broad and this gives his music a unique identity of its own.

He is very influenced by blues legends such as BB King, Eric

Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan while also having the detailed dexterity that comes with finger-style guitar playing.

His achievements to-date include a recently successful crowd funding

campaign that enabled him to record his first album, 'The Child's Mind: The Inner Journey'.

He has toured extensively in Ireland and also filled a headline slot at the Archimedee Festival on Ortigia Island, Sicily.

For fans of guitar based music this gig could proved to be a highlighted of the year.

They will perform some of their own compositions in addition to well known classics.

Tickets are available at 053 9233000 or

Enniscorthy Guardian