Etain McCooey - 'Irish' Oboe/Tin Whistle
Etain McCooey has developed a uniquely 'Irish' oboe style by combining her classical oboe training with her knowledge of Irish whistle style and technique. She studied oboe under Helmut Seeber and took master classes with Chicago Symphony legend Ray Still. She has been working as an orchestral player in Limerick and Galway over the past number of years in addition to playing for various musicals and shows around the country. She plays with the Limerick based Oirbsen Wind Ensemble and guested with the Newfoundland Symphony youth orchestra on their tour of Ireland and Wales.
Etain’s interest in traditional music began in Wexford where she learned tin whistle and worked with innovative band ‘Dorchadas’, which combined classical and traditional music and instruments performing original compositions through the Irish language.
Etain has won eight all Ireland titles including the President’s Award at Slogadh and a number of national Feis awards, winning the Tara Shield three times, and has appeared on the Late Late Show and RTE’s Puirini. Her interest in traditional and folk music further developed while living in Dublin, where she introduced the oboe to trad music sessions. Etain also works as a session musician and recording work includes Frank Cullen's traditional music album "And All Points West" and Tony Boylan's "Life's the Teacher". She was commissioned to compose music for the Hidden History TV series – “Duffy’s Cut”. Etain teaches oboe with Coole Music in Gort.