Andy Cooney and his band

Renaissance Center presents An Evening of Irish Classics starring Andy Cooney

Release Date: 6/2/2004. Expired: 6/19/2004

Labeled by The New York Times as “Irish-America’s Favorite Son,” Andy Cooney brings his national tour to The Renaissance Center in Dickson for a performance to be taped for DVD and possible television broadcast.

Accompanied by some of Ireland’s top musicians, the Nashville String Machine and a world-class Irish dancer, Cooney presents An Evening of Irish Classics in the center’s intimate Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. June 19. Tickets for the show are $15 and $10 for seniors 55 and older.

Cooney also will be present for a pre-show dinner beginning at 6 p.m. There are a limited number of tickets for the dinner at $32, which includes a premium seat for the performance.

The concert will be taped by The Renaissance Center’s award-winning Multimedia Department for production of a DVD of the show as well as possible future television broadcasts.

“Andy Cooney began performing in the New York area 20 years ago and has become one of the top touring performers specializing in traditional and original Irish music,” said Steve Hall, senior director of the Multimedia Department. “We are excited to bring a performer as unique and exciting as Andy to Middle Tennessee and to have the opportunity to work on a video project with him.”

Cooney’s outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence make him a favorite with audiences as he renders songs ranging from all-time favorites like Galway Bay and Danny Boy to his own hit records such as The Irish Wedding Song, Boston Rose and Shannon River.

Music critics across the country have praised Cooney’s performances.

“Andy Cooney was the man who really brought the house down,” said WCPX-TV in Orlando, Fla. “Andy Cooney is a very refreshing talent,” John Henry wrote in Irish Echo. “Andy Cooney (is) a young singer with everything he needs to make it big... his engaging voice and style immediately captured the packed house,” said Allen Rose of the Orlando Sentinel. “Andy Cooney possesses an angel’s voice,” said Mike Farragher of the Irish Voice.

He began performing professionally in many of the well-known Irish establishments in the New York area at the age of 17. Paddy Noonan, one of the most popular Irish bandleaders, asked a 19-year-old Cooney to join his tour in 1986, giving him his first national exposure. In 1994, Cooney put together his own band and began touring the country.

One of nine children of a deep-rooted Irish-American family, Cooney began singing Irish songs as a child with his grandfather and was performing at family and church gatherings at the age of five.

He has released nine solo albums, eight on the Rego Records label. His 2002 album, Galway Shawl, is the label’s number-one selling CD.

Cooney’s latest release, One For The Ages, showcases his strengths as a vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer. He wrote four songs on the new album and the title track is a powerful duet with renowned Irish-Country singer Louise Morrissey. As always, he has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in Ireland such as Des Moore, Neal Healy, John Ryan, Noel Kelehan and Ray Lynam, as well as Irish musicians in the United States like Joanie Madden, Eamon O’Rourke, Gabriel Donohue, Martin Connolly and Kris Wilkinson.

In addition to his standing as one of the top Irish singers in the country, Cooney has been working with some of the top acts in country music, including the Oak Ridge Boys, The Statlers, Larry Gatlin and Charlie Daniels. Cooney says the crossover is natural since so much of country music has Irish roots.

Nine years ago Cooney put together The Cruise of Irish Stars and it has continued to grow in popularity, drawing almost 800 people in February 2004 and expecting to surpass 1,000 next year. Some of Cooney’s cruise guest performers have included Noel V. Ginnity, star of Doyle’s Irish Cabaret, and Tony Kenny, star of Jury’s Irish Cabaret.

Joining Cooney on stage for the Dickson performance will be some of Ireland’s top musicians, The Nashville String Machine and Oliver Cassells, a world-class Irish dancer direct from Lord of the Dance.

“This evening promises to be unlike any other performance The Renaissance Center has presented,” said Hall. “Andy is known to be a true professional bringing the best of Irish entertainment wherever he tours. His talent and versatility provide the ability to deliver a song directly to the hearts of his audience.”

For more information on An Evening of Irish Classics with Andy Cooney, call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600. To purchase tickets for the show and/or dinner, call (615)740-5570.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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