Welcome to Matt Cunningham’s website
The Matt Cunningham Band has a long association with the set and ceili dancing traditions and through an acclaimed series of recordings and constant touring schedule it continues to delight audiences at home and abroad while at the same time endeavouring to safeguard the tradition. Matt, who lives in Headford, Co.Galway, formed his own band in 1972 having been a member of several other groups since his early teens. He and his band are not only applauded for their powerful performances at set and ceili dances but also for their many concert style shows and related recordings.
Matt’s collection of recordings (the most extensive available) in the Dance Music of Ireland series are an extremely important resource for dance teachers, students, and enthusiasts alike. These recordings have no doubt, in their own way, been responsible for the dissemination and preservation of set and ceili dancing.
Matt and his band tour Britain and the United States annually and have been playing on cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the Greek Islands since the late 80’s.In addition to having played in many parts of the world, Matt has also entertained such people as Pope John Paul II and the illustrious Kennedy Family. He has been teaching music for the past 30 years and many young musicians continue to bear the fruits of his talent. Matt currently has 26 albums, 6 DVDs, and a platinum disc to his credit. He has passed the test of time – he is a true ambassador of Irish Music.