Legendary Galway box player to recap on fifty year career

Matt Cunningham and his daughter Ita in the IrishTV studios earlier this week for the filming of an anniversary special celebrating Matt's fifty years in music.

Matt Cunningham and his daughter Ita in the IrishTV studios earlier this week for the filming of an anniversary special celebrating Matt's fifty years in music.

Legendary Galway box player Matt Cunningham will talk about his 50-year career on a special IrishTV programme tonight, July 24, at 8pm

The programme can be seen across Ireland, the UK, and Europe on Sky channel 191, Freesat 400, Eircom’s eVision, all free-to-air boxes, and online at Irishtv.ie The Headford native, who is embarking on another whirlwind UK tour, said that he hopes to play as long as his “fingers keep moving”.

Regarding his passion for music, Mr Cunningham said: “Music is in my blood, my father and grandfather played. I remember as a young fellow listening to house sessions around Headford and you could see that music was important to people. There was something special about the bond between musicians and I wanted to be part of it.”

Mr Cunningham has played in every county in Ireland over the past 50 years, with regular tours and shows in America, England, Italy, France and Greece. This week Mr Cunningham and his band embark on another voyage across the Irish Sea for his 26th UK tour.

Tonight’s programme, which will be repeated on Friday at 9pm, is part of IrishTV’s commitment to bringing viewers the best in country, traditional, and folk music.

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