Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever
started playing together about fifteen years ago. They met through the vibrant Edinburgh music scene but neither are Edinburgh natives; Éamonn is from Ireland and Kris is from Orkney. They have performed and toured together at various intervals since then, augmenting the busy schedules they have performing separately with other bands and musicians.
Songlines described Drever & Coyne’s début duo album ‘Honk Toot Suite‘, as ‘a breath of fresh air’ with its ‘mutually attuned musicianship of the first order’ and ‘its immense yet ultra‐supple sophistication’.
Recorded in Scotland in Autumn 2012, ‘Storymap‘ is Coyne & Drever’s second duo recording of trad folk and song. The uniquely talented Éamonn Coyne dazzles on both the banjo and tenor guitar. The highly rated, award‐winning vocalist Kris Drever arranges the trad songs, sings simply and disarmingly, and plays the guitar and mandolin. A host of talented musical friends feature on the new album including Eliza Carthy, Simon Bradley, Megan Henderson, Calum McIntyre, Nico Bruce, Eamonn Nugent and Alan Kelly (of the Eddi Reader Band).
The most recent release from Kris with Éamonn, called Mareel EP, was recorded in May 2014 at Mareel in Lerwick, Shetland with the help of some fine musicians: Louise Thomason and Freda Leask on backing vocals; Graham Malcolmson on Double Bass; Margaret Scollay on Piano; Maurice Henderson and Ewen Thomson on Fiddles and Ross Couper on Fiddle and Snare Drum. Some of these Shetland musicians are also Kris’s new neighbours.