"Listening to the cross-cultural blend of Nava one would think the two musical cultures of Persia and Ireland had been historically connected. They haven’t...until now. A pioneering musical collaboration."

– Carl Corcoran, RTÉ Lyric FM

Nava is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

Their debut album, ‘Tapestry’ was recorded at Hellfire Studios, an intimate studio in the Dublin Mountains, and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. It was launched at the National Concert of Ireland, Dublin in October 2017.

Since forming in early 2016 they have also performed at Doolin Folk Festival, Electric Picnic, WOMEX, Celtic Connections and Masters of The Tradition among others. 

Shahab Coohe – santoor
Niall Hughes – guitar/bass
Paddy Kiernan – banjo
Shayan Coohe – tombak/tar