Dr Eamon Sweeney began his musical studies on the violin, picked up a guitar while in his teens and subsequently studied Classical guitar at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. While there he was exposed to the Baroque guitar, inspiring his doctoral research into the 17th-century instrument and its variants. He continued his further study of early plucked-instrument performance at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona.
Eamon teaches and performs extensively in a variety of genres and styles giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in his native Ireland and internationally. He is a member of a number of ensembles that focus on the performance and recording of early and Irish music, namely, Tonos, The Gregory Walkers and Sonamus. He is also committed to the provision of Community Music, Music in Healthcare Settings, and Early Years Music. Eamon is co-director of Alchemy Music – an organisation that supports a variety of multi-disciplinary arts events, school projects, music and health projects, and concerts throughout County Wicklow.
Eamon has collaborated with some of Ireland’s leading artists over the years including the late Seamus Heaney, Elaine Agnew, Brian Irvine, Mary Coughlan, Steve Cooney, and Theo Dorgan.
Eamon was the 2018/19 Music Network Artist-in-Residence at Mermaid Arts Centre. His work is regularly supported by bodies such as The Arts Council, Local Authority Arts Offices, Music Generation.