Browne’s Bar on Castleisland’s Lower Main Street will host a house full of musicians this Wednesday night August 12th to honour the fourth anniversary of Mike Kenny’s passing.
The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival founder member, artist, sculptor, musician and singer passed away on August 12th 2011and his loss is still sorely felt by his family and the many close friends he made.
On the second anniversary of his passing his cousin, Ted Kenny sponsored a cup for an up and coming musician from the Sliabh Luachra area. Piper, multi instrumentalist and double All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil winner, Micheál Ó Sé won the Mike Kenny Memorial Perpetual Cup award in its inaugural year. Last year’s recipient was 2014 TG4 Young Musician of the Year, Bryan O’Leary.
Killarney musician, Cian O’Sullivan is the 2015 winner and the presentation of the award will be made at 10pm in Browne’s Bar on Wednesday night.
This will be followed by the kind of session for which the house has long been noted and the beating heart of Sliabh Luachra Music will rest lightly there.
Friends of the late Mike Kenny are cordially invited to attend the event and reminiscences and stories will be retold in an atmosphere in which he reveled during his all too short life.
Most Renown House
Browne’s has become the most renown house in the region as a haven for the music of the area. You can find the finest of tunes wafting out the open door on most Sunday evenings, Tuesday and Friday nights and indeed any other night if the fit takes the exponents.
Wednesday night’s award recipient, Cian O’Sullivan is from the Killarney based Fiddleheads group. He’s another of the new strand of musicians woven into the fabric of the Sliabh Luachra way of such things.
His highly educated, bow or fiddle, hand provides another assuring stroke on the furrowed brows of an older generation who fear for the future of the music of this charmed area. Come and listen on Wednesday night and fear no more.