The final Handed Down presentation of 2016 will be given by Dr. Máire O’Keeffe on musician, teacher and music historian, Nicholas ‘Nicky’ McAuliffe of Knockachur, Knocknagoshel and now, Tullig, Castleisland.
Tralee native, Máire O’Keeffe is living in Kinvara in Co. Galway and is regarded as one of Kerry’s finest fiddle players.
A PhD from the University of Limerick was followed by a series of traditional music programmes for RTE Radio One. She has also recorded and guested on several CDs.
As a former student of Nicholas McAuliffe, Máire will reminisce about going for lessons and learning not only the tunes but their history and provenance and all about who first recorded or played them.
A widely regarded music historian, Nichloas McAuliffe’s opinions and sleeve notes are highly sought after as an imprimatur on many publications and musical recordings over the years.
His knowledge of traditional music its tunes and players is legendary and he has always been the man to go to for confirmation of facts about the genre.
Teaching Music Since 1970
“Nicholas McAuliffe has been teaching music since 1970 and our guests on December 10th will include some of his former pupils like: Emma O’Leary, Scartaglin and Padraig Buckley of Killarney,” said Handed Down / World Fiddle Day founder member, PJ Teahan.
“We will also hear some tunes composed by Nicholas and we have his playing partner and wife, Anne McAulliffe with friends, Mary Crowley and John Connolly lined up to perform also. Our young musicians are from the Killarney School of Music.
Scart Born Poet, Eileen Sheehan
“We’re delighted to welcome Scartaglin native, Eileen Sheehan from Killarney. An acclaimed poet, Eileen will recite some of her poems and this is a first for Handed Down.
“Eileen has a poem included in the newly released Best Loved Poems – Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland and we will have a raffle for a signed copy of the book on the night,” said PJ – who also asked that people attending the event to please be seated by 8pm.
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