Jimmy Doyle of Sliabh Luachra – Handed Down by Bryan O’Leary

In the can: Box player, Jimmy Doyle (centre) pictured with Céilí House presenter,  Kieran Hanrahan (left) and producer, Peter Browne after the recording of the special on the charismatic musician in Fagin's Bar in Castleisland in April 2009. ©Photograph: John Reidy 18/04/2009

In the can: Box player, Jimmy Doyle (centre) pictured with Céilí House presenter, Kieran Hanrahan (left) and producer, Peter Browne after the recording of the special on the charismatic musician in Fagin’s Bar in Castleisland in April 2009. ©Photograph: John Reidy 18/04/2009

The final Handed Down of the 2016/17 series will honour one of Co. Kerry’s favourite musicians, Jimmy Doyle.

Presented by Bryan O’Leary, it promises to be a great night at the Heritage Centre in Scartaglin at 8pm on this Saturday, April 22nd.

Special guest musicians on the night will include: Jimmy Doyle, himself with Connie O’Connell, Eibhlin De Paor, Joe O’Sullivan and Ciarán O Sullivan.

Jimmy O’Brien Guest Singer

The featured young musicians are: Jamie O’Donoghue and Kayleigh Doyle who are grandchildren of Jimmy Doyle. The guest singer is Jimmy O’Brien.

“We would like to thank all who attended this season’s Handed Down and look forward to welcoming all to World Fiddle Day on May 20th in Scartaglin,” said Handed Down co-founder, PJ Teahan.

Settling in for a post Handed Down session at Lyons's Bar in Scartaglin on a recent Saturday night were: Bryan O'Leary, Jimmy Doyle, Jamie O'Donoghue, Kirill Healy and Billy Clifford. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Settling in for a post Handed Down session at Lyons’s Bar in Scartaglin on a recent Saturday night were: Bryan O’Leary, Jimmy Doyle, Jamie O’Donoghue, Kirill Healy and Billy Clifford. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The day will include a full programme of events and will start at 12 noon.

One of the most charismatic of Kerry’s cherished musicians of the Sliabh Luachra tradition, Jimmy Doyle has featured on many radio and television programmes.

Céilí House Special

He had a Céilí House special dedicated to him and his music in August 2009. The programme was recorded in Fagin’s / Hartnett’s Bar on the previous April with a host of musicians and singers in attendance.

Jimmy was also the recipient of the Dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra Award at the 2009 Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival.

In that he joined a list of the genre’s finest exponents and promoters, like: Paddy Cronin, Mikey Duggan, Johnny O’Leary, Paddy Jones and broadcasters, Peter Browne and Ciarán Mac Mathúna.

Saturday night’s Handed Down will start at 8pm sharp and patrons are asked that they be seated before this.

Award recipient, Maurice O'Keeffe pictured with Gerry Harrington (left) Peter Browne, Cormac O'Mahony and Mr. O'Keeffe's granddaughter, Eileen O'Keeffe during the 2007 Patrick O'Keeffe festival concert at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre. ©Photograph: John Reidy 28/10/2007

Award recipient, Maurice O’Keeffe pictured with Gerry Harrington (left) Peter Browne, Cormac O’Mahony and Mr. O’Keeffe’s granddaughter, Eileen O’Keeffe during the 2007 Patrick O’Keeffe festival concert at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre.
©Photograph: John Reidy 28/10/2007

RTÉ Rolling Wave Tribute to Maurice O’Keeffe RIP

The Rolling Wave on Sunday night did its own feature on the late Sliabh Luachra / Kiskeam fiddle player, Maurice O’Keeffe.

Maurice provided the inspiration for many a track on CD compilations of a later generation of fiddlers. Those who credited him in ink or in conversation often spoke of his generosity. He shared whatever material he had and the visitors, invariably, got what they came for.

Noel Hill’s Live in New York

On this edition of The Rolling Wave, Peter Browne included some Easter songs with a listen to Noel Hill’s ‘Live in New York’ recordings.

And the Jimmy Doyle / Handed Down special in Scart on Saturday night also got a mention from the presenter.

In the course of Peter Browne’s tribute you’ll here the voice of the late Dan O’Connell the famous Knocknagree publican as he introduces Maurice playing ‘Sweet King Williamstow’ and a blast of lively polkas and slides. You’ll also hear Kilcummin box player John Brosnan playing a couple of hornpipes with Maurice.

Interviews with Maurice

Here too, Peter’s collecting side comes to the fore with a gem of an interview with Maurice on two separate occasions. Maurice’s fiddle teacher, John Lenihan is spoken about on both recordings -  with related matters.

And there’s a wonderful segment with Maurice and Kieran Hanrahan on Céilí House when he was 88 years of age, Maurice – not Kieran.

Castleisland was well represented at Maurice’s funeral in Kiskeam on Thursday and Friday, March 23rd and 24th. May he Rest in Peace.

If you wish to hear the segment of The Rolling Wave on Maurice O’Keeffe you can go to 36:10 in. However, as always, the whole programme is well worth a listen by clicking on the link:   http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9_10711584_1852_16-04-2017

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