United Nations Feel to Scart on World Fiddle Day

 Jackie Daly, Emma O’Leary and Kirill Healy played the final notes in a day long session at Kearney’s Bar in Castleisland on Sunday evening to wind up 2017 World Fiddle Day.

While Saturday was the main day there were outbreaks of music in Scartaglin on Friday night and in the aforementioned Kearney’s on Sunday.

Kirill Healy, the young Killcummin concertina and whistle player, brought a respectful silence to the house on Sunday evening with a haunting rendition of the old Irish air, Taimse I M’ Chodladh Is Ná Duistear Mé.

Equal Brilliance

He played it on his new American whistle as he alternated between tunes on both instruments with equal brilliance.

He handed a whistle to Jackie Daly who then proceeded to play another beautiful Irish air.

Emma O’Leary, on fiddle, is a former All-Ireland winner on the whistle.

They were joined at various times during the day by other local and visiting musicians like: Jackie Dan Jerry O’Connor, Mike O’Leary, Con Moynihan and Cormac O’Mahony.

Many Nationalities

Scartaglin on Saturday was a bit like the United Nations with people of many nationalities dipping in and out of sessions in the three village pubs and the nearby heritage centre.

There was a fiddle workshop with a difference on Saturday as Brian Phelan-Luthier set up a table and vice outside Lyons’ Bar for his Tralee based fiddle repair business.

There wasn’t a car parking space to be had anywhere in the village and it prompted one local man to worry about emergency vehicle access if the need arose.

Planning Already

P.J. Teahan, Mick Culloty and Tomás MacUileagóid can be well pleased with their efforts and Scartaglin as a venue is nothing short of ideal for all kinds of cultural and historic reasons.

Though Saturday’s weather forecast was anything but promising, the few showers that did come were well scattered and didn’t inhibit the movement of people between the different venues.

Planning is already afoot for the new season of Handed Down which will recommence after the summer recess and there’s already a gem of an idea for one of the night’s programmes. This is based on the discovery of material which will be of great interest to the Scartaglin and wider area.

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