In an excerpt from a programme from the long-running RTÉ Radio One, Sunday morning series, Sunday Miscellany, Matt Cranitch broadcast a distillation from his years of study of Patrick O’Keeffe, his life and music.
In the ‘music special’ programme, broadcast in June 2016, and in the strict time allotted to him, Matt covered all aspects of O’Keeffe’s short career as a teacher and his subsequent journey through four decades as a wandering musician and music teacher.
Matt Cranitch is this year’s recipient of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Award.
This award is presented to people who have dedicated time and effort to the preservation and promotion and of the music of Sliabh Luachra.
Thank to P.J. Teahan for being on the ball on the morning of the broadcast and for sending on the tip.
P.J.’s exhibition will form part of the opening chapter of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival on this Friday night at 9pm at the River Island Hotel and Matt Cranitch will do the honours here.
That Morning’s Programme
That particular morning’s programme marked the beginning of the 2016 season of traditional music festivals with a look at the world of traditional music and musicians.
New short essays:
The Harvest Home by Emer Mayock
Piping by Terry Moylan
Mheall Sí Lena Glórthaí Mé le Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Pádraig’s Code by Matt Cranitch
Listen…. by Mary O’Malley
The music featured:
‘The Monaghan Jig and Nóra Críonna’ played by Mary Bergin
‘Garrett Barry’s and The Virginia’ played by Pat Mitchell on pipes
‘Mheall Sí Lena Glórthaí Mé’ performed by Clannad
Two Polkas- The Top of Maol and The Humours of Ballydesmond played by Pádraig Ó Keefe with Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford
‘Bean Pháidín’ sung by Joe Heaney
While the whole programme is lyrically and musically beautiful, you’ll find Matt’s broadcast at 25:19 into the podcast, through the link here: https://rte.ie/r.html?rii=b9_10591234_68_03-07-2016_
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