Handed Down – A Journey into Tradition with Máire O’Keeffe

Guest presenter, Máire O'Keeffe pictured with Handed Down co-founder, P.J. Teahan during her previous visit to Scartaglin. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Guest presenter, Máire O’Keeffe pictured with Handed Down co-founder, P.J. Teahan during her previous visit to Scartaglin. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Broadcaster, musician and teacher, Máire O’Keeffe will return to the Handed Down stage in Scartaglin on this Saturday night at 8pm.

The title of Ms. O’Keeffe’s lecture, Placing the Button Accordion in the Sliabh Luachra Context surely sets the tone for the evening and ensures a session of pure entertainment.

“Sliabh Luachra Music has been shaped by set dancing down through the years and, because of its volume and other strengths, the Button Accordion became very popular here and produced some great players and styles,” said Máire setting out her stall.

Development of the Instrument

Ms. O’Keeffe will trace that journey and chart the development of the instrument.

The melodeon and the Baldoni instruments were adopted by Kerry musicians in the USA and the C#D and BC players all fitted in to the Sliabh Luachra scene.

“We were looking forward to December and a visit from Màire as her knowledge is unending and we also get to hear her play,” said Handed Down co-founder, P.J. Teahan.

Con Moynihan and Denis O'Connor are Handed Down guests on Saturday night in Scartaglin. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Con Moynihan and Denis O’Connor are Handed Down guests on Saturday night in Scartaglin. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Long Note

Máire O’Keeffe’s time in broadcasting with RTÉ Radio One spanned from 1990 to 1992 when she was the researcher, scriptwriter and presenter of ‘The Long Note’ – one of RTE Radio One’s longest running traditional music programmes. She has also worked with Clare FM on a number of its traditional music programmes.

Special guests on Saturday night will include: box player, Eoghan O’Sullivan and guitarist, Paul de Grae of The Smokey Chimney gang with Luca O’Sullivan, Padraig Moynihan and Haruaki Saito from Japan who has a large repertoire of Johnny O Leary tunes.

Learning from The Master

Eleven year old, Michael Healy is learning his trade sitting in sessions with the great Jimmy Doyle.

Making guest appearances on the night will be local players Con Moynihan and Denis O’Connor. Sliabh Luachra singer, Christy Cronin and young musicians, Shane Curtin, Rockchapel and Rachel O’Connor who is a grand daughter of the late Maurice O’Keeffe of Kiskeam.

Saturday night, December 9th from 8pm sharp to 10.30pm at Scartaglin Heritage Centre. Admission: Adults €8 and Children U-12 €3.

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