‘From the Master’s Hand’ – First Handed Down of 2019

Matt Cranitch has done radio broadcasts and a university thesis on his study on the life and music of Patrick O’Keeffe. Photograph: John Reidy / Photograph of Patrick O’Keeffe by the late Liam Clancy.

January in Scartaglin has become synonymous with the visit of Co. Cork fiddler and historian, Matt Cranitch to present a Handed Down talk.

Always great value, his research and delivery has always kept our audiences enthralled to the end of the evening,” said series co-founder, PJ Teahan.

First of 2019

This first talk of 2019 will be held at Scartaglin Heritage Centre on Satrurday night, January 26th at 8pm sharp.

“The title and guest might sound familiar as it was due to be held last season, however, unfortunately illness caused its cancellation.

Were delighted to bring the topic of Pàdraig O’Keeffe’s fiddle lessons and a description of what that consisted of and what he looked for in particular from his student in the ways of bowing and timing etc,” said PJ.

Shared Memories

We have as a special guest and one of his final pupils from 1962. Martin O’Connor originally from Castlehill, Cordal who has shared his memories with Matt.

This is new and unheard testimony and is not to be missed. Our special musical guest is All-Ireland accordion winner Conor Moriarty from Kilcummin who is making his first appearance at Handed Down.

Dave Buckley and Breda Joy

Returning to sing for us is Coolnageagh great, Dave Buckley and author Breda Joy will read one of her short stories and we are delighted to have young musicians with Scartaglin connections.

From North Kerry, Katie and Ava Joyce and their friends from Ballybunion CCE: Aoibheann Buckley, Sine Fogarty, Calvin Healy and Aishling Cooke.

Katie and Ava are daughters of Betty Boyle from Mullen whose father Jimmy is a great supporter of Handed Down.

Firsts for Scart Young Musicians

Cormac Walsh son of John and Nora Walsh is playing and Seàn Butler ,also on accordion, is son of Mossie and Margaret Butler,

They become the two first Scartaglin young musicians from the Philip Shine music classes at the Heritage Centre to grace the stage.

This will be a night not to be missed and please be seated by 7.55pm,” PJ concluded.

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