Back to the Well for Handed Down Scartaglin Saturday February 18th 8pm

In Scartaglen in May 2022 for the launch of the Handed Down Archive on the eve of World Fiddle Day were: event organiser, PJ Teahan (left) with fellow musicians and this month’s returning guests, Aoife Nic Chormaic and Steve Larkin. ©Photograph: John Reidy 21-5-2022
Evocation itself: Julia Clifford on her iconic fiddle with her sister Bridgie Kelliher on a ‘field trip’ presumably in Lisheen.

A great night’s entertainment and a good crowd carried the night in Scartaglen Heritage Centre on Saturday as Matt Cranitch expertly conducted the ‘Picture Paints a Thousand Words’ programme in the ever delightful, always surprising Handed Down series.

“Now as the evenings get brighter and spirits lift we are getting ready for this month’s Handed Down presentation on Saturday, February 18th. at 8pm.,” said concept founder member, P.J.Teahan.

Long Links with Radio Éireann

Our area has a unique and long history with Radio Éireann and we’re delighted that RTÉ Radio One Rolling Wave presenter and fiddle player, Aoife Nic Chormaic is coming down with fiddler Steve Larkin to give a Handed Down talk on Julia Clifford and her sister Bridgie Kelliher.

“We sent up a great photo of the two sisters walking in a field near Bridgie’s house and asked what kind of reaction it evoked.

“Of course, as fiddle players, they identified with the spirit, joy and pure Sliabh Luachra history that the photo conveys,” said P.J.

And More Music – Of Course

“And there will be some great music as we have two fine fiddle players in Seán Abeyta and Rhona O’Driscoll guesting with our own Mick Culloty and two young Kerry fiddlers, Sean Fleming, Kilcummin and Seán Michael Redican from Ballyroe playing tunes from the archives associated with Julia and Denis Murphy.

“And from Cullen, Co. Cork we introduce Óisín and Muireann O’Connor complete our lineup.

“Our sincere thanks to NEWKD for their support for this series,” said P.J. in conclusion.

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