Category Archives: Traditional Irish Music

Con Curtin Festival 2017 Details Launched

Con Curtin Festival 2017 Details Launched

Details have been released of the 2017 Con Curtin Music Festival in Brosna Village. The village will be a hive of music related activity from June 23rd -25th this year in honour of the late, great Sliabh Luachra fiddler. The festival will get underway on Friday night June 23rd with a top class traditional concert… Read more…

Handed Down: Learning from the Master – Nicholas McAuliffe

Handed Down: Learning from the Master – Nicholas McAuliffe

The final Handed Down presentation of 2016 will be given by Dr. Máire O’Keeffe on musician, teacher and music historian, Nicholas ‘Nicky’ McAuliffe of Knockachur, Knocknagoshel and now, Tullig, Castleisland. Tralee native, Máire O’Keeffe is living in Kinvara in Co. Galway and is regarded as one of Kerry’s finest fiddle players. A PhD from the… Read more…

Artistic Date Pencilled In for O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival

Artistic Date Pencilled In for O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is delighted to announce that the supremely talented artist Finn Harper will be attending this year’s festival in Castleisland. Originally from County Wexford but living in Limerick for the past nine years, Finn Harper is a young accomplished Irish musician with a BA in Irish Music and is a self-taught… Read more…

August 9th-11th Dates for First Sliabh Luachra Music Summer School

August 9th-11th Dates for First Sliabh Luachra Music Summer School

It’s great to hear about events being organised and happening right where they ought to. Next month’s Sliabh Luachra Summer School in Tureencahill Community Centre is just one of these. This event will consist of three days of music, talks and performances to highlight the music and musicians of the Sliabh Luachra area on August… Read more…

New Business Flowing Through Irish Host Family Initiative

New Business Flowing Through Irish Host Family Initiative

Few natives ever give Castleisland and its environs the kind of credit it gets from the director of a rapidly growing and innovative business which she founded and based here. Antoinette Butler is a native of the deeply historic county of Waterford and she’s the director of Irish Host Family.ie. This is a fast-growing Castleisland-based… Read more…

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Brochure Launched

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Brochure Launched

The organising committee of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival has just released its 2015 festival programme. It contains all the details locals and visitors require to locate their favourite musicians and venues for the duration of the event from its opening night at 8pm on Friday night right through to closing time on Monday… Read more…

Help Sharon Shannon Find her Imposter Father !

Help Sharon Shannon Find her Imposter Father !

Ranting is the very last feature you’d associate with Sharon Shannon’s personality. However, when a girl has to stand up and defend her 87 year-old daddy’s honour, name and reputation, Sharon let rip. The target of her rant and ripping cupla focal is an accordion playing imposter who travels the country’s music festivals claiming he’s… Read more…

Photo Files Filtered for Fiddle Day

Photo Files Filtered for Fiddle Day

World Fiddle Day Kerry founder member, PJ Teahan asked me to show a handful of the photographs I’ve taken of music related events and people down through the past 30 odd years. I’ve compiled a collection of 50 which will be shown in a slide show at 6-30pm on Saturday evening. This will happen amid… Read more…

Connie’s Book Celebration and Curtins Return to Browne’s

Connie’s Book Celebration and Curtins Return to Browne’s

Gaeltacht Mhúscraí fiddle player, Connie O’Connell from Cill Na Martra is no stranger to Castleisland. He has just published and book and a pair of CDs of his own compositions. He made a present of a copy of the book to Browne’s Bar in recognition of its fostering of the music of the area and… Read more…

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Category Archives: Traditional Irish Music

Con Curtin Festival 2017 Details Launched

Con Curtin Festival 2017 Details Launched

Details have been released of the 2017 Con Curtin Music Festival in Brosna Village. The village will be a hive of music related activity from June 23rd -25th this year in honour of the late, great Sliabh Luachra fiddler. The festival will get underway on Friday night June 23rd with a top class traditional concert… Read more…

Handed Down: Learning from the Master – Nicholas McAuliffe

Handed Down: Learning from the Master – Nicholas McAuliffe

The final Handed Down presentation of 2016 will be given by Dr. Máire O’Keeffe on musician, teacher and music historian, Nicholas ‘Nicky’ McAuliffe of Knockachur, Knocknagoshel and now, Tullig, Castleisland. Tralee native, Máire O’Keeffe is living in Kinvara in Co. Galway and is regarded as one of Kerry’s finest fiddle players. A PhD from the… Read more…

Artistic Date Pencilled In for O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival

Artistic Date Pencilled In for O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is delighted to announce that the supremely talented artist Finn Harper will be attending this year’s festival in Castleisland. Originally from County Wexford but living in Limerick for the past nine years, Finn Harper is a young accomplished Irish musician with a BA in Irish Music and is a self-taught… Read more…

August 9th-11th Dates for First Sliabh Luachra Music Summer School

August 9th-11th Dates for First Sliabh Luachra Music Summer School

It’s great to hear about events being organised and happening right where they ought to. Next month’s Sliabh Luachra Summer School in Tureencahill Community Centre is just one of these. This event will consist of three days of music, talks and performances to highlight the music and musicians of the Sliabh Luachra area on August… Read more…

New Business Flowing Through Irish Host Family Initiative

New Business Flowing Through Irish Host Family Initiative

Few natives ever give Castleisland and its environs the kind of credit it gets from the director of a rapidly growing and innovative business which she founded and based here. Antoinette Butler is a native of the deeply historic county of Waterford and she’s the director of Irish Host Family.ie. This is a fast-growing Castleisland-based… Read more…

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Brochure Launched

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Brochure Launched

The organising committee of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival has just released its 2015 festival programme. It contains all the details locals and visitors require to locate their favourite musicians and venues for the duration of the event from its opening night at 8pm on Friday night right through to closing time on Monday… Read more…

Help Sharon Shannon Find her Imposter Father !

Help Sharon Shannon Find her Imposter Father !

Ranting is the very last feature you’d associate with Sharon Shannon’s personality. However, when a girl has to stand up and defend her 87 year-old daddy’s honour, name and reputation, Sharon let rip. The target of her rant and ripping cupla focal is an accordion playing imposter who travels the country’s music festivals claiming he’s… Read more…

Photo Files Filtered for Fiddle Day

Photo Files Filtered for Fiddle Day

World Fiddle Day Kerry founder member, PJ Teahan asked me to show a handful of the photographs I’ve taken of music related events and people down through the past 30 odd years. I’ve compiled a collection of 50 which will be shown in a slide show at 6-30pm on Saturday evening. This will happen amid… Read more…

Connie’s Book Celebration and Curtins Return to Browne’s

Connie’s Book Celebration and Curtins Return to Browne’s

Gaeltacht Mhúscraí fiddle player, Connie O’Connell from Cill Na Martra is no stranger to Castleisland. He has just published and book and a pair of CDs of his own compositions. He made a present of a copy of the book to Browne’s Bar in recognition of its fostering of the music of the area and… Read more…

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