Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Launches ‘Early Bird Weekend Pass’ Offer

Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Launches ‘Early Bird Weekend Pass’ Offer

The Castleisland based Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival has just launched its online tickets sale initiative for the 27th annual festival which runs this year from Friday, October 25th to Monday 28th inclusive. By Conor O’Mahony The special ‘Early Bird Weekend Pass’ will give patrons access to all the events that run over the course…

It’s World Fiddle Day Scartaglin Weekend

It’s World Fiddle Day Scartaglin Weekend

The original purpose of World Fiddle Day Scartaglin was to celebrate the instrument’s place in the traditional music of the area. It still is. The area being that surrounding Scartaglin, Cordal, and Castleisland. But the event also tips the peak of the cap to those who kept the tradition alive, safe and well and in…

Handed Down, Saturday, March 9th – A Reminder

Handed Down, Saturday, March 9th – A Reminder

A reminder from PJ Teahan that World Fiddle Day celebrations are only 12 weeks away and the second last Handed Down of the fifth series will examine the influences and career of Cork fiddle player, Matt Cranitch. Special guests have been invited and rare archive material will be heard and shown on the night. Famous…

O’Keeffe Festival Information Enquiry from Japan

O’Keeffe Festival Information Enquiry from Japan

Enquiries about accommodation in the Castleisland area are coming in already in relation to the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival on the October bank holiday weekend. The committee wishes to be in a position to provide up to date information to people travelling long distances to be here for that weekend. Enquiry from Japan People…

Sliabh Luachra Sisters are All Ireland Fleadh Winners

Sliabh Luachra Sisters are All Ireland Fleadh Winners

There was an amazing sister act at the 68th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 last week. From the heart of Sliabh Luachra the Flannery sisters from Rockchapel scooped double All Ireland wins at the event in Drogheda. U-18 Duet Winners Éimhear Flannery who is just 14, won the whistle slow airs U-15 competition. To add…

Sliabh Luachra Represented at North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Aberdeen

Sliabh Luachra Represented at North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Aberdeen

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) will take place in Aberdeen in Scotland from 11th to 15th of July. This is a major event in the world of traditional fiddle music and, at least, two of Sliabh Luachra’s finest exponents will be attending and participating. No Stranger Corkman, Matt Cranitch is no stranger to Castleisland or…

Recording Johnny O’Leary – By Terry Moylan in Scart on Saturday Night

Recording Johnny O’Leary – By Terry Moylan in Scart on Saturday Night

Like Peter Browne’s association with Patrick O’Keeffe in the Sliabh Luachra scheme of things, Terry Moylan will always be linked with Johnny O’Leary. O’Keeffe and O’Leary, both hugely influential, Sliabh Luachra music exponents and guardians were brought out of themselves by Browne and Moylan respectively. Would we have the knowledge and respect we have for…

The Influence of Kerry Music on De Dannan Founder Member

The Influence of Kerry Music on De Dannan Founder Member

Kerry Music and it’s Musicians – A Source of Influence on My Personal Style is the title of Saturday night’s latest installment of the rolling Handed Down series of lectures and recitals at the Heritage Centre in Scartaglin Village with a starting time of 8pm sharp. It will be presented by Charlie Piggott. De Dannan…

United Nations Feel to Scart on World Fiddle Day

United Nations Feel to Scart on World Fiddle Day

 Jackie Daly, Emma O’Leary and Kirill Healy played the final notes in a day long session at Kearney’s Bar in Castleisland on Sunday evening to wind up 2017 World Fiddle Day. While Saturday was the main day there were outbreaks of music in Scartaglin on Friday night and in the aforementioned Kearney’s on Sunday. Kirill…