Musical Honours at Home and Abroad for P.J.

Musical Honours at Home and Abroad for P.J.

Dennis Botzer is a well known musician in the Maryland / Washington DC area of the USA. From the late seventies he has played fiddle, piano, guitar and sang in groups like the Boiling Spuds, Mitchelstown and the Hedgerows to name a few and is a regular at great sessions in that neck of the…

‘Tranquility in Tureencahill’ – A New EP from Bryan O’Leary

A slide composed by Sliabh Luachra box player, Bryan O’Leary while at Mass in Ballydesmond one morning has made it onto a compilation of his own work due for an online launch this weekend. The launch of a new seven-track EP from Bryan O’Leary titled ‘Tranquilty in Tureencahill’ will take place on Saturday December 12th,…

The Cronin Brothers from Reaboy presented by Aidan Connolly

The Cronin Brothers from Reaboy presented by Aidan Connolly

The coming Saturday, January 18th is the date for the first Handed Down presentation of 2020 and it will be a special on the Cronin brothers from Reaboy in Gneeveguilla. Johnny played fiddle and box; Mick played flute and whistle and Paddy favoured fiddle and flute. Presented by the young and accomplished fiddle player, Aidan…

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…

Scullys Fest gets Underway this Evening in Newmarket

Scullys Fest gets Underway this Evening in Newmarket

Scullys Fest will officially kick off on this Thursday evening August 8th at 7pm with the opening of the Áit Art Exhibition in the Newmarket Motors upper show room. By: Éilis Hourigan, PRO The festival is primarily a traditional music event which began in 2004 as a way to celebrate the open music session that…

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 Invites Matt to ‘Take a Bow’ in Scart

Handed Down Invites Matt to ‘Take a Bow’ in Scart

While preparations are being made for the May 18th World Fiddle Day celebrations, the monthly Handed Down sessions continue in Scartaglin on this Saturday night at 8pm. “Join us in the comfortable Heritage Centre Scartaglin on March 9th when we pay tribute to one of Ireland’s leading musicians Matt Cranitch,” according to the invitation from…

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…

Timmy O’Connor – Award Delivered to Scully’s Bar, Newmarket

Timmy O’Connor – Award Delivered to Scully’s Bar, Newmarket

The recipient of the 2018 Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival 2018 award for his ‘Dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra’ is Timmy O’Connor of Newmarket. The award was conferred on Timmy at the concert in Castleisland by just retired RTÉ presenter and musician, Peter Browne. Many a Slip…. However, there’s many a slip between…

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…