Caoimhe Flannery wins Fiddler of Dooney Solo and Oireachtas with Sister Éimhear

Caoimhe Flannery wins Fiddler of Dooney Solo and Oireachtas with Sister Éimhear

The Fiddler of Dooney fiddle trophy for this year was won recently in Sligo by Caoimhe Flannery of Rochchapel, Co. Cork.  This coveted accolade ranks as the most prestigious award in the world of Irish traditional music. Since the inception of the competition in 1965, it has now been won thirty-one times, with the list of winners being a veritable roll-call of the best in Irish traditional…

Everyone, Everywhere Invited to Experience Free Culture Night Events

Everyone, Everywhere Invited to Experience Free Culture Night Events

On Friday 23 September, events will take place across Ireland as part of Culture Night. All; events are supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and in this county by Kerry County Council. Everyone, everywhere, is invited on the night to discover and celebrate all that our culture is today. It is an annual all-island…

Handed Down Return to be Heralded on Culture Night in Scart

Handed Down Return to be Heralded on Culture Night in Scart

Culture Night, September 23rd, will see fiddle player and Sliabh Luachra academic, Matt Cranitch, launch the return of the award winning Handed Down series in the Heritage Centre, Scartaglen. The Handed Down committee is looking forward, with excitement and anticipation, to this season which sees the return of: Nickie McAuliffe, Pádraig MacMathúna, Matt Cranitch, Aoife…

RTÉ to Record Handed Down Archive Launch in Scart Tonight at 8pm

RTÉ to Record Handed Down Archive Launch in Scart Tonight at 8pm

There must be near a century of layers of recorded music and song from the Sliabh Luachra area in the RTÉ archives by now. Another layer will be added in Scartaglin tonight when the station’s representatives will record the unveiling of the Handed Down Sliabh Luachra Online Archive from 8pm in the local culture and…

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…

Conor and Patsy Land Big Donegal Catch for Castleisland Festival

Conor and Patsy Land Big Donegal Catch for Castleisland Festival

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival’s digital spokesperson, Conor O’Mahony and music liaison officer, Patsy O’Donoghue landed their own version of a Donegal Catch this week with the signing of the world renowned group Altan to play in Castleisland in October. Saturday Night Headliners “The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is excited to bring you…

Last Handed Down of 2019 Says Goodbye to 1969

Last Handed Down of 2019 Says Goodbye to 1969

The final Handed Down presentation of 2019 will bring the curtain down on the 50th anniversary of the Star Above the Garter LP recording tomorrow night, Saturday, December 7th. from 8pm. Presenter, Matt Cranitch is coming from Cork armed with recording rarities of Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Fierce Importance “Matt has placed fierce importance…

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…

Early Plans Hatched for October’s O’Keeffe Festival

Early Plans Hatched for October’s O’Keeffe Festival

Although still in the throes of summer, plans are already being hatched for the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival which will take place this year from October 25th-28th inclusive. Lectures by Peter Browne and Matt Cranitch on matters of the history of Sliabh Luachra Music collecting and playing and a piping class by Peter Browne…