The 15th annual Con Curtin Traditional Music Festival gets under way with a packed programme of entertainment right throughout the weekend.
The festival will open with a gala concert which will be headlined by Danny O’Mahony and the O Raghallaigh brothers. There will be a number of special surprises along the way.
MC for the night is the inimitable Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh and the concert will be recorded by Radio Na Gaeltachta.
A film crew will be recording all weekend also for a series of programmes which will be screened on TG4 in the autumn. Workshops on Saturday will be led by the previous mentioned musicians and also by: Nancy Ní Choisteabhla, flute; Angelina Carberry, Banjo; Pauline Scanlon, Singing and Shane Creed, Sean Nós Dancing.
There are accordion competitions with a €400 prize-fund, street busking, a céilí and a singing session at Flanagan’s Bar. The highlight of the weekend, however, will be the relaunching of the Brosna Céilí Band.
The rejuvenated band / brand will be appearing in the concert on Friday night. In 1972 the original Brosna Céilí Band brought All-Ireland glory to the parish. All in the parish wish the new BCB every success as they embark on the coveted All-Ireland trail.
Band members include: John Carrol, Accordion; Anne Marie Fitzgerald, Fiddle and band leader; Darragh Curtin and Jean Scannell, Fiddles; Jerry Nunan and Suzanne Curtin, Flutes; Gretta Curtin, Concertina; Gearoid Curtin, Banjo; Dan Sheehan, Piano.
There’s a link that goes back to the previous band in that Pat Mulcahy is still behind the drums and what a story it would make it they did manage to clinch an All-Ireland title this year.
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