Newmarket fiddler and born storyteller, Eoin Stan O’Sullivan will return to Scartaglin Heritage Centre on Saturday, night November 19th from 8pm to present the latest installment in the Handed Down series of concerts and lectures.
The Blind Fiddler – Tom Billy Murphy of Glencollins, Ballydesmond, (1875-1943) his story and the music associated with him will be Eoin Stan’s special focus on this occasion.
Stone Mad for Music
In a chapter on Tom Billy’s life in Donal Hickey’s standout book, Stone Mad for Music, he quotes the late Johnny O’Leary when they spoke about how his other senses more that made up for his lack of sight: “He could hear a honeybee walking,” was Johnny’s lyrical response according to Donal.
Eoin Stan O’Sullivan is a founding member and driving force behind Scully’s Fest in Newmarket, Co. Cork each August.
His guests in Scart on night will include his father Raymond and the O’Sullivan sisters Niamh and Siobhan also from Newmarket.
“We’re looking forward to this, our second lecture in the 2016 / 17 season and our special guests on the night will be guitarist, Paul de Grae and harpist, Reidun Schlesinger. Their CD Amala was released only in August.
Mary on Vocals
Mary Lawless from Tralee will sing on the night and our invited, young musicians are: Anna Buckley from Millstreet and Leah Murphy from Lyre.
Each of the Handed Down nights start at 8pm sharp and run to 10.30pm or so. Patrons are asked to be in their seats a couple of minutes before the starting time.
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