The Influence of Kerry Music on De Dannan Founder Member

Charlie Piggott (left) and Gerry Harrington at World Fiddle Day in Scartaglin in 2016. ©Photograph: John Reidy 21-5-2016
Charlie Piggott (left) and Gerry Harrington at World Fiddle Day in Scartaglin in 2016. ©Photograph: John Reidy 21-5-2016

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 Founder Member

A founder member of De Dannan Charlie Piggott hails from Cobh, Co Cork.

His father was from Glenbeigh and his mother from Dingle. As a child visiting Dingle with his mother, one day they ventured into Caballs in Tralee where Charlie spotted a melodeon in a box on the top shelf.

Deal Struck for £6

A deal was struck for six old pounds and years after this same instrument featured on the first two De Danann LPs.
When touring abroad he met many exiled Kerry musicians like Johnny Cronin of Reaboy Gneeveguilla and Cuz Teahan in Chicago.

He will share these stories of tune collecting and stories with the Handed Down audience on the coming Saturday night, November 18th.

Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Concert 29-10-2017
Caoimhe Flannery, Rockchapel who won the U-18 Fiddler of Dooney competition in Sligo recently with Matt Cranitch at the recent Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival 25th anniversary concert. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Mick Culloty Band & Friends
As with all the Handed Down nights there will be special guests and Saturday night’s will include: Joe Thoma from Kenmare; The Mick Culloty Band with guest fiddlers Sean Abeyta, Emma O’ Leary, Noreen O’Shea, Kate Rowlands and Carol Leader.

Young Musicians
Julianne O’Connor and young musicians Caoimhe and Eimhear Flannery from Rockchapel.

Caoimhe won the U-18 Fiddler of Dooney title in Sligo on the Saturday night of the October bank holiday weekend.

Admission: Adults €8 and Children U-12 €3.

Saturday night, November 18th from 8pm sharp to 10.30pm at Scartaglin Heritage Centre.

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