Recording Johnny O’Leary – By Terry Moylan in Scart on Saturday Night

Handed Down Scartaglin Heritage Centre 27-1-2018
At the presentation of the Dan O’Connell Memorial Award to the Handed Down team at Scartaglin Heritage Centre in January were: Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy (left) and Mairéad Kiely presenting the award to handed Down co-founder, PJ Teahan. Back row: Rhona McCarthy, Jackie Daly, Aileen Cronin and Mick Culloty, Handed Down co-founder. ©Photograph: John Reidy 27-1-2018

Like Peter Browne’s association with Patrick O’Keeffe in the Sliabh Luachra scheme of things, Terry Moylan will always be linked with Johnny O’Leary.

O’Keeffe and O’Leary, both hugely influential, Sliabh Luachra music exponents and guardians were brought out of themselves by Browne and Moylan respectively.

Would we have the knowledge and respect we have for the music of O’Keeffe and the phenomenal repertoire of O’Leary but for the intervention of these two pioneers?

Intervention in 1993

Peter Browne’s intervention in 1993 prevented Patrick O’Keeffe’s massive legacy from going over the cliff of silence – as Con Houlihan would say.

And would Johnny O’Leary have sat down and do with he did with Terry Moylan without understanding the levels of appreciation he felt from his interviewer.

Voyage of Rediscovery

Peter Browne has spoken of his voyage of rediscovery on O’Keeffe before in Scartaglin as part of the Handed Down series of lectures and concerts.

On Saturday night, March 24th it’s Terry Moylan’s turn to put the focus on his productive encounters with Johnny O’Leary. It’s sure to be a fascinating story.

Musician and Archivist

Terry Moylan is a musician, archivist for Na Piobairi Uilleann and founder of the Folk Music Society of Ireland. He has published and lectured on music and dance throughout Ireland, Britain and the USA.

Recording Johnny O’Leary, Presented by Terry Moylan. Handed Down on Saturday, March 24th. at 8pm sharp to 10:30pm

Special guests: Bryan O’Leary, Ellen Healy nee O’Leary, tin whistle.

Guests on the Night

Guest musicians: John Brosnan, accordion; Cárthach Ó Faoileán and Cáilín Ní Shé.

Songs with Terry Moylan.

Young Musicians: Aoife and Meadhbh McCarthy, Aubane, Millstreet. John Power, Caroline Hurley and Seán Fitzgerald, Sliabh Mish CCE.

After a night’s entertainment that would be hard to surpass on January 21st, the Handed Down team had another special box of magic with Paudie O’Connor in February.

Snow and Storms

However, snow and storms put and end to that.

While all these ‘Scart nights’ are special in the niches they create for themselves this one is expected to be up there with the very best.

Admission: Adults €8. Child U-12 €3.


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