Eoin Stan Appointed to Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence Post

Musician in Residence appointee, Eoin Stan O’Sullivan (right) pictured with fellow Scully’s Bar, Newmarket musicians: Jack Murphy, Ross McAuliffe and Eilís Hourigan at the opening of the Handed Down 2015 season at Scartaglin Heritage Centre. ©Photograph: John Reidy 10-10-2015

Musician, Eoin Stan O’Sullivan has been appointed to the role of Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence and is just beginning work on the programme associated with the appointment.

Over the next 12 months Eoin, a fiddle player by calling, will be working with children in schools throughout the Sliabh Luachra area promoting awareness of the region’s vast musical heritage.

Engaging with Excellence

He will also engage with music festivals, music, singing and set dance groups, local musicians and music teachers to help promote the excellent work that is being done by these groups in their areas.

“Eoin has an exciting and intensive programme of work ahead of him over the next year. We are looking forward to working with him in his new role and through this residency,” said a Kerry County Council spokesperson.

Music and History

Eoin has been immersed in the music and history of Sliabh Luachra since childhood – mainly thanks to his father, the fiddle playing local historian, Raymond O’Sullivan.

He has worked as musician since the age of sixteen and, while his own musical life has been diverse and colourful, he is most passionate about the music and culture of the area where he grew up.

Director of Scullys Fest

In 2013 he started a small school teaching local music to people of all ages and that year he also took on the role of director of Scullys Fest and has helped grow the festival to be one of the highlights of the Sliabh Luachra musical calendar.

The Sliabh Luachra Traditional Musician in Residence is a partnership with Cork and Kerry County Council, Limerick City and County Council, the Irish traditional Music Archive and is supported by the Arts Council.

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