26th Annual Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Gets Underway

Jerome ‘Fagin’ Hartnett (left) with Tommy Dom O’Connor out on festival signage duty on the bypass this morning. Photograph: John Reidy

The 26th annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival gets under way this very evening at 9pm.

Reports are coming fast and furious that there have been outbreaks of music already.

However, an official opening has been arranged for 9pm tonight at the River Island Hotel.

Musician in Residence

Newly appointed Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence, Eoin Stan O’Sullivan will perform the opening.

Then he’ll sit down to a session where he’ll be accompanied by his dad, Raymond with Timmy O’Connor, with Mick Culloty, PJ Teahan and the ubiquitous ‘friends’ and all comers.

Eoin Stan, a native of Newmarket in North Cork, has been appointed by the county councils in Kerry and Cork to foster and further the interest in the music in the culture rich Sliabh Luachra area.

Organised and Impromptu

Over the weekend the organised sessions will unfold along with the impromptu kind which have been a real staple of this festival since it was founded in 1993.

There is always a magic about the opening evening and there always a tinge of sadness to it as well.

We’ll celebrate and welcome those we meet and remember with fondness those gone.

Programmes Available

Detailed programmes are now supplied to the hotel and to the pubs.

See there who you’d like to hear playing and move around because this will be one serious weekend of music by the looks of things.

Enjoy yourself and spread the word.

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