Maurice O’Keeffe of Kiskeam – A Handed Down Special

The late Kiskeam fiddle player, Maurice O’Keeffe will be the subject of Máire O’Keeffe’s lecture in the latest Handed Down installment at Scartaglin Heritage Centre on Saturday night at 8pm sharp. ©Photograph: John Reidy

‘Did you hear that Before’ – The musical legacy of Maurice O’Keeffe of Kiskeam will be presented by Tralee fiddle player, broadcaster and teacher, Máire O’Keeffe on Saturday night, December 8th.

This is the latest in the Handed Down series of concerts and recitals at Scartaglin Heritage Centre and will start at 8pm sharp.

An Accomplished Player

“Máire is an accomplished player and teacher with some fine CDs to her credit,” said Handed Down founder member, PJ Teahan.

Filmed by Frank Hall’s Crew

In the course of Saturday night’s event she will look back on her time spent with the late Kiskeam fiddle player, Maurice O’Keeffe.

Maurice’s fiddle playing fame got a shot in the arm in 1974 when he and his Cork County Council road gang were spotted by RTÉ presenter Frank Hall and his film crew. Maurice played a few tunes for them on the side of the road and it was on television a week later.

“Maurice was a man well known for his generosity in sharing his vast repertoire of tunes as well as humour and good company and John Coakley will be Máire’s guest on the night.

Timmy the Brit Tribute

“Also on the night the 2018 Dan O’Connell Memorial Award will be presented to ‘The Rising’ a young and exciting traditional band from the Killarney area.

“After the presentation they will play for a half set in honour of the late ‘Timmy the Brit’ with their choice of tunes,” said PJ.

Special Guests

Special guests on the night are: Diarmuid O’Brien and Clodagh Buckley; Singer John Walsh and two groups of young musicians Olwyn and Ewan Evans from Kilcummin and, from Co. Cork, Rachael O’Connor, Ciara Hartnett and Leah Murphy.

The specially convened Friends of Maurice O’Keeffe Group will be led by Mick Culloty and involve: Paul de Grae, Sean Abeyta, Mike Rice, Dee O’Sullivan and Mary Lawless. They will bring the night and a great year of Handed Down entertainment to a close after the presentation.

The series will return in January with the first installment of 2019.

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