World Fiddle Day Scartaglin – Growing in Stature and Status

World Fiddle Day Scartaglin – Growing in Stature and Status

The festivities around World Fiddle Day got off to a flying and sunny start in Scart on Friday evening, night and Saturday morning. The gathering of musicians, poets, politicians and the curious basked in the beautiful and welcome balmy summer evening and only reluctantly went indoors soon after the appointed off time came and went.…

World Fiddle Day 2018 – The Most Ambitious Yet

World Fiddle Day 2018 – The Most Ambitious Yet

The World Fiddle Day Scartaglin crew and event got a great shot in the arm a couple of weeks ago when founder member, PJ Teahan got a phone call from America. The brilliant fiddle playing cowboy, Skip Gorman is on his way to Scart for that special weekend. He was here for the first one…

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

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

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…

Creating an Archive of the Culture of Sliabh Luachra

Creating an Archive of the Culture of Sliabh Luachra

Creating an Archive of the Culture of Sliabh Luachra. Isn’t that some task. However, and thankfully, a lot of what has gone on in the history of music making, poetry writing and the singing of songs has been well documented. The Handed Down committee has been gifted with some rare gems of recordings, scraps of…

Under The Influence after St. Patrick’s Day

Under The Influence after St. Patrick’s Day

On Saturday, March 19th the Handed Down series will present a new generation of traditional musicians who are currently drawing on Sliabh Luachra for their influences. Patrick O’Keeffe and Denis Murphy met in Lyons’ Bar in 1961 while Denis was home from America and the session was taped. Aidan Connolly, All-Ireland fiddle title winner and…