Handed Down — Sliabh Luachra Lecture Series.

Heritage Centre Scartaglin
We are delighted and proud to announce our programme for Series 5 of Handed Down .We wish to thank our presenters for once again agreeing to rise to the challenge and taking on the title and idea they were given .
We look forward to showcasing the young musicians of the area and welcoming old friends as well as newcomers . We look forward to the series with the aim once more of raising the money to hold the World Fiddle Day Celebrations in Scartaglin on May 18 .

Sat October 6
“ Peter Browne – A Thank You from Sliabh Luachra”
presented by Paudie O Connor .
A special Handed Down where presenter Paudie O Connor will look back on recently retired RTE broadcaster Peter Browne life as a musician and his deep connection and wonderful service he gave to the music of Sliabh Luachra

Sat November 17
“Dan Murphy and the Fàilte Bar Abbeyfeale “
presented by Donal Murphy
Presenter Donal Murphy will look back on his father Dan from Knocknagoshel who returned from England and opened a bar which became a vital music venue and influenced so many and strengthened the music Tradition in West Limerick

Sat December 8
“Did you hear that before?” The Musical Legacy of Maurice O Keeffe
presented by Màire O Keeffe
Màire O Keeffe will take us back to the times she spent with fiddler Maurice O Keeffe and the tunes and stories he handed down so generously

Sat Jan 26
“From the Master’s Hand -Padraig’s Legacy”
presented by Matt Cranitch
What was a lesson with the the famous fiddle master like ?
Matt will do his utmost with guests to answer from years of interviews and studies of Padraig O Keeffe’s students and manuscripts

Sat March 9
“ Matt Cranitch – Take a Bow “
presented by Bryan O Leary
Bryan will pay tribute to Sliabh Luachra fiddle player Matt Cranitch who has long been a visitor and contributor to the area and a custodian of the fiddle style of O Keeffe

Sat April 13
“From Sliabh Luachra to the USA : Kerry music recordings in America
presented by Pàdraig MacMathuna
Piper Pàdraig MacMathuna will present a very special Handed Down featuring archive recordings made by his late father broadcaster Ciaràn who visited and recorded Denis Murphy ,Paddy Cronin and others in New York in the sixties

Sat May 18
World Fiddle Day Celebrations in Scartaglin
We celebrate 50 years anniversary of “The Star Above the Garter “
Talks ,recitals ,sessions and a very special all fiddle concert featuring the LP set played by young and old .Not to be missed.

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Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence

As you know the position of Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence was advertised earlier this Summer. We are pleased to let you know that musician Eoin O’Sullivan has been appointed to this role and is just beginning work on this residency programme for the Sliabh Luachra area.

Over the next 12 months Eoin will be working with children in schools in Sliabh Luachra promoting awareness of the region’s vast musical heritage. Eoin 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. Eoin has an exciting and intensive programme of work ahead of him over the next year. We are looking forward to working with Eoin in his new role over the next twelve months and through this residency, to continuing to develop our commitment to work with local musicians, festivals, and venues throughout Sliabh Luachra.

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. 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.