The new concert series hosted by Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence Eoin Stan O’Sullivan started December 12th at sliabhluachra.ie. The first concert was a launch for Bryan O’Leary’s new record Tranquility in Tureencahill which is the first release on our fledgling Sliabh Luachra label. In collaboration with the Handed Down in Scartaglin we had the presentation of the 2020 Dan Connell Award. We had great young musicians picking out tunes from the new Sliabh Luachra music archive at worldfiddledayscartaglin.ie and we’ll talked with PJ Teahan and Raymond O’Sullivan about the work in putting together that archive.
On Saturday 12th of December at 8pm we will be bringing you the first in a series of online concerts celebrating Sliabh Luachra music. It’s made thanks to funding from Cork, Kerry and Limerick County Councils with support from the Arts Council and Creative Ireland.
This first concert is a collaboration with the Handed Down Series. PJ Teahan from Handed Down will be passing on the Dan O’Connell Memorial Award and we’ll be chatting about the work gone into the World Fiddle Day Scartaglin Sliabh Luachra Archive. There’ll be contributions from young musicians who’ll play their chosen tunes from the archive and there’ll be some singing too.
New Record Label
As part of the Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence programme Eoin Stan O’Sullivan has undertaken to start a new record company to put out Sliabh Luachra music. The first release is an album of self penned tunes by the Tureencahill based accordion player Bryan O’Leary and it will be launched at the online concert.
The concert will premier at 8pm on Saturday December 12th on the music trail YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAbunpghhwYa3jXPnkLDKNA
See sliabhluachra.ie for more
It’s so sad to hear of the passing of Paddy Jones. In 2019 we helped release a series of videos from an interview with Paddy in late 2018. He was in brilliant form and his great insight into the music of Sliabh Luachra, learning from Padraig O’Keeffe and just general talk about the soul of all music was heart warming and inspiring. We really hoped this was just to be the first of many times we’d get to work with Paddy.
Most musicians shy away from talking about the magic behind the ABCs but Paddy loved to discuss it. He seemed to have an intimate relationship with the music and seeing and hearing him bring out a tune was a real enchanting experience. Instead of teasing the music from his fiddle it seemed to weave it around him. And all the time Paddy would be grunting and muttering as if instructing invisible forces. He really was special. Rest in peace Paddy 🙂
World Fiddle Day Scartaglin ran a virtual concert on their website and social media platforms to compensate for the fact that the usual celebration had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While it’s sad that we couldn’t make it to Scartaglin everyone will agree that this video concert really shows off the fine fiddle playing from Sliabh Luachra and it’s fans around the world.
Thanks to everyone involved.
Maurice O’Keeffe Festival is a celebration of the legacy of the great Sliabh Luachra fiddle player held in Kiskeam over the Easter weekend annually.
While the physical Maurice O’Keeffe Festival 2020 couldn’t go ahead a great number of musicians took to social media to share music and mark the much loved weekend.
Find more contributions to the weekend here:
It was thanks to Timmy Collin of the Cill Mhin Comhaltas who contacted asked musician from around the area for contributions.
Hopefully we’ll see everyone in Kiskeam again for Maurice O’Keeffe festival 2021.
Here’s my trailer to the Monks of the Screw presentation at the Handed Down Series on Sat Feb 22nd in Scart. Similar to the one I did on Timmy Connors in 2017 I’ve recorded interviews with most of the characters about the music, the records and the people they got the tunes from.Eoin O’Sullivan on Facebook
The 26th Annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival
Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
October 26th – 29th 2018
(Provisional, Subject to change) Please share.
𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟲𝘁𝗵 :
9.00pm. Patrick O’ Keeffe Traditional Music opening with musical accompaniment. River Island Hotel
10pm. Pub Trail begins with organised and impromptu sessions with Ireland’s top traditional musicians in pubs throughout the town. A detailed programme will be available online and in the pubs and River Island hotel.
𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟳𝘁𝗵:
9.45 am. Registration for music classes, all levels catered for. St. Patricks Secondary school, College Rd. (All Classes will be Sliabh Luachra orientated)
10.00am. Fiddle Classes – with Connie O’Connell & Emma O Leary
10.00am Accordion Class with Paudie O’ Connor.
2pm: 𝗙𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹/ 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁 in the Ivy Leaf Arts Centre, Hosted by Matt Cranitch, Gerry Harrington, Emma O’ Leary, Paddy Jones, Connie O’Connell, Andrea Palandri, and Aoife O’ Keeffe.
2.30pm: 𝗣𝗼𝗽 𝘂𝗽 𝗚𝗮𝗲𝗹𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗵𝘁 le Éamonn Ó Braoin – Brush up on your conversational Irish in an informal, relaxed class with Éamonn Ó Braoin in Nana Bea’s restaurant, (beside the new library)
Pub trail runs all day.
From 4.00: 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁 in Hartnett’s Bar with Mickey MacConnell, Tim Dennehy, & friends. Hosted by Aileen Rowntree.
𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁: Pub trail continues until late.
𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟴𝘁𝗵:
11:30am Mass with traditional music for the departed friends of the festival. Followed by a musical remembrance at St. John’s graveyard.
1pm: Pub trail runs all day.
3pm: 𝗖é𝗶𝗹í 𝗠ó𝗿 in the Riocht with the Donnie Nolan Céilí Band.
3pm: 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽. All singers welcome. Hosted by Joe Walsh & Mikey O’ Connor.
6.30pm: 𝗟𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗯𝗵 𝗟𝘂𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗿𝗮
Sunday night: Pub Trail Continues.
*****𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝟴.𝟬𝟬 𝗽.𝗺.*****𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁
Ireland’s top traditional musicians.
M.C. Tim Dennehy
Presentation of the of the “Dedication to Sliabh Luachra” award to Timmy O’ Connor, Newmarket.
Pub trail continues.
𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟵𝘁𝗵
1pm. pub trail will continue all day till late.
Poet & Writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice inviting the so inclined to a poetry writing work shop
in Browne’s back Bar
To begin a story is hard ….to end a story is harder still
During the upcoming Garry McMahon Weekend many a story and song will be sung and told in celebration of our rural and native traditions of ballad singing, ballad making and story telling. This is all due to the efforts of the West Limerick Singing Club and their hard working committee under the chairmanship of Tomas McKenna and Secretary Chris O’ Shea, the Club in promoting the humble ballad and the art of story telling and doing everything in their power to preserve our rural traditions.
This is the tenth anniversary of the Garry McMahon weekend and contributors from all over Ireland will flock to the Ramble Inn during the 19th to the 21st of October 2018. Singers from the four corners of Ireland from Cork to Tyrone, from Sligo to Wexford will give air to their native songs and ballads and a great time will be had by all. Each singer or storyteller is guaranteed an attentive audience and their contribution is treasured and valued as it is unique in its presentation and gives us an insight into the different oral traditions throughout Ireland.
The launch of the tenth Annual Garry McMahon Weekend will be held at The Ramble Inn, Abbeyfeale at 8.00 p.m. on Friday the 5th of October 2018 and is being hosted by Philip and Marie Enright. The success of the Garry McMahon Weekend is testament to the growth and interest in Ballads and Ballad singing which has resulted in the setting up of many Singing Clubs throughout Ireland. The West Limerick Singing Club was founded in 2002 and has gone from success to success in the intervening years and can boast among its members several All Ireland Champions such as Philip Enright, Micheal O’ Se and Catherine Broderick Murphy. The late Garry McMahon was a proud member of the club prior to his death in 2008 and at the monthly sessions he would sing his own compositions such as “The Land of the Gael”, “My own Newcastle West” and “The Hills around Listowel” and he would indeed be proud to know that these songs are still being sung not only in West Limerick but throughout Ireland.
Primarily the aim of the Club is to preserve and keep alive the traditional songs and stories from previous generations. Songs of rural Ireland composed by ordinary people, farmers, tradesmen, spalpeens etc. The Garry McMahon Weekend most aptly takes place in an area where the Ballad has always been a considerable force and where the art of Ballad making is still very much alive. It is however indeed hoped that as a result of the weekend rural Ireland as a whole shall continue to produce Ballad Singers and Ballad makers to chronicle peoples sorrows and joys, their whimsies and their loves and to delight generations for many years to come. The aim of the West Limerick Singing Club is to carry on the torch lit by such people as Garry McMahon.
The official opening takes place on Friday 19th of October 2018 at
8.00p.m. in The Ramble Inn, Abbeyfeale, and the opening will be
performed by the legendary Kerry Footballer Darragh O’ Se from Ard a Bhotair, Ventry, County Kerry, who with his brothers Tomas and Mark graced the football fields of Ireland for many a year. He is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time.
Also in attendance for the weekend will be Seamus Brogan, Singer and Lilter who originally hails from Monageer, Wexford, but now lives in London. He was All Ireland Traditional Singing Champion in 2000 and is a member of the Ard Chomhairle Chomaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann. The renowned singer Raconteur Collector and Archivist Joe O’ Connor from Milltown Malbay will also be in attendance throughout the weekend.
On Saturday morning there will be a special lecture and presentation called “The Story and the Song” giving the background to the events recalled in the well known ballad “The Valley of Knockanure” by Bryan McMahon.
On Saturday afternoon a very special singing session featuring the songs and recitations of G.A.A. legends will be held at The Ramble Inn and will feature such songs as Christy Ring, Tommy Quaid and Mick O’ Connell. How appropriate it is that this session will be held on the year that Limerick brought home the Liam McCarthy cup. It is hoped that contributors will bring songs from their own locality recounting gallant deeds on the football and hurling fields of yesteryear. Maybe someone will even bring a newly composed song about the Limerick Heroes 2018.
On Saturday the 20th of October at 6.30p.m. Aifreann na Riochta will be celebrated and sung by Abbeyfeale Choir in Abbeyfeale Church.
On Sunday afternoon at 3.00p.m. at Fr. Casey’s G.A.A. Club a special tribute and presentation will be held to honour of the sisters Kitty O’ Donoghue and Nora Kennedy both well known in the Rambling Houses of Munster. Originally Kitty and Nora Carrig from Creeves, ASkeaton, County Limerick, they and their family will be the guests of honour at the concert on that afternoon, both need no introduction and they have been staunch supporters of The Garry McMahon Weekend. This will be an occasion not to be missed and everybody is welcome. West Limerick Singing Club is proud to honour these gracious ladies during the weekend.
Be assured that many songs will be sung during the weekend so come along
and enjoy these songs. Sing them ! Change the music or timing if you feel something else works better for you ! After all that’s what ballads are all about!
Owen D. McMahon