Well done to PJ Teahan and the World Fiddle Day Scartaglin for providing an amazing day of video content for the their 2021 online festival. A mammoth effort was made to put together all the videos sent from around the globe. The highlight of the day’s entertainment was a video called Insights – The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Tradition. It’s over three hours and full of very special contributions.
Due to Covid-19 restriction the 2021 Fleadh by the Feale from Abbeyfeale Co Limerick was broadcast over night of the May Bank Holiday weekend. In normal circumstances the West Limerick town welcomes people from all over the world for the festival but being limited to an online event was a chance to showcase the immense talent from the Abbeyfeale area.
Fleadh by the Feale is also home to the annual All Ireland Bones Playing Championship. This is truly a unique event. The 2021 competition was also forced to going online. The online event probably attracted more entries than a normal year as the competitors were able to send in video performances.
So it was a great pity not to be all together in Abbeyfeale enjoy sessions, concerts, good company and the great street music that always happens but we do have three great videos full of mighty music and entertainment.
The Festival was assisted by the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail. Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence Eoin O’Sullivan edited the three videos and recorded the audio and video footage for the Friday and Saturday Concerts at Fr Casey’s GAA clubhouse over three days in April 2021.
All Ireland Bones Competition
March 20th 8pm
On Saturday 20th of March at 8pm we will bring you the third instalment in the new video series 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.
In this one we launch a new album by Maura O’Connor, a brilliant young musician from Abbeyfeale. We’ll also talk to the people behind the rushymountain.com and we take a look at an album of Sliabh Luachra music from Michael Sheehy that came out in 2016. There’ll be young musicians, some bits from episode one and two and a preview of the Maurice O’Keeffe Festival. It’s going to be great.
Maura O’Connor – It’s Handed Down
On Saturday 20th of February at 8pm we will bring you the second instalment in the new video series 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 one will feature proud Sliabh Luachra woman Niamh Ní Charra talking about her recent album called Donnelly’s Arm, There’ll be the story and song from Tim Browne and for the main event we’ll bring you Áine & Francis O’Connor playing music from their album that came out last year called They Didn’t Come Home Until Morning. There’ll be contributions from some talented young musicians and we’ll take a look back to our last video in which we launched a new record label for Sliabh Luachra.
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.