On Sunday 14th of August there will be a launch for The Dancing Kiln – a very special CD of new recordings – by Paudy, Karoline, Ben and Christine Scully. The launch is at an Culturlann, in Newmarket Co. Cork. The album takes it’s name from an old outdoor dancing stage at Commons, Newmarket. The stage is long gone but most of the music that the Newmarket is known for came from the musicians who played there for the dancing.
The concert will also feature appearances from: Tim Browne Ceili Allstars Leah Murphy Timmy Connors & Raymond O’Sullivan Siobhan & Lisa Cronin and more
From the early seventies Paudy Scully has been a pillar in the Sliabh Luachra music scene. He is name checked by Jackie Daly on his landmark 1977 recording Music from Sliabh Luachra. He is a founder of the Scully’s Monday Night Session. In the nineties he was a driving force behind the legendary group the Monks of the Screw.
In 2000 Paudy moved to Germany with his wife Christine. They had two children Ben and Karoline. The annual family holidays were spent in Ireland and at the music session in Scully’s Bar. In 2005 Paudy released an album of solo flute music. And in recent years both Paudy and Karoline have appeared on several of the Scullys Fest CD series.
The Dancing Kiln album began during the lockdowns. After watching some YouTube concerts from Sliabh Luachra they decided to get some recording equipment. Karoline took on the role engineer. The result is sixteen great tracks with lots of new tunes composed by Paudie and Karoline. There are also rare tunes and classics from Sliabh Luachra and well beyond.
During the Corona Lockdown we and a lot of other people in Germany got great satisfaction watching the YouTube videos of various Sliabh Luachra festivals and CD releases produced by Eoin O’Sullivan .
We were watching one of those videos when my daughter Karoline suggested that we make our own recording. “No way” I said. “I’m finished with recordings”. I explained all the hard work and complications of doing such a thing. She said “Ok”. Later when I went to bed I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about all the new music we composed and the unusual tunes we practiced during our “Hibernation”.
When I was coming down stairs the next morning Karoline was sitting on the bottom step putting on her shoes. I said “Let’s do that recording so”. She smiled and said “Ok”.
We invested in a microphone and an app for the computer and began work.
We only intended to make a few copies but after we finished it our friends persuaded us to release it to the public.
The next release on the Sliabh Luachra record label is by the Boherbue accordion player Pat Fleming. It a collection of lively upbeat dance music and Pat is helped by his wife Maria Cotter and friends Tim Browne, Gary O’Brien and Sliabh Luachra legend Timmy O’Connor. The Album was recorded at the CYMS hall in Newmarket Co Cork by Eoin Stan O’Sullivan.
The album will be launched at a live show in An Chultúrlann MacAmlaoibh in Newmarket on Thursday June 16th. The launch concert will feature all the musician who appeared on the album and guest performances from Meadhbh Walsh, Mike Geurin and the Long Way Home Duo.
Sliabh Luachra proudly present a new album of fiddle music by Emma Sliabh Luachra is proud to present a new album of fiddle music by Emma O’Leary of Scartaglin. The album is made of up of tunes Emma collected from players she met and played with growing up in Sliabh Luachra. Emma is accompanied skilfully by Brian Mooney on bazouki on six of the seven tracks. It was recorded in an Chultúlann MacAmlaoibh in Newmarket Co Cork by Eoin Stan O’Sullivan in May 2021.
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.
Insights “To find insights you have to go deeper till you arrive at a moment when you will see it and feel it because you will be at a deeper emotional place of understanding “
Insights Join us on Saturday May 21 for a special World Fiddle Day Scartaglin Online Presentation where we will present many insights into the Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Tradition, those who played it and Scartaglin’s place in that Tradition both in the past and going forward With invited guest fiddle players and contributions from all over the world Thanks to Nickie and Anne McAuliffe for taking the photo and Shaun O Connor and John Reidy for their help with design . Special thanks to Kerry Co Arts, The Arts Council of Ireland, the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail and the Maine Valley Post Richard Nolan of Art Customised for Video editing and online work
Maurice O’Keeffe Festival moved online for 2021. The main events were two video concerts broadcast from the festival website mauriceokeeffe.org.
These two concerts were edited by Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence Eoin O’Sullivan.
A special celebration limited edition CD featuring recordings of Maurice’s music was also released to mark the 20th anniversary of the festival. This was done through Sliabh Luachra Records another endeavour setup by Eoin O’Sullivan as part of his programme as Musician in Residence.