“It will be a night to remember when we pay tribute to one of the greats of Irish music “
The Conifers will launch their debut album in Tureencahill. It’s the homeplace of the band’s accordion player the great Bryan O’Leary so you should try to book your seats early.
For anyone who hasn’t been able to make the launch, the new album can be purchased online from theconifers.bandcamp.com
Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch are in Concert in Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel on Saturday the 15th of December at 8pm.
Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch are acknowledged masters of the rich musical tradition of Sliabh Luachra in the southwest of Ireland. This culturally unique area on the Cork / Kerry border is renowned for its distinctive style of playing, special repertoire, and as a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt. Their most recent album, Rolling On, draws upon this rich legacy. As Dan Neely said in the NY Irish Echo, “Separately, they are brilliant to hear but together they are sublime.” A recording sure to become a reference point of the tradition, it offers a wide range of tunes, old and new, from slides and polkas to reels and airs, played in the wonderfully expressive manner for which Matt and Jackie are justly famous.
Matt and Jackie are the benchmark of the current generation of Sliabh Luachra musicians. … This is the definitive voice of Sliabh Luachra in our generation.
– Sally Sommers Smith, Irish Music Magazine
Jackie and Matt have performed around the world individually and with groups who have set the standard for Irish traditional music. They have established enviable individual reputations, but their playing together, on CD and in live performances, displays not only virtuosity, but their respect, love and deep understanding of this vibrant musical tradition.
It’s a rare thing how easily and naturally Daly and Cranitch’s music articulates together, and through it one can sense the rare reverence they not only have for each other, but for the shared tradition they represent.
– Dan Neely, Irish Echo, NY
We’ve made a free A3 calendar that lists all the Sliabh Luachra music festivals of 2019. It will be available in public libraries in county Limerick, Kerry and Cork and will be given out to school children around Sliabh Luachra.
If you’d like a printable copy
Who’s that girl?
The image of the fiddler on our calendar was taken from the photo above. The girl is the late Nora Mai Herlihy from Park in Knocknagree. She was later to marry and become Murphy. The woman on the far left is her mother and the man in the middle is the famous blind fiddle teacher Tom Billy Murphy. Nora learned fiddle from Tom and she was the original owner of the photo – which was borrowed by a certain local publication and never returned. We think that with the fiddle on her shoulder and that great smile that she is the perfect positive image to publicise music from Sliabh Luachra.