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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Legendary bluegrass singer saved 'country'

BILL BROWNE

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

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Ricky Skaggs will perform alongside two of Ireland's finest musicians, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill

LEGENDARY country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer and composer Rocky Lee Skaggs has been unveiled as one of the headline acts for the 2014 Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry.

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The annual event will bring together a host of top Irish and international names for, in the words of festival organisers, "a joyful celebration of music in its purest form."

The festival will kick off on Wednesday, August 20 at the Maritime Hotel with a concert featuring Skaggs, the man credited with "singlehandedly saving country music".

The 14 time Gammy winner will perform will perform alongside two of Ireland's finest musicians, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, in a concert that no true music fan will want to miss.

The following night the action will move to St Brendan's Church for a concert featuring Steve Cooney on guitar, uillean piper Ivan Goff, and singer/flautist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

There will be two concerts in Bantry House of Friday, the first featuring Sean-nós singer John Flanagan, accordion and banjo player Peter Carberry and Jack Talty on concertina and piano.

The Ghost Trio of singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, Ivan Goff and Cleek Schrey on fiddle will fill the Níos Deannaí slot at Bantry House on Friday night.

The Saturday evening concert at the same venue will feature singer Máire Ní Chéileachair, tin whistle virtuoso, Mary Bergin and the Boruma Trio of Andrew MacNamara (accordion), Eileen O'Brien (fiddle) and Geraldine Cotter (piano/tin whistle).

The Saturday night Níos Deanaí slot will be filled by the crossover jazz/trad septet Ensemble Ériu.

The festival will draw to a climatic end on Sunday at Bantry House with a concert in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill with special guests.

Announcing this year's programme, festival curator Martin Hayes said each year organisers bring new performers to the festival, "some people may already know and others they may not".

"It's worth pointing out that every year we have a number of events that people rave about. I have no more ability to predict these highlights than anyone else but I don't intend to miss any of those moments and I hope other people don't either," he said.

Fir more information about Masters of Tradition 2014 visit www.westcorkmusic.ie or lo call 1850 788 789.

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