All systems go for Féile Sléibhteoireachta
VETERAN trad rock band Scullion, headed by Ventry-based Philip King will head 'below the hill' over the Easter weekend as the headline act at Féile Sléibhteoireachta & Cheoil Chlochán Bhréanainn – the Cloghane-Brandon Walking and Music Festival.
There will be lots of hill walking by day and music by night at the festival, which takes place from April 18 to 21 and is expected to attract a sizeable contingent to the area.
Two difficult walks – on Mount Brandon and Baile Dubh – and two easier walks – Sás Creek to Brandon Point and Sliabh Glas – form part of the weekend schedule and offer walkers an opportunity to explore the Mount Brandon range in the company of experienced local walkers who are extremely knowledgeable about the area.
On the Sliabh Glas route, walkers will be shown the remaining wreckage of a World War II warplane that was one of up to four aircraft that crashed on Mount Brandon during the war.
In terms of the musical element of the festival Irish, folk/rock outfit Scullion will perform at Halla Le Chéile Centre in Brandon on Sunday April 20 beginning at 8pm. On the road since 1979, Scullion started work on a new collection of songs in Killarney in 2012 with recording engineer Ruairí O'Flaherty. The result is 'Long Wave', their seventh studio album and their legion of loyal fans will be delighted with the announcement of this very special West Kerry show in Halla Le Chéile. Also on the programme is Keywest who will play at O'Donnell's Bar during the festival.
Bainisteoir of Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith-Triúigh Petrina Ní Loinsigh, explained the immense local effort behind the festival to The Kerryman.
"Féile Sléibhteoireachta & Cheoil Chlochán Bhréanainn 2014 is a combination of two festivals: our third Féile Sléibhteoireachta and second Féile Cheoil organised by Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith-Triúigh, local businesses and members of the local community," she said.
"We felt we could bring more to the area if we combined the two festivals - to showcase our unique mountains, scenery and musical talent."
More information on the walks registration is available at cflt.ie or by contacting 066-7138137 or from members of Cumann Sléibhteoireacht an Leith-Triúigh (Cloghane Brandon Hillwalking Club).
Tickets for the Scullion gig cost €20 and are available at Halla Le Chéile in Brandon or at Siopa an Phobail in Cloghane. More information on the festival is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.