Bluegrass and jazz at Roots fest
FROM trad to jazz and bluegrass, the first ever Cahersiveen Roots Music Weekend kicks off this Friday, May 2, with three days of sessions planned in various venues across the south Kerry town throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend.
The warm sounds will herald the start of summer and the music will be live in local cafés, pubs and concert venues, while there will also be markets and workshops staged throughout the weekend.
The organising committee - working under the auspices of Teacht Thar Sáile Folk Club - has secured an eclectic range of local musicians and a variety of visiting talents to guarantee a genuine 'roots' weekend.
Included will be instrument and songwriting workshops at the intimate Old Oratory while there will be café concerts and drop-in sessions each afternoon, with markets and children's entertainment further adding to the atmosphere.
Roots Music Weekend PRO Céline Kavanagh says the plan is to make the weekend an annual event and organisers have the full backing of local business interests.
"Rural areas need attractions now more than ever and these 'win-win' weekends are just what we all need to kick off the summer season," she states.
"We first got the idea at the Crosshaven Folk Festival and we didn't want to clash with any other festival, so we have a range of musical styles on offer. It's really the 'mountain roots festival' which is apt for the geography of the area," Céline adds.
Meanwhile, one of the highlights over the weekend is sure to be performances by Cormac Dineen and Gavan Ring at the Sunday Mass.