THE extraordinary life and times of renowned Listowel fiddle player Tom Barrett was celebrated in superb fashion in Ballyheigue over the weekend at the village's annual traditional music festival.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the Bedford native's death, the weekend celebrations kicked off at the White Sands on Friday night where Tom's son Kerry gave a fascinating, illustrated talk about his father's love and passion for Irish music. That was followed by a lively session with a host of talented musicians from across north Kerry.
Saturday's proceedings began with with a workshop by Máire O'Keeffe, where musicians young and old got to learn the style of the late fiddle player. According to Kerry, musicians not only came from across the county, but some travelled from Dublin and Clonmel.
Saturday night's concert was also extremely well attended, with a large crowd enjoying performances by several well known Irish traditional musicians, including Geraldine and Eamon Cotter, who were past pupils of Tom while he lived in Ennis; local accordion player and former All-Ireland winner John Lucid, along with husband and wife team Michelle O'Sullivan and Tom Treanor. Kerry also performed at the concert in honour of his father.