THE allure of Brosna's Con Curtin traditional music festival appears to be reaching a wider audience year after year, with record crowds visiting the north Kerry village over the weekend.
Traditional music lovers from across north Kerry, west Limerick and north Cork descended on the usually quiet village of Brosna between Friday and Sunday for what locals have agreed was the busiest weekend in the festival's 13 year history,
While those who came for the music were certainly spoiled for choice with a tremendous line up of concerts, sessions and recitals taking place over the weekend, the music workshops made a hugely popular return this year.
"It was out first time re introducing the workshops in about six or seven years and they were a massive hit," committee chairman Denis Curtin said. "We had huge numbers for all workshops on Saturday, which included five for music workshops, as well as singing and Sean Nós."
Celtic Steps dancer Shane Creed oversaw the Sean Nós workshop and was impressed with its success
"I am very pleased with how it went. I had 21 taking part and it went well. There was a great mix of young and old dancing in the hall with me," he said.
Also proving hugely popular was the senior and junior busking competitions on Sunday, along with a concert by Johnny Reidy, which rounded off another extremely successful festival, Denis said