PJ and friends plan World Fiddle Day special
CASTLEISLAND'S PJ Teahan has been a confirmed disciple of Caoimhín Mac Aodha for the past couple of years. He, PJ that is, took a leaf from the Donegal man's book in May 2013 and created a thing of beauty that impacted on Castleisland and Scartaglin. That single, downward stroke enriched the already deeply cultural bedrock of both places. Downward - only because of the Donegal to Kerry thing.
PJ has several circles drawn around the Friday and Saturday of May 16th 17th with a further plan of enrichment for the two areas already mentioned. That Saturday is World Fiddle Day and PJ and friends - Tom O'Connell, Mick Culloty and Con Moynihan - are planning a special day of fiddle music in Lyons's Bar in Scartaglin at 4-30pm. There will be open sessions in both, Fleming's and O'Connor's bars in Scart at the same time.
And the Friday? That'll be used for turning-up, tuning-up, limbering up and lubricating up in several public houses in Castleisland in preparation from the 'big one' in Scart on Saturday. Apart from the World Fiddle Day celebrations there is a special significance in the Scart sessions in that they'll celebrate the iconic recording of The Star Above the Garter.
This classic recording by the brother and sister team of Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford is regarded as one of the most technically perfect, traditional fiddle music recordings made. It was recorded and released by Claddagh Records in Dublin in 1969. The artwork on its cover by Catherine Folatre was also regarded as being away ahead of its time - whatever that meant then. The 40th anniversary of Denis Murphy's death occurred on April 7th while Julia Clifford died in June 1997.
While there are no invitations being issued to this event there is a growing list of prominent fiddle players who have pledged their support and promised their presence on the weekend.
It has all the makings of a great one. More information as the time draws near.