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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Scart comes alive to the sound of its heritage trail

Published 31/07/2013 | 10:11

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THE Sliabh Luachra Cultural and Heritage Centre in Scartaglin hosted the first of its two musical trail concerts on Thursday evening. Organised in conjunction with 'The Gathering' the events are supported by North and East Kerry Development.

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THE Sliabh Luachra Cultural and Heritage Centre in Scartaglin hosted the first of its two musical trail concerts on Thursday evening. Organised in conjunction with 'The Gathering' the events are supported by North and East Kerry Development.

The spokesperson for the musical trail at the centre is Bridie Garvey and she sent the following report:

"As the sun set in the heart of the Sliabh Luachra the sleepy village of Scartaglin came alive with music, song and stories inspired by this unique area. The packed audience was treated to not one but four hours of brilliant entertainment. Fear an Ti Jerome O'Driscoll was spoilt for choice as he showcased local Sliabh Luachra musicians and performers who played, danced and sang just for the love of the music, its people and of course this very special place in Kerry.

Good story-tellers are a rare treat these days and John Joe Tangney delighted the packed out house with a humorous recitation on a hopeless house husband. Mary Philpot beamed as her talented team of dancers held the audience spell bound as they performed a couple of polka sets and the popular brush dance. Singers: Tom O'Connor, Shelia Tangney and Pat O'Sullivan, Tom McKenna and Christy Cronin along with sisters Rachel, Erin and Sorcha O'Connor and tin whistle player Shelia Hewitt all held their own amidst the troupe of fiddlers, concertinas, accordion and banjo players. Not forgetting the outstanding performances of fiddle player Con Moynihan and Denis O'Connor's on banjo.

Also excellent music provided by young upcoming musicians: Kilcummin's Niamh McSweeney and Steven O'Leary; Crowley brothers, Dean and Conor from Gneeveguilla; Shauna Lane, of Brosna; Sean nos dancing twins Sarah and Maurice O'Keeffe - with Alan Cronin's step dancing reel and hornpipe.

A tribute was paid to Patrick O''Keeffe by Jimmy Cullinane with his own recitation honouring the famous fiddler followed by a former pupil of O'Keeffe's, fiddle player Paddy Jones. You could have heard a pin drop as Paddy played a haunting tune that can only be described as heartbreakingly sad but food for the soul.

MC for the event, Jerome O'Driscoll closed the night by inviting regulars to the monthly Rambling House to centre stage and in true Rambling House style ended the evening on a high note with the crowd crying out for more.

If you missed it don't despair the volunteers are working hard on a second night of entertainment with another session planned with music, set dancing and craic that has earned this small but mighty village the well earned title of 'The Heart of the Sliabh Luachra.'

It promises to be a memorable night and not to be missed. And all for the mere price of €10!

The next 'Music Trail' night is to be held on Thursday, August 22, at 8.30pm and the doors will open at 7.30pm.

Admission fee will cover at least four hours of entertainment followed by tea, refreshments and a strip of raffle tickets.

The Scartaglin Heritage Centre also runs a Rambling House night on the second Monday of every month and all year round too. For more information on the activities you can call or text Helen on (087) 9422031.

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