CASTLEISLAND is bracing itself for its annual influx of musicians, singers, dancers and supporters as the countdown for the annual Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival begins in earnest.
The event will get underway on Friday night when broadcaster and musician Danny O'Mahony will present his weekly Radio Kerry programme ' The Melting Pot' from the River Island Hotel at 8pm.
While there will be almost non-stop sessions of music in pubs throughout the town - there is also a number of events scheduled for those who like the quieter side of the programme.
Gabriel Fitzmaurice will present his annual and evergreen Poetry Extravaganza at the River Island Hotel on Sunday afternoon from 3pm. Here, an open mic policy ensures that democracy reigns and those who wish to can have their works aired. A song or two may punctuate the afternoon and this is one of the events which draws most of the positive comments in the wake of these weekends.
Peggy Sweeney will be a guest at the singing afternoon at ' The Poet's Inn' on Sunday afternoon. There she will tell the story and sing the songs of the late Sean McCarthy of Finuge. Peggy's presentation will be supported by an associated slide show by her husband the well known north Kerry photographer, Tom Fitzgerald.
On the Monday afternoon at 3pm the highly accomplished fiddle player, Geraldine O'Callaghan will present a lecture on the Life and Music of Julia Clifford at The Fountain Bar function room.
It's the Sunday night concert which is grabbing the headlines this year as an unprecedented line-up of top class performers will take to the stage at the River Island Hotel from 8pm.
The festival website at www.patrickokeeffe.net will tell more. A pocket sized brochure will be available to patrons who wish to plan their weekend on arrival on Friday evening.