Monday 27 May 2019

Eoin appointed first Sliabh Luachra 'Musician in Residence'

Maria Herlihy

The adage of how the apple doesn't fall far from the tree can be said about a Duhallow father and son whose love of music knows no bounds. 

Fiddle player and Scully festival organiser Eoin O'Sullivan has been appointed as the Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence and for the next year he will be working with schools in the region promoting awareness of the region's vast musical heritage.

Eoin spent his childhood immersed in the music and history of Sliabh Luachra with thanks to his father, the fiddle playing Newmarket historian Raymond O'Sullivan. 

Eoin has worked as a musician since the age of 16 and while his own musical life has been diverse and colourful, he is most passionate about the music and culture of the region where he grew up.

Back in 2013, Eoin began a small school teaching local music to people of all ages and that year he also took on the role of director of Scullys Fest, and has helped grow the festival to be one of the highlights of the Sliabh Luachra musical calendar.

Eoin will also engage with music festivals, music, singing and set dance groups, local musicians and music teachers to help promote the excellent work that is being done by these groups. 

The residency is a new initiative by the Arts Offices of Cork and Kerry County Council and Limerick City and County Council, the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the Arts Council. 

Announcing the appointment, Cork County Arts Officer Ian McDonagh said: "The Sliabh Luachra region has an incredibly rich heritage in music, song and dance.  The Sliabh Luachra style is one of the great traditional music performance styles and is known the world over. 

"However, the transmission and practice of that great tradition is under pressure on many levels. Through this residency, we are delivering on a commitment to support the musicians and organisations already working locally to preserve and promote the music of their local areas."