Thursday 20 June 2019

Sliabh Luachra workshop duo talk about life on the road

A fascinating and absorbing musical workshop recently held at Boherbue Comprehensive School provided an opportunity for young musicians to meet with Bryan O'Leary and Niamh Ní Charra - two of the most exciting musicians flying the Sliabh Luachra flag.

Students from Abbeyfeale, Castleisland and Millstreet travelled to Boherbue for the workshop to enjoy performances by Bryan and Niamh who also spoke about their experiences learning their local music and performing it around the world.

Bryan who is grandson to the legendary accordion player Johnny O'Leary, recently released a new album with his band The Conifers. 

Niamh, a former soloist with Riverdance, is currently composing tunes for a new album and can be heard on the album 'Cuz' - a tribute to Terry Cuz Teahan. 

The students played to an audience of students and teachers and learned some new traditional pieces. The workshop was the brainchild of the school's new music teacher Anne Marie O'Keeffe, who was helped by Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence Eoin 'Stan' O'Sullivan.  Eoin said the workshop was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn more about the musical genre  and that he hoped to see more of  them take place in the future. 

"The music of Sliabh Luachra is a true treasure and there is a growing interest among a new generation. It would be a brilliant to take similar workshops to more schools," he said. 

Eoin's post as Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence was put in place by the Arts Offices of Cork, Kerry and Limerick County Council's with funding from the Arts Council.