Monday 20 November 2017

Ionad Cultúrtha concert to celebrate Sliabh Luachra music

Sliabh Luachra accordion-player Paudie O'Connor.
Sliabh Luachra accordion-player Paudie O'Connor.

Sen Loingsigh

SLIABH LUACHRA accordion player Paudie O'Connor will be one of three guest musicians to play at a special concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Bhúirne this Friday night, 22 March.

The Ballyhar box-player will be joined by his wife, fiddle-player Aoife Ní Chaoimh, who is a former pupil of the famous Sliabh Luachra music teaching couple, Nicky and Anne McAulliffe.

Dublin piper Mick O'Brien completes the line-up for this concert, which is part of a nationwide Music Network tour.

Mick is a member of the well-known O'Brien family of musicians, and is a keen player of traditional reels and jigs associated with the Sliabh Luachra style.

In 2008, O'Connor recorded a distinctive accordion and pipes duet album entitled Wind and Reeds with Mick O'Brien's brother John, a former Riverdance musician from those glorious years.

Paudie's wife Aoife is a member of the O'Keeffe family of musicians from Tralee, and like her husband, she learned much of her music from Sliabh Luachra masters, Nicky and Anne McAulliffe.

The combination of all three explains the national and international popularity of Sliabh Luachra music, and solos are sure to feature from these fine individual musicians.

A concert will also be held at the Ionad Pobail community centre in Cill na Martra this Friday night as part of the continuing fundraising campaign by the local Craobh Lachtaín Naofa branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann who are organising the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil to be held in Baile Bhúirne from 9-12 May this year.

The Cill na Martra concert will feature winners of the memorable County Fleadh held in Macroom last year.


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