A brilliant weekend of trad music at Con Curtin Festival

Part of a brilliant generation of trad musicians on the up: Emma Flynn, Templeglantine, Laim
Broderick, Abbeyfeale, Órla Bennis, Castletown, and Maria Flynn, Templeglantine. Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald
Part of a brilliant generation of trad musicians on the up: Emma Flynn, Templeglantine, Laim Broderick, Abbeyfeale, Órla Bennis, Castletown, and Maria Flynn, Templeglantine. Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald

A mecca for lovers of traditional music and dance from all over the land and beyond, the Con Curtin Festival came into its own in 2019 as the mighty village and its legion of trad friends celebrated it on the theme 'Returning Home to Brosna'.

And that was exactly what the masses did as fans of the pure sounds of Sliabh Luachra poured into Brosna in their droves to remember the great master Con Curtin himself and to enjoy a full weekend of the finest trad to be experienced anywhere. The diaspora was targeted for special mention this year and the plea worked no end, with people home from all over - even as far away as New Zealand!

And there was even a Government minister among the hordes that made Brosna off - Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciarán Cannon.

Minister Cannon addressed the community at the gathering in the Square on Saturday evening following the colourful Wren Boys' parade through the village; his presence deeply appreciated by the organising committee and the entire village as with the presence of all esteemed guests over the weekend.

As ever, the Con Curtin Festival was all about the unique Sliabh Luachra sound of the late musician (who passed away in 2009); described as a 'very unusual' style. It was heartening for older exponents of the sound to witness so many brilliant young talents playing their hearts out and keeping the tradition secured for another lifetime.

Kerryman

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