Arty McGlynn and Tony O'Connell on flying visit to Kate Pat's Bar
ARTY McGlynn and Tony O'Connell need no introduction at the doors - front or back - of the finest music venues on these islands and beyond and they needed no introduction eithe when both showed up at the door of Kate Pats's Bar in Brosna for an impromptu session one night last week.
There to meet them were a pair of local, up and coming musical brothers, Darragh and Gearóid Curtin and the session was on.
O'Connell, from West Limerick with strong family roots in Brosna, has played and recorded with some of the leading musicians around today and McGlynn from Omagh in Co. Tyrone has played and recorded with the likes of Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn. McGlynn has also played as a member of groundbreaking groups like Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and the Van Morrison Band.
Both men are on a joint recording mission in Kerry and the Brosna session was a useful sounding board for their project. Here, ears are keen to the point of split second discernment but there wasn't a fraction of anything out of place to report. They were joined on whistle by uileann piper and composer Antonia Wernig - the award laden Austrian - for their impromptu session in the heart of Con Curtin Counrty on the shoulder of the now organised, always spirited and tightly-knit Sliabh Luachra Music Trail.