Best of trad at Con Curtin weekend

The late Brosna fiddle player and publican, Con Curtin pictured with his wife Ann in their pub. Photo: John Reidy
The late Brosna fiddle player and publican, Con Curtin pictured with his wife Ann in their pub. Photo: John Reidy

THE official launch of Brosna's annual Con Curtin Traditional Music Festival took place on Monday night when Radio Kerry's 'Trip to the Cottage' was broadcast from The Three Counties Bar.

The legendary Danny O'Mahony, who hosts the show, had a variety of guests in to play music, sing and tell stories for the duration of the programme. The event proved the ideal forum to put next weekend's festival on a sound footing.

The festival takes place from Friday, June 28th to Sunday 30th inclusive and will provide a programme full of the best of traditional music, song and dance and a concert for great measure.

The concert will feature acts like: Caladh Nua an exciting line-up of deeply rooted traditional musicians from the Carlow / Kilkenny/ Waterford areas.

Local box player and 2012 All-Ireland champion, Martin O'Connell will perform as will Gretta Curtin and friends and many others in an evening to be compered by the incomparable Sean O Se as fear a' ti.

A series of workshops will be held on Saturday morning on many of the instruments favoured in the area. Midlands musician, Dave Sheridan will conduct fiddle classes as will:

Derek Hickey on the accordion; Michael King on the flute; Evelyn O'Connell, singing and the Begley blooded, Aogan Lynch on concertina and Brian Mooney on banjo.

At the end of the classes an overall musician will be picked and presented with a perpetual trophy and this competition will be confined to U-15s.

On Sunday there will be junior and senior busking competitions; a Ceili with Johnny Reidy and the renowned singing club at Flanagan's Bar. All weekend music sessions continue day and night.

The late Con Curtin enjoyed this festival in his honour from its inception in 2001 to the time of his passing in April 2009.

The rarity of musicians having a festival in their honour while alive and the humour there attached was one that didn't escape Con's rasping wit. It was Jimmy Deenihan, TD - now minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht - who first suggested that Con, and the character he was, could and should have a home village festival in his honour and name. The rest is his story. Gerard Curtin is the man to contact for further information on: 087-6997955.