Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh


Award-winning musician Niamh Ní Charra from Killarney who’ll be performing at Scoil Cheoil and Earraigh’s Friday night concert in Halla na Feothanaí

It’s almost impossible to live in Kerry without stumbling across a world class musician or performer. And this year’s Scoil Cheoil is all about celebrating the fact, with an incredible range of Kerry performers, from an eight-year-old storyteller to an octogenarian fiddle player, set to take to the stage at the Scoil’s two concerts this weekend.
The eight-year-old in question is Ard na Caithne’s Antaine O’Sé, who’ll be continuing West Kerry’s rich storytelling tradition when he braves the Halla na Feothanaí stage on Friday, February 21st. Concert goers will also get a chance to travel back in time with musicians Mick O’Brien, his daughters Ciara and Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Emer Mayock, who’ll be performing some of the many tunes collected in West Kerry during the 1800s by Canon Goodman.  Killarney’s award-winning Niamh Ní Charra will also be playing at the Friday night concert, along with fiddle players Seán Cleland and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, flute player Caoimhín Ó Sé, young Cork fiddle player Bréanainn Ó Mathúna, and sean-nós singer Murdo‘Wasp’ MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides.
Saturday night’s concert is also bursting with great names – legendary Sliabh Luachra fidde player Paddy Cronin accompanied by guitarist Gearóid O Duinnín, West Kerry singer Seosamhín Ní Bheaglaoich and harpist Kathleen Loughnane, Piper Allan MacDonald, North Kerry Uileann piper Leonard Barry, local man Pádraig
Ó Sé and his family, Tomás Ó Lúing, sean-nós dancer Gearóid Ó Dubháin, and Listowel singer and songwriter Mickey McConnell.

‘This year we’re going right back to the core of what we’ve been doing these past ten years at Scoil Cheoil – we’re getting together some of the finest exponents of traditional music in Kerry, and celebrating the rich heritage of this area,’ says Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh organiser Niamh Ní Bhaoill.  ‘And it’s truly a cross generational celebration not only of music, but of the traditions of this place, with eight-year-old Antaine Ó Sé set to tell a story at the Friday night concert that was passed on to him from renowned storyteller Pat Chanair Ó Conchubhair, one of the Scoil’s first performers. It’s great to see that local tradition being carried on by a child from the area.’
Concert tickets cost €15 for adults, €10 for children, and are available from the Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh information desk at Óstán Ceann Sibéal, Ballyferriter, 9.30am to 5.30pm, Thursday to Saturday, or at the door on the night. You can also contact the Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh office at 086 8185964.

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