The 18th annual Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival will take place in Ballydesmond and Kiskeam over the Easter weekend. It is a four day event that will see talented musicians from
The 18th annual Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival will take place in Ballydesmond and Kiskeam over the Easter weekend. It is a four day event that will see talented musicians from all over Ireland and abroad perform in a series of events both in Ballydesmond and Kiskeam. The Festival highlights the Sliabh Luachra style which is essentially the playing of the melodeon, tin whistle and other instruments in fiddle style.
This years Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival kicks off in the Ballydesmond Community Centre with a Céilí getting the music and dancing off to a flying start on the Friday night at 9.30pm.
Saturday will see a Fiddle Workshop followed by the Fiddle Competition in the Kiskeam Community Centre. In the evening you will have the chance to attend Ceolchoirm na nÓg (Young Peoples Concert), again in the Kiskeam Community Centre.
The Concert on Sunday will feature Nicky & Anne McAuliffe with Michelle O’Sullivan; Bryan O’Leary & Marty Barry; Derek Hickey & Liam Flanagan; Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly; Muireann Vaughan; Rachel O’Connor, Leah Murphy, Ciara Hartnett & Sheila Kavanagh and many more.
During the festival, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in John D’s, Ballydesmond and Shamrocks and the Why Not in Kiskeam where enthusiasts of the Sliabh Luachra style can either participate in or attend as appreciating audiences. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment open for all to enjoy. For details and times of the sessions can be found by visiting Session Trail.
So for a great Easter weekend of Sliabh Luachra style music and dance Ballydesmond and Kiskeam are the places to be.
Full details of the programme for the Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival can be found by visiting mauriceokeeffe.org, or by following on Facebook or Twitter for the latest up to date information. If you have any queries about the festival, then please email them to [email protected].
19 (Friday) 9:00 am - 22 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Kiskeam and Ballydesmond
Kiskeam, Co. Cork, Ireland