Cullen Culture Night

Uplifting evening of traditional music, singing, stories and dancing from the abundance of locals who performed so successfully in the recent Fleadh Cheoil events.   Try your hand at playing drums or pipes courtesy of Cullen Pipe Band members fresh from the World Championships (7-8pm).    All welcome between 8 and 10.30pm at Cullen Community Centre on Friday 20th September 2019 for the concert, a cup of tea and lots of craic.

 

The Second Millstreet Music Fair (1997)

Preview: Roll on Millstreet
OUR bizarre planning laws may well sound the death knell for open-air festivals yet, but for the moment there’s plenty to enjoy. U2’s dates may well be gone, but this bank holiday weekend sees the second Millstreet Music Fair which, while hardly at the cutting edge of music today, does offer some of the best in Irish acts, plus a few classy visitors. Christy Moore, Jackson Browne, The Divine Comedy, Steve Earle, Jools Holland and Suzanne Vega are all on the bill this year. But among the lesser’ acts you’ll find some real gems too: the unmissable Frank and Waiters, Toni Robinson, Pierce Tumor, Sharon Shannon and Nano*, among them. Millstreet organisers are very keen to get away from the rock festival image of drugs and booze and to push their Music Fair as a family event. So, they’ve booked Galway’s hisenas to perform on the site and they’re bringing in a genuine circus big top. On top of that, there’s a supervised play area for the kids, a fireworks show and a craft village. All that happens on Sunday, but for die-hard festival goers who can’t enjoy themselves without making a weekend of it, Saturday’s eve-of-Fair party night should do the trick. The Afro Gk Sound System top this bill, with Slowed Lohan and Kila also in on the act. So there you have it. It’s not Lisdoonvarna or Slane, but the 1997 Millstreet Music Fair has enough ingredients for a decent weekend away. Tickets are still selling at usual agents, but you can ring 01-4569569, credit card in hand.

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Millstreet outdoor music fair driven indoors
Mon, Aug 4, 1997, 01:00

You know nothing of true misery until you’ve huddled in a doorway in Millstreet, Co Cork, on a Sunday morning, tetchily waiting for the pubs to open and watching sheets of apocalyptic rain fall from the grey skies.

The Millstreet Music Fair was supposed to be a sweltering sunfest. We were to wallow in the summery meadows of the Green Glens, soaking up the feel-good rays and enjoying the melodic offerings of 21 internationally renowned singers.

But the gods work in perverse and mysterious ways and, as the gates opened at noon yesterday, pounding rain descended. Just for good measure, a nasty wind was blowing in from the west and there was a November chill in the air.

In his eternal wisdom, Noel C. Duggan built an indoor arena at Millstreet, and most of the crowd of about 5,000 headed for that, leaving just a couple of hundred sodden souls braving the elements at the main stage outdoors.

The acts were doing their best to raise the collective spirit. The line-up at this, the second Millstreet Music Fair, wasn’t half bad, an eclectic mix blending everything from the worthy lyricism of Jackson Brown to some very clever, arty pop.

The general atmosphere, though hardly electric, was cheery enough: it takes more than a rainstorm to dampen the ardour of throngs of 18-year-olds.

Meanwhile, torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of people who turned out in Waterford in support of Spraoi, the city’s annual bank holiday street carnival.

The organisers decided yesterday morning to relocate all outdoor gigs to indoor venues after heavy rainfall threatened to ruin the festivities.

Set Dancing Classes with Seven Time All-Ireland Champion

Patrick O Callaghan will be holding set dancing classes in Dromtarriffe Parish Hall, commencing on SATURDAY THE 14TH OF SEPTEMBER. Beginners from 10-11am and advanced classes 11-12pm. Patrick will teach various sets and steps for both fun and competition level. All ages from 5+ welcome. For further information and bookings contact Patrick on 0873174561.

The Millstreet Music Fair (1996)

GIG of the weekend: Millstreet Music Fair, Cork, Sunday [1]

The line-up for this one-day event in the spacious Green Glens Arena has something for nearly everybody, from full-blooded celtic soul brothers Van Morrison and Shane MacGowan to the glittery contemporary pop of The Corrs and the camp shenanigans of Bono’s buddy Gavin Friday.
Rabble-rousers The Saw Doctors are also in there somewhere, as are Canada’s The Cowboy Junkies, country queen Emmylou Harris, squeezebox ace Sharon Shannon and the legendary John Martyn, a man known to equal Van in the getting out of the wrong side of the bed of a morning stakes.
The action will take place over three separate stages – the Greenfield, the World and the Examiner Stage, with some 30 acts performing.
Organisers say if the gig is a major success they will turn it into an annual event.

notes: The Millstreet Music Fair took place on Sunday, 04 August 1996. John played with band on the World Stage. Other acts there included Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Junkies, Altan, Kiki Dee and Ann di Franco. Van Morrisson was scheduled for the Greenfield Stage.

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“Van Morrison story No. 2! Jim Casey mentioned on my earlier Van the Man post about the outdoor Van Morrison gig from the mid 90s. It was the 1996 Millstreet Music Fair. One stage in the indoor showjumping arena and another big stage outside. Van headlined, The Coors, The Saw Doctors, Altan, Paul Brady and a host of support acts. Gavin Friday played indoors. Emmylou Harris and Cowboy Junkies played. Van’s blacked out people carrier arrived backstage and out jumped the man himself with Michelle Rocha. The boxer Stephen Collins and his wife were with them. Van went straight on stage and launched into the first tune. Rocha and the others stayed backstage drinking champagne. I was crouched at the side of the stage watching the gig. Someone stood behind me and I looked up. There was Emmylou Harris – the Goddess. She watched every minute of the gig, sang along and when it was over walked past the event junkies still quaffing back the champers and made her way back to the other stage. That is all!!!!” – [Paul McDermott]

A Magnificent Five-in-a-Row for “Crossfields” Céilí Band

Pictured below is the superbly talented U18 Crossfields Céilí Band after their splendid win in Drogheda at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann on Sunday, 18th August 2019…Hugely thrilled!  🙂  Local members of this Band are Marie O’Neill, Darragh Twomey, Anna Buckley & Leah Murphy.  Our picture also includes Alan Finn, Coach supreme. Nine members  of this Band are in their last year of U18 competition thus they  were so delighted to have been part of the magnificent Five-in-a-Row Winning Céilí Band.  We thank Bridget Buckley for the picture and caption information.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

More Local Fleadh Cheoil Success

Well done to all who participated in the recent Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.  Congratulations to Eddie Kiely who won the O18 guitar accompaniment in Drogheda with Tadhg O’Sullivan Millstreet. Congratulations to Katie O’Sullivan Cullen U15 English Singing, and also to Diarmuid Cronin Rathcoole U18 Storytelling.
The CD celebrating 40 years of Millstreet Comhaltas 2019 for sale in Coleman’s, Wordsworth, Munster Fire and Safety, O’Leary Butchers and Herlihy’s Centra featuring local participants. All proceeds to Millstreet Comhaltas children learning traditional music.  Enrol next month, learn to play an instrument,  win new friends and join in the craic.

[read more …] “More Local Fleadh Cheoil Success”

All Ireland Success for Siobhán, Darragh, Leah, Marie and Anna

Congratulations to Siobhán Ní Chróinín who won the Corn Stiofáin Uí hEalaoire for Scéalaíocht.  for Scéalíocht (15-18) in Drogheda last Sunday at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019 in Drogheda.

Also, congratulations to Darragh Twomey, Leah Murphy, Marie O’Neill, and Anna Buckley, who also won at the Fleach Cheoil, in the Ceili Band Competition (15-18) as part of the Crossfields Ceili Band.

All that on top of the Under 12 Set which finished second during the week, and Muireann O’Connor of Cullen won the Flute Slow Air Competition (U12) and the  Crossfield Ceili Band Under 12s also won the Ceili Band Competition.

[read more …] “All Ireland Success for Siobhán, Darragh, Leah, Marie and Anna”

Music for Marie: The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert This Sunday at 8pm in Knocknagree Church

A night of celebration and remembrance for Marie Collins who passed away in January 2018 will take place on the August Bank Holiday Sunday (4th) in Knocknagree Church, Co. Cork and all proceeds are going to Sudden Adult Death Ireland. In store for those in attendance is an evening of traditional music, song and dance hosted by Three-in-a-row All-Ireland Champions, The Shandrum Céilí Band.

Concert organiser Timmy Collins said: My mom, Marie, has been described as a pillar of the community and was adored by many. Originally from Knocknagree, she married my Dad, Danny, in 1992 and made the big move to Doon, Kiskeam. She loved music and bestowed upon me, more so than anyone else, my love and loyalty for Sliabh Luachra music. I also got my skill for organisation and social media from her, long before she set up her business DigiPulse Marketing. We will remember and celebrate her at this very special event – Ní hé líon na bport, ach feabhas an cheoil.  [read more …] “Music for Marie: The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert This Sunday at 8pm in Knocknagree Church”

Mushera Platform Dance, Venue changed to Marquee in Ballinagree Tommorrow Sunday August 4th

Mushera Platform Dance Tommorrow Sunday August 4th from 3.00pm to 5.30pm Music by The Singing Jarvey,Everyone Welcome.

NOTE

Due to the inclement weather forecast for Tomorrow,The Mushera Platform Committee have decided to have the dance undercover in the Marquee in Ballinagree village PX 12 PF 66. Music by the Singing Jarvey. 3 to 5.30 pm Enquiries to 086 0647381. 

Upcoming Events at McCarthy`s Bar Millstreet

The ever popular TR Dallas is appearing at McCarthy`s Bar in Millstreet on Tonight Thursday August 1st,a great Night of Music and Entertainment not to be missed,and on Sunday Evening August 4th from 6-9pm Barbeque for Customers with Music by The Rogues.

Prizewinners at the Munster Fleadh

Congratulations to all from Millstreet Comhaltas that took part in the Munster Fleadh this weekend. Here are those that came away with medals and qualified for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda in August:

  • RINCE SEIT, MNÁ / FULL SET, LADIES FAOI 12: 2nd. Sráid an Mhuilinn Team R Caledonian Set, Sráid an Mhuilinn, Corcaigh [f] (pictured below)
  • AMHRÁNAÍOCHT AR AN SEAN NÓS (MNÁ) / IRISH SINGING (LADIES) 15-18: 2nd. Siobhán Ní Chróinín, Sráid an Mhuilinn, Corcaigh [f]
  • ENGLISH SINGING (LADIES) / AMHRÁIN BHÉARLA (MNÁ) 15-18: 2nd. Máiréad Ní Mhúineacháin, Sráid an Mhuilinn, Corcaigh [f]
  • SCÉALAÍOCHT 15-18: 1st. Siobhán Ní Chróinín, Sráid an Mhuilinn, Corcaigh [f]
  • FOINN MHALLA, FIDIL / FIDDLE SLOW AIRS FAOI 12: 2nd. Éabha Ní Dhraighneain, Sráid an Mhuilinn, Corcaigh [f]

[read more …] “Prizewinners at the Munster Fleadh”

Mushera Platform Dance on Tonight St Johns Night Monday June 24th

Mushera Platform Dance on this Monday Night St John’s Night after Mass at St John’s Well from 8.30pm to 10.30pm with Music by Jerome Coakley and Lee Sound,Everybody Welcome.

USA Champions

Congratulations to Olivia & Justyna who became USA CHAMPIONS in YOUTH GIRLS DUO NOVICE category at the USA Acrobatic Rock-n-Roll Dance Championships in Boston. Anastazja & Filip also finished a very high 2nd place in YOUTH COUPLS INTERMEDIATE category!
The Empire Rock’n’Roll Dance School brought home 7 golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronze medals from the USA Championships. Anastazja Baksalary with Filip Turek from Millstreet and Oliwier Witkowski and Nikola Zdrzalik from Mallow will go represent Ireland in SOCHI Word Cup, 29 June 2019. They are best couples in Ireland. Congratulations every one

[read more …] “USA Champions”

Millstreet Comhaltas CD

Millstreet Comhaltas Branch is celebrating!!  We have recently launched a celebration CD.  This year our branch in Millstreet is 40 years old.  So, 40 past & present members along with some friends recorded a CD.  This is a unique snapshot of the talent in Millstreet in 2019 – 40 years after the foundation of Comhaltas here.

We hope you will all take the opportunity to get your copy.  All funds raised in the sales will go straight to the branch, to enable us to keep delivering classes and events for all our members and the community at large. Simply  CLICK HERE to purchase it for only €10.

On behalf of all the young (and not so young) musicians and singers featured, THANK YOU very much.


[read more …] “Millstreet Comhaltas CD”

June Bank Holiday Weekend Entertainment at McCarthys Bar

Entertainment at McCarthys Bar for the June Bank Holiday Weekend

Bank Holiday Saturday Night June 1st : Music by The Rogues

Bank Holiday Sunday Night June 2nd : Music by Anthony Lehane

Everybody Welcome,Have a great Weekend.

First Mushera Platform Dance of the Season on Tommorrow Sunday May 19th

First Mushera Platform Dance of the Season on Tommorrow Sunday May 19th with Music by Tim Joe and Ann From 3 to 5.30pm,No Cover Charge,Everybody Welcome.

The Boss Murphy Musical Legacy: New CD by the Shandrum Céilí Band

The new CD by the The Shandrum Céilí Band ‘The Boss Murphy Musical Legacy’ is being launched. If you want to get your hands on a copy as soon as possible, get yourself to our CD launch in Buttevant on Saturday night at 8pm!

[read more …] “The Boss Murphy Musical Legacy: New CD by the Shandrum Céilí Band”

Celebrating 40 Years of Millstreet Comhaltas Branch

CD Launch and Social Night to Celebrate 40 Years of Millstreet Comhaltas Branch

Millstreet Comhaltas Branch is 40 years old this year and, to celebrate, we’re having a social night in The Wallis Arms Hotel on Saturday 25th May. This promises to be a great night of music, song, dance and chat – and we would be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to celebrate with us.

We will be launching a special celebration CD on the night. The CD includes recordings of present and past members of Millstreet Comhaltas. Gather in the hotel from 7:30 with the formal part of the evening starting at 8:00 in the function room. Food will be either a BBQ or Buffet depending on the weather.

Tickets for the launch and celebration will be on sale on Monday 13th May in the Parish Centre from 7:00 to 8:00pm and those interested are advised to come along to make sure of a place.

If you can’t make the ticket sales, please email <millstreetcomhaltas@gmail.com> to book your place.   [read more …] “Celebrating 40 Years of Millstreet Comhaltas Branch”

Good Luck to our U12 Set Dancers

Wishing the Millstreet U12 mixed Set Dancers all the very best of Luck in the Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaì 2019 County Dancing Competitions in Dunmanway , today Monday 6th May. Good luck also to all others competing.Pictured above are: Back Row. L-R. Katie McCaul. Kera O’Sullivan. Aoibhe Lynch. Evie O’Leary. Front Row. L-R. James Fitzgerald. Ryan Kelleher. Nicholas J. Buckley. Eoin Tarrant.