TechWorks Festival at Green Glens Attracts Huge Young Audience

It’s rare to see double decker buses in Millstreet but on Sat. 16th March 2019 a number of them were part of the transport bringing huge numbers of enthusiastic young people to Green Glens for the annual TechWorks Festival.  Participants travelled from many parts of Ireland and some came from the UK also.  The event commences shortly after midday and ended at midnight.   The occasion was very well coordinated and security was most professional.   Such was the volume of the modern music that it echoed beyond Green Glens.   Clearly it was a happy and enjoyable occasion for the great number of participants.  We thank Thomas, Pat and Muireann and the TechWorks organisers for permitting us to share images from the very colourful event.  Click on the pictures (almost 40) to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “TechWorks Festival at Green Glens Attracts Huge Young Audience”

Millstreet CCÉ Play at St. Patrick’s Eve Mass

Maintaining a wonderful tradition at St. Patrick’s Church in Millstreet – Members of Millstreet CCÉ played a number of superb traditional airs at Mass on the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day 2019.   The blessed shamrock was placed near the altar.  Celebrant was Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P..   Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh go léir – The Blessings of St. Patrick to All.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Millstreet CCÉ Play at St. Patrick’s Eve Mass”

T.R. Dallas Interview on William’s CMS Show Tonight at 10pm

Seán Murphy of The Pub in Carriganima pictured with special guest the renowned T.R. Dallas who performed a magnificent presentation at The Pub on Friday, 20th Dec. 2013 before a capacity attendance.  T.R. Dallas will be returning to the Pub in Carriganima this Friday night (25th January 2019). Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
At 10pm tonight (Thurs. 24th Jan. 2019) William Fitzgerald will interview T.R. Dallas during his weekly Cork Music Station Show – in advance of the appearance of T.R. at the Pub in Carriganima on this Friday night.  To listen to the live interview please log into www.corkmusicstation.com

RTE’s “Ceilí House” from Rockchapel on Sat. 0ct. 20 and 27

The RTE radio one programme ‘Ceilí House’ will come from Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel, on Saturday, 20th and Saturday, 27th October after the 9pm News.  It will feature the Rockchapel Comhaltas based group, Ceoltoirí Sliabh Luachra, performing some of Sliabh Luachra’s oldest music.  Much of this music comes from the manuscripts of Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount, Rockchapel and the manuscripts of his father, Dan Curtin that go back to before 1850, and contain an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slides that characterise the area now, and also from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy of Mountcollins who died in 1907.

We thank Jack Roche for this important notice.  (S.R.)

“Music from The Manuscripts” in Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel

The Rockchapel based group Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra will present their new show “Music from The Manuscripts” in Bruach Na Carraige Rockchapel on Friday the 16th of March at 8.30pm.
This show is a celebration of the music of local musicians Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount Rockchapel, and his father Dan Curtin, and their neighbour Dave Leahy Secondgloss Mountcollins who died in 1907
The manuscripts from all three were recently discovered, Dan Curtin’s from the National Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. They date back to before 1850. They give us an important glimpse of an older layer of Sliabh Luachra Music that predates that what prevails today, with many tunes that have not been heard or heard of for over one hundred years. Dave Dan`s and Dave Leahy`s manuscripts were donated to the Bruach Na Carraige Archive, by the late Margaret O’Brien a daughter of Dave Dans of Elsberry Missouri in the US. They also contain tunes not heard anymore. These manuscripts illustrate the high quality of our traditional musicians around Rockchapel over one hundred and fifty years ago and their ability to produce such quality manuscripts at that time is amazing.

We thank Jack Roche for this Notice of the Upcoming Musical Event.  (S.R.)

Superb Local Successes at Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis

Anne Maria Lyons has kindly informed us of just some of the splendid success stories from this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis over the weekend.  We also thank Anne Maria for the attached pictures taken in Ennis.  Patrick Buckley (pictured holding the winning cup on left) and Claire Lyons (pictured at centre front) were in the Under-15 Céilí Band who won the All-Ireland while Darragh Twomey was in the winning Under-18 Band.  Music Teacher Alan Finn is pictured in front.  We shall later feature the amazingly successful Shandrum Céilí Band who made history in winning the All-Ireland Senior Band Event for the Third TimeSincere congratulations to all the wonderfully talented musicians.  This also includes Katie O’Sullivan of Cullen winning in the Under-12 English Singing and Diarmuid Cronin of Laught, Rathcoole who won the Under-15 Story Telling Competition.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Superb Local Successes at Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis”

Norah Hickey’s New 4 Track CD Now Available at Various Outlets

Norah Hickey’s new 4 track CD which contains her hit single “Happy Days in Heaven” has just been released. It costs €5 and is currently available to buy at:
Millstreet: Coleman’s Centra, Herlihy’s Centra, O’Keeffe’s Supervalu & “Duhallow Today” office at West End, Millstreet.
Rathmore: Hickey’s Centra & McCarthy’s Londis
Ballydaly: Guerin’s Shop
Boherbue: Supervalu
You can also order direct from 086-0374230 and Norah’s facebook

(https://www.facebook.com/norah.hickey.7) @ €5 + p&p

We thank Niall for the above information.  (S.R.)

 

Millstreet Welcomes American Visitors Who Have Local Connections

At the home of Mary Fahy (nee Forde) in Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet we extend a heartfelt welcome to Patricia from Dayton, Ohio, USA who has Dennehy roots in Kilmeedy and O’Leary roots in Adrivale. Pat was accompanied by her husband and by Friends, Diane and Fred. All enjoyed a wonderful musical interlude with the Cronin Family of Laught at Mary’s very welcoming home. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Pictured at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Sunday night splendid American visitors with their McSweeney Family connections. Most of the guests are from Boston while one (Donny) is from South Carolina. The Irish connection springs from the Daly sisters of Lomanaugh (near Boherbue). From left: Donny, Sally, Nora Dennehy, Michael, Nuala and Sarah McSweeney, Blair, Lisa and Kathleen. The Visitors are also scheduled to visit Tallow, Co. Waterford where we hope they will have a wicked (!) enjoyable time! The only two places of which we are aware that use the word “wicked” meaning “very” seem to be Co. Waterford …. and Boston!

 

Blue Grass & Country Music Delight at Millstreet Library

The wonderfully talented Blue Grass/Country Music Group from USA and Canada “Thunder & Rain” truly brought sunshine (!) to the enthusiastic audience at Millstreet Library on Friday morning (19th May 2017). Coordinator John from Mallow annually introduces such superb Groups to many audiences during the Bealtaine Festival. Click on the images to enlarge. Lots more images to follow later.  Many thanks to Librarian Grace for making such a splendid venue available.   The Group later visited Presentation N.S..  (S.R.)

Update (2017-06-14): Thunder and Rain have added two videos from Millstreet Library

 

 

 

Below: footage from their concert in the Presentation NS [from Presentation NS: Thunder & Rain]

Shandrum Céilí Band’s Homecoming Night in Mallow on Fri. 14th Oct.

The Shandrum Céilí Band are having a homecoming night on Friday 14th October 2016 in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 8.30pm to celebrate their victory and also the victory of anyone who won medals at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for CCÉ Craobh Chrónáin (Freemount). Prizewinners performing on the night include the Shandrum Céilí Band, the 15-18 Crossfields Céilí Band, Craobh Chrónáin Set Dancers and many more.   There will be a cover charge on the night.  We thank Miriam O’Sullivan for this important notice and we extend sincere congratulations to All the superbly talented musicians, singers and dancers who were so very successful in the recent national Fleadh at Ennis.  (S.R.)

Local Band Shortlisted by 2FM for ‘Play the Electric Picnic’ Competition

Local Band Shortlisted by 2FM for ‘Play the Electric Picnic’ Competition

Tanjier’s debut release ‘Sunrise’ chosen as one of the top 30 songs

Local band, Tanjier have recently released their first single, ‘Sunrise’. It has been shortlisted by RTÉ 2FM and Oxfam for their ‘Play the Picnic’ competition. Out of the hundreds of acts that entered, they have been chosen as one of the top 30. If they get into the top 10, they will be playing at Electric Picnic in September. To get into the top 10, they are asking people to vote for them and raise money for Oxfam via text.

“Oxfam fights against worldwide poverty. To play on the Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic this summer, would be an amazing experience. If we go on to play the Cosby Stage as the overall winner, it could open up countless possibilities for Tanjier. We’re asking people to help make this happen by sending a quick text stating ‘Picnic2’ (no spaces) to 50300 to support this fight against poverty and vote for us! Texts cost just €2 and the proceeds go towards Oxfam,” said Tommy.

Tanjier are a dynamic Band based in Dublin from Cork, Mayo and Donegal. Tommy Buckley is a native Corkman, from Millstreet. (Tommy is son of Tadhg & Joan Buckley of Drishane Road and grandson of Catherine and the late Seán Buckley of Kilcorney) They first formed in October, 2015. The Band members first met in a variety of circumstances. “I met Ronan in primary school in Castlefinn. I then met Tommy in Teacher Training College in Marino, Dublin. Finally, I met Ann when we were in Uganda on a volunteer teaching programme. The Band formed a few years later,” said Michael.

Currently, they are preparing for the release of their debut EP, ‘Sunrise’ on 31st July in the Wiley Fox, Dublin. Blending synthpop, indie rock, folk, funk as well as alternative genres, they are a four piece that infuse many different styles of music. Their influences range from Bob Dylan, Bon Iver to Coldplay and Jack Garratt. They perform with a wide range of instuments and enjoy blending 3 part harmonies.

The closing date for the competition is 29th July. You can keep up to date with Tanjier and find out more on Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud.

Tanjier - Tommy Buckley, Ronan Lynch, Ann Horan, Michael Killen
Superb Band “Tanjier” – Tommy Buckley, Ronan Lynch, Ann Horan, Michael Killen. Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

We wish Tommy and his Friends in this new and exciting Band “Tanjier” enormous  success and very much encourage everyone to vote in support not only of the superb Band but for the highly praiseworthy Oxfam Charity which does such important work on a global basis.  (S.R.)

[read more …] “Local Band Shortlisted by 2FM for ‘Play the Electric Picnic’ Competition”

“The Rolling Wave” RTÉ 1 Radio Programmes on Scartaglin’s World Fiddle Day Concert 2016 To Be Broadcast on Sunday 24 and 31 July at 9pm

On Sunday July 24 and Sunday July 31 at 9pm on “The Rolling Wave” RTÉ 1 Radio programme Peter Browne will broadcast highlights from this year’s World Fiddle Day Concert which took place on May 21 in Heritage Centre Scartaglin .  Below we feature some images for that very special Concert:

P.J. Teahan expressing sincere thanks to the capacity audience attending the superb Concert in Scartaglin on 21st May 2016. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
P.J. Teahan expressing sincere thanks to the capacity audience attending the superb Concert in Scartaglin on 21st May 2016. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Michael Thornton with two of the wonderfully dedicated Coordinators.
Michael Thornton (on left) with two of the wonderfully dedicated Coordinators.
RTÉ's Peter Browne attended the Concert at Scartaglin and delivered a truly fascinating illustrated lecture on the wonderfully rich musical culture of Sliabh Luachra.
RTÉ’s Peter Browne attended the Concert at Scartaglin and delivered a truly fascinating illustrated lecture on the wonderfully rich musical culture of Sliabh Luachra.

3Scartaglin Heritage Centre 21st May 2016 -600The number of superbly talented Fiddle Players who are seen on stage in our next picture provided magnificent music and were just some of the many local, national and international musicians who attended this now renowned World Fiddle Festival in Scartaglin. [read more …] ““The Rolling Wave” RTÉ 1 Radio Programmes on Scartaglin’s World Fiddle Day Concert 2016 To Be Broadcast on Sunday 24 and 31 July at 9pm”

Bluegrass Music Magic at Millstreet Library 2016

“Mile Twelve” Bluegrass Group from Boston presented an hour long magical music experience in the world of the hugely popular Bluegrass music genre on Thursday, 5th May as part of Bealtaine Festival 2016. A million thanks to Breda at Millstreet Library for according us all such a marvellous privilege hearing this splendid Band and to John Nyham for organising the Irish Tour of these wonderfully talented Musicians. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

2Bluegrass Music Magic at Library 2016 -6003Bluegrass Music Magic at Library 2016 -6004Bluegrass Music Magic at Library 2016 -6006Bluegrass Music Magic at Library 2016 -600 We accorded our distinguished Visitors a tour of Millstreet Museum after which they enjoyed refreshments in the Library.  On my “Radio Treasures” programme on Cork Music Station next Tuesday at 10.30pm I shall be sharing some of their superb music as well as an interview with the very talented young people. [read more …] “Bluegrass Music Magic at Millstreet Library 2016”

Nora’s High Achievement Tin Whistle Certificate Award

Nora O'Sullivan,Laught,Rathcoole pictured with her teacher Noreen O'Connor presenting her with her High achievement certificate for Tin Whistle for 2015 from Cork County School of Music. (Picture courtesy of Sheila Fitzgerald)
Nora O’Sullivan,Laught,Rathcoole pictured with her teacher Noreen O’Connor presenting her with her High achievement certificate for Tin Whistle for 2015 from Cork County School of Music.  (Picture courtesy of Sheila Fitzgerald)  Sincere congratulations to Nora on such a prestigious achievement.  (S.R.)