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.)

Certificate of Achievement and Commitment for Nora and Gerard

Congratulations to Nora O'Sullivan and Gerard O'Hanlon who recently received a Certificate of Achievement and Commitment from the County Cork School of Music. Their award was for Group Music in the Community 2014. Nora O'Sullivan and Gerard O'Hanlon are pictured with Principal of County Cork School of Music Carol Daly and their teacher Noreen O'Connor.(Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald)  We thank Jim O'Sullivan for the picture and caption.  (S.R.)
Congratulations to Nora O’Sullivan and Gerard O’Hanlon who recently received a Certificate
of Achievement and Commitment from the County Cork School of Music.
Their award was for Group Music in the Community 2014. Nora O’Sullivan and Gerard O’Hanlon are pictured with (second from left) Principal of County Cork School of Music
Carol Daly and their teacher Noreen O’Connor.   (Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald)  We thank Jim O’Sullivan for the picture and caption.  (S.R.)

Official Launch of Millstreet Community Singers Magnificent Audio CD

The exact moment on Friday, 7th Nov. 2014 at the Wallis Arms Hotel when Coordinator Supreme, Maria Twomey declared "Together" - the new wonderfully superb audio CD featuring Millstreet Community Singers - officially launched.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
The exact moment on Friday, 7th Nov. 2014 at the Wallis Arms Hotel when Coordinator Supreme, Marie Twomey declared “Together” – the wonderfully superb new Audio CD featuring Millstreet Community Singers – officially launched. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

162Millstreet Community Singers CD Launch 7th Nov. 2014 -80033Millstreet Community Singers CD Launch 7th Nov. 2014 -800148Millstreet Community Singers CD Launch 7th Nov. 2014 -80021Millstreet Community Singers CD Launch 7th Nov. 2014 -800A capacity attendance from far and wide enjoyed one of the most enjoyable, memorable and utterly happiest of occasions ever in Millstreet at this historic official launch.   The splendid CD is on sale at:    Coleman’s Centra, Herlihy’s Centra, Supervalu, An Siopa Deas, Wordsworth and also from any member of Millstreet Community Singers.  All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research.   Let us now observe a further 202 extra pictures recalling the excellent event and the tremendously cheerful atmosphere.   Marie Twomey is to be very warmly congratulated in coordinating such an amazing experience with the assistance of such musical experts as Neil Moylan and [read more …] “Official Launch of Millstreet Community Singers Magnificent Audio CD”

Superbly Talented “Strings” Musical Group Appearing in Scartaglin on Saturday, 15th November 2014

We thank Emer Twomey for sharing the following feature on our website and sincere thanks to Geraldine Dennehy for the much appreciated splendid pictures.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

On Nov 15 next as part of the Handed Down series in Scartaglin, Emer Twomey & 'Strings' will perform along with other Cork musicians ..  The fiddle group 'Strings' was first set up in 2011 by Emer Twomey to promote the learning of fiddle playing and the learning of traditional music particularly that of Sliabh Luachra in the Millstreet area.  In 2012 'Strings' were invited to the North Atlantic fiddle convention in Derry. They took part in the youth fiddle camp & performed one of Neil Martin new compositions '100 Fiddlers at 55° North' The current group of young fiddlers in 'Strings' are  (fiddle) Sarah Dennehy, Anna Buckley, Patrick Buckley, Orlaith Twomey, Leah Murphy, Niamh Smyth, Hannah O'Regan, Linda Desmond, Katie Hickey, Lisa Fitzgerald, Siobhán Cronin, Meabh Buckley, Eabha Sheehan, Orla Twomey, Daniel O' Callaghan, Katie Linehan, Katie Crowley, Conor Daly, Bridelle Cronin and Alanna Barry & (keyboard) Diarmuid Cronin, Darragh Twomey, Gemma O' Regan & Bridelle Cronin.  It promises to be a great night of music, song, dance & history of the great Sliabh Luachra tradition.
On Nov 15 next as part of the Handed Down series in Scartaglin, Emer Twomey & ‘Strings’ will perform along with other Cork musicians .
The fiddle group ‘Strings’ was first set up in 2011 by Emer Twomey to promote the learning of fiddle playing and the learning of traditional music particularly that of Sliabh Luachra in the Millstreet area.
In 2012 ‘Strings’ were invited to the North Atlantic fiddle convention in Derry. They took part in the youth fiddle camp & performed one of Neil Martin new compositions ‘100 Fiddlers at 55° North’
The current group of young fiddlers in ‘Strings’ are (fiddle) Sarah Dennehy, Anna Buckley, Patrick Buckley, Orlaith Twomey, Leah Murphy, Niamh Smyth, Hannah O’Regan, Linda Desmond, Katie Hickey, Lisa Fitzgerald, Siobhán Cronin, Meabh Buckley, Eabha Sheehan, Orla Twomey, Daniel O’ Callaghan, Katie Linehan, Katie Crowley, Conor Daly, Bridelle Cronin and Alanna Barry & (keyboard) Diarmuid Cronin, Darragh Twomey, Gemma O’ Regan & Bridelle Cronin.
It promises to be a great night of music, song, dance & history of the great Sliabh Luachra tradition.

2Strings Group -800 12Strings Group -800Here we share some more of Geraldine’s excellent [read more …] “Superbly Talented “Strings” Musical Group Appearing in Scartaglin on Saturday, 15th November 2014″