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.)

Song: The Plains of Drishane

The Plains of Drishane - music sheet and lyricsOh one morning bright as Phoebus shone quite illuminative
When Flora’s decorations had painted the green
With footsteps quite unwavered—from Millstreet I roamed Eastward
To view the navigation of that pleasing grand scene
Absorbed in meditation—I pondered in amazement,
Admiring each plantation and far spreading lawn,
That have won such admiration for this far famed dwelling station,
Whose proper appelation—or name—is Drishane.

There’s a mill for grinding corn and an engine ploughing the farm,
Fine oxen that are stall fed, the largest to be found:
And the yard resounds with screech of guinea-hen and peacock.
The swan upon the lake and he sailin’ all around.
The lime-kilns are kept blazing with columns most unsparing, [read more …] “Song: The Plains of Drishane”

Colman Cloran’s Wonderful Video Song Regarding Michael Commins

Many thanks to Colman Cloran and to Michael Fitzgerald of Star Trax Studio for sharing this superb feature just launched.   Michael Commins is a Midwest Radio Presenter Supreme and also does a hugely popular Country & Western Feature in the weekly “Farmers’ Journal”.  We are delighted that Michael Fitzgerald has decided to use a selection of still images which William Fitzgerald and I took when visiting Michael Commins’s Studio a few short years ago.  Well done to Colman on composing such an excellent song and for performing it with such great feeling as he also did when he appeared recently at the Salthill Hotel in Galway at the Michael Commins Music Festival before an enormous capacity audience.   (S.R.)

Murphys Appearing at The Pub Carriganima on Sat. 29th Nov.

The very popular and wonderfully talented Murphys - father and three daughters - will be appearing at The Pub in Carriganima on this coming Saturday night, 29th Nov. 2014.  We thank Seán Murphy for alerting us to this marvellously enjoyable musical event.  Click on the Poster to enlarge.  (S.R.)
The very popular and wonderfully talented Murphys – father and three daughters – will be appearing at The Pub in Carriganima on this coming Saturday night, 29th Nov. 2014. We thank Seán Murphy for alerting us to this marvellously enjoyable musical event. Click on the Poster to enlarge. (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”

Special Scartaglin Event this Saturday Night Featuring “Strings”

http://www.mainevalleypost.com/2014/11/10/geraldine-ocallaghan-on-the-murphys-of-lisheen-at-scartaglin-event/

Doors open at 7.15pm and the music will start at 8pm pin sharp. Admission: Adults €6; OAP: €5 and Children €3. 

We thank Emer Twomey for this very interesting article which gives an excellent insight into Saturday’s Musical Experience in Scartaglin.  (S.R.)

Superb Atmosphere for TR Dallas & Joe Guerin at Wallis Arms

TR Dallas & Band with Joe Guerin received a tremendous reception at the Thursday night Dance (13th Nov. 2014) in the Wallis Arms Hotel.   The atmosphere was superb and the many  dancers in great appreciation of the uplifting performances by TR & Joe.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
TR Dallas & Band with Joe Guerin received a tremendous reception at the Thursday night Dance (13th Nov. 2014) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. The atmosphere was superb and the many dancers expressed great appreciation for the uplifting performances by TR, his Band & Joe. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

9TR Dallas & Joe Guerin at Wallis Arms 2014 -8002TR Dallas & Joe Guerin at Wallis Arms 2014 -800Here we share a further seven pictures from the very enjoyable occasion where at the end of the Dance Joe & TR got to meet their many fans.   Many wished to have their photo taken with [read more …] “Superb Atmosphere for TR Dallas & Joe Guerin at Wallis Arms”

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″