Oíche Cheoil in Fota House will be a treat for mu­sic lovers

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Riordan

A spe­cial evening of mu­sic, song and chat will take place this month in the mag­nif­i­cent set­ting of Fota House.

The event, on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 23, will fea­ture spe­cial guests, harpist Laoise Kelly and Mossie Ó Scannláin, a singer from the West Kerry Gaeltacht.

It’s the 10th an­nual Oíche Cheoil which will run for one night only, from 7.15pm-10pm.

Ms Kelly, orig­i­nally from West­port, Co Mayo, but who now lives on Achill Is­land, is re­garded as the most sig­nif­i­cant harpist of her gen­er­a­tion.

She has pi­o­neered a new style of driv­ing in­stru­men­tal harp­ing show­cased in her three crit­i­cally-ac­claimed solo al­bums.

Through­out her ca­reer, she has been recorded on over 60 al­bums with many of Ire­land’s fore­most per­form­ers in­clud­ing a record­ing with No­bel Prize-win­ning poet Sea­mus Heaney.

She has also worked with The Chief­tains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shan­non, Dó­nal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Mol­loy, Tommy Peo­ples, Mary Black, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomh­naill. She has also per­formed on al­bums by artists in­clud­ing Kate Bush and coun­try/blue­grass icon Tim O’Brien.

Mean­while, Mossie Ó Scannláin who hails from the Din­gle penin­sula in the Kerry Gaeltacht is blessed with a most mu­si­cal and pleas­ing voice. He will sing songs in his na­tive lan­guage from that area. To date, he has recorded two suc­cess­ful al­bums of his songs.

Tick­ets for the event, which cost €15 each, are now avail­able and can be re­served by con­tact­ing 0214613222. Fin­ger food at the in­ter­mis­sion is in­cluded in price.

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