Ó Sé and Ó Riada perform in Ovens
A special concert featuring some of the biggest names in traditional music is being organised to help defray the running costs at a community-run museum and heritage centre in mid-Cork.
Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA), which runs the Independence Museum Kilmurry, has organised a fundraising concert featuring two of Cork’s most famed performers, singer Seán Ó Sé and composer Peadar Ó Riada.
It will take place on Saturday, February 17 at 8pm in Éire Óg GAA Club, Ovens.
Lifelong friends and regular musical collaborators Seán and Peadar will be joined on the night by Castletown Kinneigh Choir and Newcestown Comhaltas.
It is a rare occasion for Cork Music fans to see so much talent perform on one stage, the organisers say.
The concern follows KHAA’s high-quality offering last year with a sellout concert in Ovens which had featured Seamus Begley, Jim Murray, and Liam Ó Maonlaí.
Seán Ó Sé, the man known as “The Pocar”, is a native of Bantry while Peadar Ó Riada is a native of Cúil Aodha, near Macroom.
Both were born into Irish-speaking families and immersed in traditional music, song and storytelling.
Mr Ó Sé has been regarded rightly as a great singer and one of the most enduring talents of the traditional music scene in Cork, with a career spanning the decades.
He worked with Peadar’s father, the late Seán Ó Riada, early in his career and also with other luminaries of the traditional music scene, such as Donal Lunny and Dermot O’Brien.
He has toured in America, Britain, Russia, and Cuba.
As well as being an outstanding singer, Seán is also recognised as a fantastic storyteller.
One of Seán’s songs is favourite (The Kilmurry anthem).
Peadar Ó Riada is probably best known for his work with the choir Cór Cúil Aodha but he is also a composer of traditional music for film and dance as well as a world-class composer of choral music.
Just a few of his recent achievements include Gradam Ceoil TG4 Composer and Gradam an Oireachtais.
Peadar’s main interest is traditional, ancient, and spiritual music and is following in his father’s footsteps as a musical leader in traditional music on the Cork stage.
The proceeds will help with the running of the voluntary museum and community centre in Kilmurry.
Opened in August 2016 by President Michael D Higgins, KHAA welcomed 2,500 visitors to their venue last year.
The exhibition in the purpose-built museum features artefacts that relate primarily to the struggle for Irish independence in the local area.
Singer Seán Ó Sé is renowned as one of Ireland’s greatest traditional music singers.