‘All sails aloft’ for Pa­trick O’Ke­effe fest

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THIS year’s Pa­trick O’Ke­effe Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will mark the 25th oc­ca­sion on which the fes­ti­val has been held since it was founded in 1993.

The 2017 event, which will be held from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27 to Mon­day 30th in­clu­sive will set out to sa­lute the great names of the Sli­abh Luachra style of mu­sic with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on the fid­dle and its leg­endary mas­ter af­ter whom the fes­ti­val is named.

With the likes of RTÉ broad­caster and piper Peter Browne con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide sup­port for the event and Paudie O’Con­nor and Matt Cran­itch as mu­si­cal ad­vi­sors this year, the fes­ti­val will hon­our the mem­ory and legacy of Pa­trick O’Ke­effe with a huge pro­gramme of events.

Classes in the lo­cal tra­di­tional in­stru­ments, the fid­dle and ac­cor­dion, flute and banjo have been or­gan­ised with some of the lead­ing play­ers of our time of­fi­ci­at­ing.

The fes­ti­val came about as a re­sult of a prompt from Peter Browne to Mary Jones on the com­ple­tion of his RTÉ Ra­dio One doc­u­men­tary on O’Ke­effe in 1993.

Fes­ti­val PRO Conor O’Ma­hony posted a list of names on the fes­ti­val Face­book page and he said that Ire­land’s finest tra­di­tional mu­si­cians will come to­gether to cel­e­brate the mu­sic of Pa­trick O’Ke­effe and Sli­abh Luachra.

“It promises to be the big­gest fes­ti­val to date, with a mix­ture of mu­sic classes, recitals, ses­sions, singing work­shops, po­etry workhops, céilí’s, cú­pla fo­cail and of course the con­cert - there will be some­thing for ev­ery­one,” said Conor.

A fright­en­ing line-up of mu­si­cians is be­ing com­piled and the ma­jor­ity have been con­firmed – and one or two will prob­a­bly be anointed be­fore the week­end is through.

As the late fes­ti­val co-founder, Mike Kenny would say it will be an ‘all sails aloft’ kind of week­end.

This year’s Pa­trick O’Ke­effe Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val runs from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27 to Mon­day 30th.

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