Masters of Tradition Festival opens in Bantry on August 24

Curated by fiddle virtuoso, Martin Hayes, the Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry, West Cork, will run from Wednesday August 24 to Sunday August 28.

With a stellar line-up of leading traditional musicians, there will be concerts in the Maritime Hotel, St Brendan’s Church and the intimate library of Bantry House as well as a programme of secret concerts in unique venues in the Bantry area and talks in Ma Murphy’s Bar – including a discussion entitled Remembering Dennis Cahill: The Man and his Music, led by his long-time partner in music, Martin Hayes.

The Programme:

Wednesday 24 August, 7.30 pm, The Maritime Hotel
Concert with Martin Hayes (fiddle), Cormac McCarthy (piano), Brian Donnellan (bouzouki, concertina), Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (sean-nós song, piano, viola) and Stephanie Keane (dance)

Thursday 25 August 2022, 3.30 pm, Ma Murphy’s
Talk on Pádraig O’Keeffe with Andrea Palandri and Martin Hayes

Thursday 25 August 2022, 7.30 pm, St. Brendan’s Church
Concert with Lorcan MacMathúna (sean-nós song), Andrea Palandrini (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Kathryn Tickell Trio

Friday 26 August 2022, 3.30 pm, Ma Murphy’s
Talk on Ancient Irish Poetry and Metre by Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken with Martin Hayes

Friday 26 August 2022, 7.30 pm, Bantry House
Concert with Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (sean-nós song, piano, viola), Lorcan MacMathúna (sean-nós song), Sorcha Costello (fiddle), Daire Bracken (fiddle) and
Catherine McHugh (piano)

Friday 26 August 2022, 10.30 pm, Bantry House
Concert with David Power (uilleann pipes), Marja Gaynor (fiddle) and John Walsh (guitar)

Saturday 27 August 2022, 3.30 pm, Ma Murphy’s
Talk by Steve Cooney on the development of his notation system with Martin Hayes

Saturday 27 August 2022, 7.30 pm, Bantry House
Concert with Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (sean-nós song, piano, viola), Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Derek Hickey (accordion) and Steve Cooney (guitar)

Saturday 27 August 2022, 10.30 pm, Bantry House
Concert with Cormac McCarthy (piano), Nell Ní Chróinín (sean-nós song), Kate Ellis (cello) and Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle)

Sunday 28 August 2022, 3.30 pm, Bantry House
Remembering Dennis Cahill: The Man and his Music: A discussion led by Martin Hayes

Sunday 28 August 2022, 7.30 pm, Bantry House
Concert with Martin Hayes (fiddle), Derek Hickey (accordian), Cormac McCarthy (piano), Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (sean-nós song, piano, viola), Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle) and Steve Cooney (guitar)

 

Pictured above (right to left) Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian small pipes, fiddle, voice), Stef Conner (lyre, voice) and Amy Thatcher (accordion, voice, dance) (Photo: The Bigger Picture Agency).

THE LINE-UP

  • Daire Bracken
  • Steve Cooney
  • Sorcha Costello
  • Brian Donnellan
  • Kate Ellis
  • Marja Gaynor
  • Martin Hayes
  • Derek Hickey
  • Stephanie Keane
  • Lorcán Mac Mathúna
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Catherine McHugh
  • Aoife Ní Bhríain
  • Saileog Ní Cheannabháin
  • Nell Ní Chróinín
  • Caitlín Nic Gabhann
  • Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
  • Andrea Palandri
  • David Power
  • Kathryn Tickell Trio (pictured)
  • Martin Tourish and
  • John Walsh.
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