The enduring legacy of the master piper, Liam O’Flynn, will be celebrated at the inaugural Féile Liam O’Flynn in his native Kildare with events scheduled for Naas and Kill on the weekend of October 7-9.
Through an extensive programme of concerts and sessions, some of Ireland’s leading musicians will assemble to remember the magic of Liam O’Flynn. The féile opens in St David’s Church in Naas on Friday October 7 with a concert featuring, appropriately Kildare pipers, including Brian Hughes, Joe Byrne, Cormac Mac Aodhagáin and Emmet O’Toole, along with the Kildare Youth Folk Orchestra. Saturday will see a céili in the Osprey Hotel in Naas with the outstanding Kilfenora Céili Band as well as a concert in Naas’s Moat Theatre featuring a spectacular line-up of Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Mary Corcoran (piano), Gay McKeon (pipes) and Niamh Parsons (voice).
The féile concludes on Sunday with a gala concert in Kill Church Hall featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí (voice and piano), Donal Lunny (bouzouki), Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Laoise Kelly (harp), Mark Redmond (pipes) and Heidi Talbot (voice). The concert will feature a specially commissioned piece for the uilleann pipes composed by Sandie Purcell from Kill in Liam’s memory. Throughout the weekend, there will be sessions in local venues as well as workshops on Saturday and Sunday in the Moat Theatre.
Driven by Senator Vincent Martin, the festival was officially launched by actor, Seán McGinley, who recalled Liam’s collaboration with Nobel laureate, Séamus Heaney. Seán Keane spoke of his life-long friendship with Liam which began when they met as young boys, while Liam’s widow, Jane, explained that when she first met Liam through a mutual love of horses, she was unaware of his celebrated career as a musician.