Masters of Tradition in Bantry

Posted on: 6th July, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Piano player Thomas Bartlett from The Gloaming will be joined by New York clarinettist Doug Wieselman, American quartet Brooklyn Rider, Dervish’s Cathy Jordan, Steve Cooney, Seamus Begley, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Martin Hayes and many more for the Masters of Tradition in Bantry from 19 – 23 August.

As ever the Festival is headlined by its Artistic Director Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare and Dennis Cahill. Martin says, “This year’s Festival is easily our most ambitious and diverse. The opening night alone will be a collaboration between Dennis Cahill, Thomas Bartlett, Doug Wieselman, dancer Nic Gareiss and myself. We are also very excited to present musicians from as far away as India. We’ve programmed lots of collaborative events that should yield many moments of musical magic.”

Making their Bantry debut on the Thursday evening will be Brooklyn Rider. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewer refers to them as “four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.”

The following evening, the duo of Séamus Begley and Steve Cooney reunite on the Bantry House stage. Also appearing that evening will be singers John Flanagan and Cathy Jordan who, according to BBC Music, has a “winning personality and a deceptively powerful voice.”

In the candlelit library of Bantry House, the late night concert on Friday night will offer a rare opportunity to hear the veena and sarode,  Indian instruments played by Karaikudi S Subramanian and Matthew Noone. Joining them will be fiddler Martin Hayes for an eagerly –anticipated Indian and Irish collaboration.

Liam Ó Maonlaí takes to the stage on Saturday night alongside guitarist  Steve Cooney and the highly-respected concertina player Chris Droney. One of Ireland’s most charismatic musical treasures, Liam will be making his Masters debut.

Later that evening, Martin Hayes will return with Dennis Cahill and violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain for a performance of Music for the Departed in Bantry House and on the final night, Martin Hayes will be joined by Dennis Cahill and friends for a rousing finale.

For more details, go to www.westcorkmusic.ie/mastersoftradition or ring the office on +353 (0) 27 52788. The Masters of Tradition Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

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The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

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