Traditional Music This Weekend

Traditional Music This Weekend

TG4's Geantraí, the JPTrio on RTÉ, the Café Sessions in Ennis, a charity concert in Vicar Street, and the Gathering Festival in Killarney are among some of the many traditional music items to look out for this weekend.

Here are a few things to watch out for this weekend on television and live.

Last weekend’s Geantraí on TG4 will be repeated this evening, Friday, 24 February, and is well worth seeing. Presented by fiddle player Fionn Mac Giolla Chuda at The Local bar in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, items include MacGiolla Chuda with Ciaran Ó Geallbhain (flute) and David Power (uilleann pipes) playing ‘Child of my heart’ and ‘Is it the priest you want’; the young Billy O’Brien (fiddle) playing ‘O’Dowd’s Favourite’ and ‘Paddy Fahy’s’; MacGiolla Chuda with Donnchadha Gough (uilleann pipes), Donal Clancy (guitar) playing ‘Southwest Wind’, ‘Old Tipperary’ and ‘The Rolling Wave’; and Tony Dunne (accordion), Liam Flanagan (fiddle), Gerry McKee (bouzouki) and Donnchadha Gough (bodhrán) playing ‘Kilavil Reel’, ‘Now She’s Purring’ and ‘Silver Spear’.

Sunday night’s Geantraí comes from O’Shea’s Merchant in Dublin and is presented by piano player Mary Corcoran. Among the musicians featured in the programme are Alan Doherty, Gerry O’Connor and John Blake, Gay, Conor and Seán McKeon, and the Temple House Ceilí Band.

The young Sligo band, The JPTrio, is due to play on the Saturday Night Show on RTÉ tomorrow from 9.30pm.

Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Séamie O’Dowd will be playing at The Queen’s Bar, Ennis at 9pm tomorrow night for the Café Sessions, and they will have copies of their brand new CD, Going Places, for sale.

In Vicar Street tomorrow night a charity concert is taking place to raise money for Donal O’Connor’s son Sergio to have a vital operation. Those performing include John Sheehan, Barney McKenna and members of the Dubliners, Frances Black, Finbarr Furey, Na Casaidigh, Lad Lane, Aoife Scott, The Bonnymen, Alainn, Peter Browne, Michelle O’Brien and friends, and Eamonn Galldubh.

Finally, the Killarney Gathering festival is already underway. Tonight, Friday, features the duets Paddy Cronin and Gearóid Dineen, Tommy Peoples and Alph Duggan, Séamus Begley and Jim Murray. Saturday afternoon’s gig has Colin Farrell, Martin O’Neill, Peter Browne and Tony Byrne, Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch and Paul de Grae playing; and in the evening there’s singing from Tim Dennehy, Sean Garvey, Christy Cronin, Peg O’Mahony and Helen Kerins; and tunes from Sean Tyrell, Ronan Browne, Kevin Glackin, and Danú. The Sunday Showcase concert, for emerging acts, will feature Colin Farrell, Martin O’Neill, Peter Browne and Tony Byrne, and The Bonnymen; and the Scattering concert on Sunday evening is with the Alan Kelly Gang, Raw Bar Collective, Conal O’ Grada, Colm Murphy, Benny McCarthy, Dave Sheridan and Nell Ní Chróinín.

Published on 24 February 2012

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