“The Irish Fiddle Celebrated”

One of the highlights of this years festival was the wonderfully informative “The Irish Fiddle Celebrated” with Paddy Glackin & Robbie Hannan. This interview style presentation gave those in attendance an intimate encounter with one of the country’s most accomplished fiddle players and drew on Paddys lifetime of experience with the instrument. The following concert in St. Kevin’s Church was also wonderful, a fantastic acoustic recital in a truly special venue. We hope that we will be welcoming Paddy & Robbie back to Music Under The Mountains sooner rather than later! Many thanks to the Creative Ireland Programme for their most generous support which allowed this event to take place.



Subsidised Shuttle Bus at MUTM2018

Coming to Music Under The Mountains? If you are attending one or more of our concerts and live in the circle below then we will drop you home! For the second year running we are offering a subsidised shuttle service to ensure you can enjoy your night out and get home safely after! Departure times will be confirmed later in the week. Many thanks to Billy Lenihan who is kindly providing this subsidised service.

Tickets are still available for the festival at musicunderthemountains.com/tickets, book now to avoid disappointment!

Robbie Hannan

We are delighted to announce that Robbie Hannan (Uilleann Pipes) shall perform on Saturday September 22nd with Paddy Glackin. Robbie has performed with Paddy many times and they have also recorded an album together, “Séideán Sí”.

In addition, Robbie, (a broadcaster and authority on traditional music, particularly the fiddle music of County Donegal), will also co-host our talk on Saturday afternoon, “The Irish Fiddle Celebrated”, with Paddy Glackin.

Robbie is kindly replacing Dermot McLaughlin, who due to circumstances beyond our control is no longer in a position to perform.

Paddy & Robbie will be joined on Saturday night by Seán-Óg Potts (Uilleann Pipes) & Paul McGrattan (Flute), this will be a superb night of music that we hope you can all join us for!

Tickets available at musicunderthemountains.com

Music Under The Mountains 2018 Line Up

We are happy to announce the  line up for Music Under The Mountains 2018! 

Tickets for all events will be going on sale through our site in the coming days, in the meantime keep in touch with all the latest news by liking us on Facebook!

Music Under the Mountains 2018
Sept. 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2018

—–Friday 21st—–


Jean-Michel Veillon (Flute)
Yvon Riou (Guitar)

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland, Hollywood, 8.00 pm

Admission: €20

—–Saturday 22nd—–


Jean-Michel Veillon (Flute)
Yvon Riou (Guitar)
Paul Bradley (Fiddle)

Hollywood Centre, 10.30 am


++++++Music In The Woods++++++

  A sponsored walk through scenic Hollywood forest to the sound of live traditional music. A  true musical trail!

Meet in the village at 2 pm

++++++The Irish Fiddle Celebrated++++++

  A celebration of our national fiddle tradition, presented by  Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan.

Hollywood Centre, 4 pm



Seán Óg Potts  (Uilleann Pipes)
Paul McGrattan (Flute)

Paddy Glackin (Fiddle)
Robbie Hannan (Uilleann Pipes)

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland, 7.00 pm

Admission €20


Music from Brittany with Tom Lemmonier & Friends
Hollywood Inn, 8.00 pm

—–Sunday 23rd—–

++++++Annual Singing Session++++++

Hosted by Helen Diamond

Tutty’s Bar, 12.30 pm

All singers welcome!

++++++Closing Concert++++++

Gay McKeon (Uilleann Pipes)

St. Kevins Church of Ireland, 6.00 pm

Admission €20


More music from Brittany with Tom Lemmonier & Friends
Hollywood Inn, 8.00 pm

+++++Plus more to be announced!+++++



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Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou

Music Under The Mountains are delighted to welcome two giants of Breton Music to Hollywood for an intimate performance in St. Kevins Church of Ireland, Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou.

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Born on the north coast of Brittany, Jean-Michel Veillon was first a dancer and then a bombard* player in his teens. He then started to play the transverse wooden flute, getting his first influences from various Irish flute players, but then created distinct articulation techniques, more adapted to the Breton music.

Jean-Michel toured Europe and the U.S extensively from the 1980’s until today as a founder member of the highly praised KORNOG, PENNOU SKOULM, DEN, BARZAZ, TOUD’SAMES, Alain GENTY Group, Dan AR BRAZ & Heritage des Celtes, Jacques PELLEN & Celtic Procession  (jazz and trad fusion), and recently toured with the prestigious tabla player ZAKIR HUSSAIN, recording a live CD (« Distant Kin ») at the San Francisco Jazz Center together with Indian, Scottish and Irish musicians.

Widely credited with introducing the simple system wooden flute into Breton folk music and primarly responsible, through his intensive teaching efforts and hundreds of concerts and festivals appearances, for its enthusiastic adoption among many dozens of young musicians throughout Brittany, Jean-Michel has achieved widespread recognition as one of world’s premier traditional flute players.

[* Bombard : old type of very loud double reed oboe, almost an emblem of Brittany]

Yvon Riou, guitar player from the coast of Tregor*, started with playing the open tuning (dadgad type), popularized in Brittany by guitarists like Soïg SIBÉRIL and Gilles LE BIGOT. He later developed his own very personal style of accompaniment, both sensitive and energetic, which makes him sound like no other.

Yvon played with the breton bands SKOLVAN & PENNOÙ SKOULM and accompanied on several occasions famous Irish musicians like Brid HARPER or the trio Paul BRADLEY, Ger FITZGERALD & Joe Mc KENNA. He was also part of the  Brian Mc COMBE band with the Brittany-based bodhrán player and percussionist David « Hopi » HOPKINS, touring several times all over France and Poland.        

[*Tregor : beautiful part of northern Brittany, cuturally very rich and dynamic]

Created in 1993, the duo Veillon-Riou was the first flute and guitar duo dedicated to Breton music, playing in innumerable festoù-noz* in Brittany, but also in concert with a repertoire extending to Irish & Scottish music and beyond. Jean-Michel & Yvon have toured extensively in Ireland (recording a live album – « Beo »  – at the Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich in Belfast) but also played in Poland, Italy, England, USA and Canada). Their new album « Deus an Aod d’ar Menez » just came out in march 2017.

[Festoù-noz *(night-fests) : dance-evenings very popular all over Brittany]



Jean Michel Veillon & Yvon Rioux 

Venue: St. Kevins Church of Ireland, Hollywood Co. Wicklow

8pm November 11th 2017

Tickets €15*, available at musicunderthemountains.com/tickets

*Exclusive of booking fees*

Michelle O’Brien & Damien Mullane

The wonderful Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle) returns to Hollywood for the second concert of Music Under The Mountains 2017, Michelle has previously performed on several occassions in the village, aswell as facilitating fiddle masterclasses with students of the Laura Greaves Music Bursary. Michelles recordings include an album with concertina player Aogan Lynch and guitarist Gavin Ralston and later an album with the band Providence. In 2013 she recorded a duet album with the harpist Laoise Kelly entitled “The Wishing Well”, which was hailed as a must have.

Michelle will be joined on the night by Damien Mullane (Accordion). In a short space of time Damien has a built up musical CV that any veteran musician would be proud of. Damien has won numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon and began his professional career as the accordionist in the legendary Frankie Gavin’s band De Dannan. In 2012 Damien released his debut album ‘13’, on which he collaboration with some of Ireland’s leading exponents such as Donogh Hennessy, Zoe Conway, John Joe Kelly, Trevor Hutchinson, Dessie Kelliher, Pauline Scanlon and Éamonn de Barra.

Also joining Michelle and Damien will be Toss The Fiddles, a local trio of musicians featuring Aoife Doyle, Orla Greaves & Rachel Conlon.

We hope you will join us for this spectacular night of music in St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland on Friday September 22nd. Tickets are available at musicunderthemountains.com.

Michelle and Damien will also be facilitating workshops in St Kevin’s Community Centre on Saturday September 23rd at 10.30 am. The cost of the workshops is €10, for further details just contact us!

Kevin Conneff, Tim Edey & Gay McKeon

The penultimate concert of this years festival features three giants of traditional music sharing the stage, these men could each perform a concert alone outright, so we are in for a right treat with the three of them together!

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Kevin Conneff is the bodhrán player and vocalist with The Chieftains and has been since 1976. Apart from his work with The Chieftains, he often works with other musicians in duos or trios. He also does solo gigs and workshops at home and abroad.

Tim Edey, BBC R2 Best musician of 2012, is born across the water in Co. Kent. Tim is both a successful solo and session artist with his recent album “Sailing Over the 7th String” produced by none other than Robin Wynn Evans (producer to The Manic street preachers). Tim’s CV is like a who’s who of Irish music – Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Mary Black, Altan, Begley & Cooney and Sharon Shannon to name a few.

Gay McKeon took an interest in uilleann piping in the 1960s under the tutelage of piper and pipe-maker Leo Rowsome at the Piper’s Club on Thomas Street in Dublin’s city centre. Leo had a profound influence on Gay’s playing as did the other musicians who taught at and visited the Club. After Leo Rowsome’s death in 1970, Gay sourced much of his repertoire from published collections.

Since the mid 1970s Gay has toured and recorded  extensively with artists including Christy Moore, Maddy Prior and June Tabor and has featured on many albums including The Drones and Chanters Volume 2 and The Piper’s Rock, as well as a solo album Irish Piping Tradition, and a trio CD The Dusty Miller with his two sons Conor and Seán. Gay has performed on three volumes of the tutor series The Art of Uilleann Piping and produced and directed publications including the Piper’s Choice DVD series and numerous CD recordings published by Na Píobairí Uilleann. Gay has been teaching piping nationally and internationally on a continuous basis for over forty years.


Joining Kevin, Tim and Gay on the night will be Feidhlim and Muireann Robinson, two wonderfully talented local musicians who will open up the evening for us!

And if the prospect of this gig isn’t enough we are delighted to say that both Kevin and Gay will be giving workshops in the Hollywood centre on the morning of September 23rd! Workshops are priced at €10, superb value for the caliber of musician you will be learning from! Non players are also welcome to attend and watch the workshops, depending on demand and space. Worshops will begin at 10.30am and run until 12.30pm. Further information on the workshops can be obtained by dropping us a message.

Again this is not a concert to miss! Tickets are on sale at musicunderthemountains.com.

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