Music Under The Mountains 2022

After a two year break we are delighted to be back and to present the full program for Music Under The Mountains 2022, which promises to be a great weekend of music.

We kick off the festival on Culture Night (Friday, Sept. 23rd) with “The Dublin Trio” (Kevin Conneff, Joe McKenna, Tony Byrne) in St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland.

Kevin Conneff is probably best known as the bodhrán player and vocalist with The Chieftains since 1976. For many years, he and friends ran the prestigious Tradition Club in Slattery’s of Capel Street, where singers and musicians from all over Ireland and the U.K. performed. These included Willie Clancy, Séamus Ennis, Joe Heaney, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Anne Briggs. Apart from touring and recording with The Chieftains, he has performed with Mary Bergin, Tim Edey, Redmond O’Toole, and from Nashville, Jeff White, Laura Cash and Deanie Richardson.

A pupil of Leo Rowsome, Joe McKenna has been a touring musician all his life. Joe is known for his mastery of the Uilleann pipes and his fearlessness in taking his playing to the edge. His playing retains much of the character of Uilleann piping from the past but it is very much alive to the present. His music is big hearted, playful and fiery.

Tony Byrne, Dublin guitarist, has been involved in music from a young age. Following family holidays in West Kerry, Tony developed an Interest in Irish traditional music and has been involved in the performance, recording and teaching of it since leaving college in 1999. Past performances include concerts with acts such as Danu, Sharon Shannon, Michael mc Goldrick, Gerry o Connor, David Munnelly Band, Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Julie Fowlis, Lunasa and many more.

This is a free event made possible by the kind support of Creative Ireland and Wicklow County Council, advance booking is advised to avoid disappointment!

Saturday kicks off with a return to our workshops with Paul Bradley (Fiddle) and Tim Doyle (Uilleann Pipes).

Paul Bradley is a fiddler, fiddle maker and poet. He obtained a diploma in violin making, restoration and repair from the renowned Newark School of Violin Making in Nottingham, England, in addition, his 1998 album Atlantic Roar (Tuaim na Fairraige) gained a 5 star review from the Irish Times. Paul is no stranger to Music Under The Mountains or Hollywood, playing here on several occasions and tutoring in the music school and also having lived locally for many years before moving back to his native Armagh last year, we are delighted to welcome him back to Hollywood!

Tim Doyle is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (Fiddle, Concertina, Uillean pipes) and is a double All-Ireland winner on Uilleann Pipes, more recently he has been a tutor for Music Generation Wicklow and indeed has been an advanced tutor and band coordinator for the music school in Hollywood the last two years.

Saturdays festival session takes place in Tutty’s at 4.30pm with Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle) and Aogán Lynch (Concertina). Michelle is also no stranger to Music Under The Mountains having performed here on many occasions. Both are integral member of the Dublin Trad scene and we are delighted to have them with us for a great afternoon of tunes!

Saturday Evening sees our feature concert in St. Kevin’s Church with Andy Irvine! Andy needs little introduction, with his impressive repertoire of Irish traditional songs and dexterous Balkan dance tunes, he creates an exciting new fusion of Irish and World Music not to be missed. Having travelled the world with bands such as Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street, Planxty, and more recently Mozaik, he continues to pursue new combinations and styles of music. He has broadened his musical horizons over the course of his forty-year career to encompass the musical styles of countries he visits, such as the Balkan folk style of playing. Between the achievements of his solo, group work and collaborations, he is a highly revered troubadour of the Irish music world. Andy Irvine never fails to deliver a pulsating, heartfelt performance! This will be a spectacular, intimate concert and tickets are strictly limited, advance booking is advised!

Sunday begins with our annual singing session in Tutty’s, hosted this year by Ger Fitzgerald. From early years Ger has been noted as a gifted traditional singer. She performs easily in different genres, from the Traditional ballads of Ireland to Sean Nós, and is also comfortable with the songs of contemporary artists. Until; last year Ger lived just outside the village so we are delighted to welcome her back to Hollywood!

We conclude the scheduled events on a high with a session in The Hollywood Inn at 4pm with Joe McHugh (Uilleann Pipe & Whistles), joined by Barry Carroll (Hammer Dulcimer) and Emer Casey (Fiddle).

Like many, Joe McHugh, originally from Derry became fascinated with music at an early ages and was taught to play the piano by his mother and later taught himself to play the guitar and mandolin. He started to learn the pipes from local pipers in the Derry area such as Brendan Saunders and Finbar McLaughlin. Early influences were the music of Planxty and  the Bothy Band especially the piping of Paddy Keenan. Later Joe met pipers such as Joe McKenna who also influenced Joe’s music. In 1990/1991 Joe recorded “The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada” with Barry Carroll (Hammer Dulcimer). Joe curates “The Tutty’s Session” every second Thursday evening in Tutty’s Bar, Hollywood, which has become established as one of West Wicklow’s premier sessions, with a steady stream of quality regular and guest musicians!

Barry Carroll is regarded as the finest Hammer Dulcimer player in Ireland today and regularly plays in a duo with Joe McHugh, recording the album “The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada” together in the early 90’s.

Emer Casey is a fiddle player originally from Donard, Co. Wicklow, whom has established herself firmly in the Trad scene in Wicklow and beyond. She is a regular contributor to “The Tutty’s Session” every second Thursday in Hollywood and has been a regular contributor to Music Under The Mountains these past years.

As always there are bound to be sessions galore throughout the weekend and we encourage all to come along and enjoy the music. As always the primary focus of the weekend is to raise funds for the continuation of the Music School in Hollywood.

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Music lessons return

We are delighted to announce that after a two year break music lessons are resuming in the Hollywood centre from 10:30am on Saturday April 23rd.

Lessons in tin whistle, fiddle, flute, guitar and accordion from beginner upwards!

For further information contact Music Under The Mountains on Facebook, Eric (0872248509), CJ (0858249390) or call into us on the morning for a chat!

Antoni O’Breskey – Nomadic Piano Project

Music Under The Mountains are delighted to announce a very special midsummer’s concert, Antoni O’Breskey!

Antoni (piano) is joined by Joe McHugh (uilleann pipes & whistles), Consuelo Nerea (vocals, harmonim, fiddle & bodhrán) & Tony Byrne (guitar).

“He is a man for whom the notion of borders means very little, a genius whose music is without frontiers, and whose originality makes him one of the most innovative composers in any contemporary medium. He gives us a strong idea of our roots and besides points out a few possible roads we might take in the future.” Oliver Sweeney – Hot Press


Antoni O’Breskey & Band.

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland, Hollywood.

Saturday June 22nd, 8pm.

Tickets €20 (excluding booking fees) are available now from Eventbrite &

Eleanor McEvoy-MUTM 2019

Music Under The Mountains are delighted to welcome the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy to continue our 2019 festival program!

Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song “A Woman’s Heart” was the title track for the A Woman’s Heart anthology album. A Woman’s Heart has since gone on to become the best-selling album in Irish history. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honors degree in music and was accepted to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland as a violinist. She worked with the symphony for five years before she finally took the plunge and left the classical world behind to concentrate on her real passion—songwriting. Eleanor released her eponymous debut on Geffen records followed by tours in the USA, Europe and the Far East. She moved to Columbia Records in New York for her second album ‘What’s Following Me?’ The first single ‘Precious Little’ was a top 10 radio hit in the US.

Since then, Eleanor has gone on to become an artist and performer known throughout the world. Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans fifteen albums and appearances on numerous compilation albums. She has also had numerous cover versions of her songs by performers such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mary Coughlan, Bella Hardy, (BBC folk singer of the year) Eliza Carthy, Derek Ryan and Jack L Her songs have been used in many TV and film sound tracks including HBO cult series “Six Feet Under.”, ABC’s “Clueless” and the Pearce Brosnan film “The Nephew”.

Her 2016 album “NAKED MUSIC”, featured a collaboration with British painter Chris Gollon which was launched in Gallery Different, London, where “Naked Music – The Exhibition” ran for three weeks, featuring 25 Gollon paintings inspired by the songs on Naked Music. The “Naked Live…” tour that followed ran throughout 2016 & 2017 with shows in Ireland, England, Wales, Spain, Germany, Australia, USA and Scotland followed by the launch of “Naked Music – The Songbook” published by Hot Press.

Her new album “The Thomas Moore Project” was launched in Ireland’s National Concert Hall and features 21st century adaptations of the songs of the 18th/19th century Irish poet Thomas Moore. It became RTE’s album of the week the week it was released and received rave reviews in Ireland, Hot Press magazine saying “McEvoy has re-established the relevance of one of Ireland’s most important yet most besmirched national artists” and the Irish Times describing it as “a highly evocative collection”

International acclaim followed with the Sydney Morning Herald writing Still the world around you and listen to the words. Eleanor McEvoy, ever questing in her artistry, has crafted her own arrangements of songs by the distinguished Irish poet Thomas Moore…her voice distinctively blends the earnest with the elfin”. She has since toured The Thomas Moore Project throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Holland, Germany and Australia and will soon be bringing it to the USA where the album has been receiving extensive airplay. When home from her travels, as well as being the chair of IMRO, Eleanor is also a voting member of the Recording Academy of America (the GRAMMYs) and in 2016 was appointed by Minister Heather Humphries to the board of Ireland’s National Concert Hall.

Eleanor will also host a workshop titled “Song Lyrics, Serious Literature or Throwaway Pop?”.

“In the wake of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature, and Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer Prize, Eleanor McEvoy explores the power of lyrics. Looking to her own songs and those of other writers, she explores the place song lyrics hold in today’s society.”

The workshop will take place in The Hollywood Centre at 3pm on Saturday September 21st at a price of €10. Admission is is free for weekend ticket holders and ticket holders for Eleanors concert on Saturday evening.

Eleanor McEvoy performs at Music Under The Mountains 2019

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland

Saturday September 21st, 7pm

Tickets €20 (excluding booking fee), available from and Eventbrite

Jane Clarke, Cormac Breatnach & Eamonn Sweeney – MUTM 2019

Music Under The Mountains are delighted to kick off our 2019 festival with an intimate night of Poetry & Music featuring Jane Clarke (Poet), Cormac Breatnach (Flute & Whistles) & Eamon Sweeney (Guitar).

Jane Clarke grew up on a farm in Co. Roscommon and now lives with her partner in Glenmalure in Co. Wicklow. Her first collection, ‘The River’, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. She was awarded a literary bursary by the Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon in September 2017 for the completion of her second collection and her work on a sequence in response to a soldier’s letters from the Front during World War 1, in collaboration with the Mary Evans Picture Library, London.

“The virtues of Jane Clarke’s writing include a broad sympathy that never usurps the voice of the other, that guides the reader to understanding and respect; a pleasure in ingenious objects and crafts that is deftly transmitted; and a clarity which does not deny mystery but makes room for it.”                                                

– Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Ireland Professor of Poetry.

Her poems have been published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and various other publications, Jane has also had poems broadcast on RTE Lyric FM, RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany, Arena and the Poetry Programme.

Jane’s second collection, ‘When the Tree Falls’, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in September 2019.


Cormac Breatnach has been immersed in the Irish musical tradition from his early childhood. Throughout his career, which has spanned the last three decades, he has performed with Donal Lunny, Arty McGlynn, Iarla O’Lionaird, Matt Molloy, Micheál Ó’Súilleabháin, Paul McSherry, Elvis Costello and countless others. Cormac’s music takes it roots from deep within the Irish tradition but is also highly influenced by Jazz and Blues.

Cormac made his mark with Deiseal in the 1990s and, later, duetting with Martin Dunlea on 2001’s ‘Music for Whistle and Guitar’. 2012’s Éalú brought Cormac’s Jazz, Galician and Basque influences centre stage in an altogether more personal odyssey. Cormac’s latest album, ‘The Whistle Blower’ was released in 2018, it is a deeply personal work that explores and express musically how a particular traumatic event, his brother Osgurs wrongful arrest and conviction for involvement in the Sallins Mail Train Robbery in 1976 ,affected Cormac from his early teens into adulthood. Cormac also produced a short film to accompany the album, which was screened in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, The Galway Film Fleadh, The Wexford Film Festival & The Cork Film Festival.

“Cormac Breatnach’s portrayal of the Sallins Mail Train Robbery case evocatively captures that dark period in Irish policing and criminal justice, and its enduring ramifications for his brother, his family and himself.”

– Professor Dermot P.J. Walsh MRIA, Kent Law School, University of Kent.

“An extraordinary project that Cormac undertook a couple of years back as a result of an arts council funded initiative: he uses the music a suite of pieces to tell the story of the Sallins Mail Train Robbery, in which his brother Osgur was wrongly accused; it’s a wonderful piece of work and the music is just gorgeous with co musicians Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish…”

-Ellen Cranitch ‘Vespertine’ RTÉ Lyric FM


Eamon Sweeney studied classical guitar at the DIT Conservatory of Music, while there he was exposed to the Baroque guitar, igniting his fascination with the style and inspiring his doctoral research into the guitar’s role as a continuo instrument in the court of Louis XIV, an unexplored area of French Baroque music. He has since performed on stage, radio and television, both as a solo artist and with various ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Orchestra and Opera Theatre Company.

Eamon teaches and performs extensively, including giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in Ireland and abroad. He has performed at many International Music Festivals including Sligo Festival of Baroque Music, Bath International Guitar Festival, Dundee International Guitar Festival, Guitar Festival of Ireland and the City of Derry Guitar Festival. Eamon teaches with the KWETB in Bray Music Centre and in post–primary schools throughout the county.

Jane Clarke, Cormac Breatnach & Eamon Sweeney perform at Music Under The Mountains 2019

Friday September 20th 2019, 8PM

Tickets €20, available from and Eventbrite


“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, 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!

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