The Ballymore Singing Festival returns this year with on Friday October 17th for a weekend full of song and a few sessions of music too! You can check out the lineup on the poster below!
For further details contact C.J Darby at 085-8249390
The first of this years workshops will be a fiddle workshop hosted by Armagh native Paul Bradley.
“A self-taught fiddler, northern fiddling informs his playing style. Brief tuition from Josephine Keegan and education from ‘ the hedgerows of life’ have helped shape his playing too.”
Paul is a well known fiddle player, maker and teacher, having been one of the fiddle tutors at the Willie Clancy week for many years (this year included), his first solo album Atlantic Roar (1998) earned rave reviews, including a five star rating in the Irish Times.
“key and style changes show off not only his talent and utter comfort with the instrument, but also his thorough understanding of the music he plays.” (Fintan Vallely)
Paul is no stranger to Music Under The Mountains, he has performed and taught at several past festivals and has quite recently moved his violin making work from Galway to the hills outside Hollywood, we hope you can join us for what looks to be the makings of a great workshop!
Paul Bradley will host a fiddle workshop at Music Under The Mountains 2014, Saturday September 20th
Venue: Hollywood Centre
Time: 10.00 am
“Niall, Cillian and Caoimhín have all had a very busy summer of gigs with Lunasa, Buille and various other projects throughout Europe and North America. Now they’re getting ready to do their first Irish tour together. Starting in Cork on September 17th they’ll be heading off around the country with Scottish guitarist Ross Martin. They’ll be hitting Castlebar, Hollywood, Limerick, Carrick on Shannon and Armagh before ending up in Belfast on the 27th.”
Having hosted the three Vallely brothers at previous festivals in one or another incarnation, Cillian (Uillean Pipes) in 2007, Niall (Concertina) and Caoimhín (Piano & Fiddle) as Buille in 2006 & 2009, we are delighted to once again welcome them to Hollywood!
Although Niall & Caoimhín are in Buille together, and Niall & Cillian have both toured and recorded together (Callan Bridge – 2002), this is first tour which the three brothers have all embarked on together, with Scottish guitarist Ross Martin joining them.
This concert will no doubt feature strong influences of jazz, classical and even blues notes, as is often encountered in Builles distinct take on Traditional music. Couple this with the “Acoustically superb” setting of St. Kevins Church of Ireland and you will have something special indeed!
Here are a couple of small tastes of what to expect, (as this will be the guys first tour together there is understandably not much of them together available), first up is a short clip from Music Under The Mountains 2007 featuring Cillian, alongside fellow Lunasa member Seán Smith and Hollywood native Tony Davoren;
And a bit of Niall & Caoimhín as Buille at 2009’s Open House Festival in Belfast;
The Vallely Brothers perform at Music Under The Mountains 2014
Venue: St. Kevins church of Ireland, Hollywood, Saturday September 20th
Time: 8.00 pm
This year we are delighted to once again welcome Paul Kelly to Music Under The Mountains. No stranger to Hollywood, Paul has been present at many past festivals, both as a performer and a teacher in our workshops, which always prove to be a great success!
Paul Kelly is an experienced multi-instrumentalist musician from Tallaght in Dublin, Ireland, who is equally at home in a variety of different styles of music. At 12 years of age, and already playing the guitar for 5 years, Paul was introduced to Irish Traditional Music by neighbour and well known fiddler Des Carty. During his teenage years he developed as a banjo and mandolin player, making many trips to Fleadhs (Irish Music Festivals), as well as many weekends in Co. Clare, where his style was honed, playing regularly with the Russell brothers from Doolin, Noel Hill, Tony Linnane and other great Clare musicians.
Around this time Paul started to play fiddle and gig with different folk bands in the Dublin area.
In the early eighties he discovered Bluegrass and spent four years as fiddler with ‘The Sackville String Band’, the legendary Dublin outfit who played at concerts and festivals all over the country. The band’s reputation was such that many visiting U.S. musicians would jam on stage with them and so Paul got to hear and play with Bluegrass legends like Peter Rowan, Tex Logan and Kenny Baker.
He then joined forces with Irish singer/songwriter Mick Hanly, whose band Rusty Old Halo, he helped to form. Their only release, Still Not Cured, played a large part in establishing a “New Country Music Scene” in Dublin, with bands like The Wilf Brothers, Hank Halfhead, Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends and the biggest of them all, The Fleadh Cowboys, all touring the country on a regular basis. Although Paul had played with all the above bands at some stage, he joined up with The Fleadh Cowboys 1989, who were one of the hottest bands in Ireland at that time, touring regularly around the country and also playing monthly in two of London’s best known venues; The Mean Fiddler and The Powerhouse.
In 1992, after Paul had established himself as a studio session musician, recording with Mary Black, The Dubliners, Townes van Zandt and many others, he returned to his traditional roots by joining with Trevor Hutchinson and Gerry O’ Beirne as fiddler and mandolinist in The Sharon Shannon Band, touring America and Europe that year, in a hectic schedule which culminated with a Late Late Show TV Special which was dedicated to the Clare accordion wizard.
In 1997 Paul founded a record company called Malgamú Music, which tapped in to the new eclecticism in Traditional Irish music, and encouraged its artists to experiment with other musical styles, although keeping Irish Music at the core. This project saw six releases including those by the exciting band Lia Luachra, fiddler Kevin O’ Connor, guitarist Sean Whelan and Paul’s own offering “a mandolin album”, which received excellent reviews and is often quoted as a defining CD in Irish music for the mandolin.
In 2002 Paul began teaching music in BCFE, a third level college in Dublin. He has also given mandolin & fiddle workshops in Haapvesi, Finland, Milwaukee University USA, Tesserete, Switzerland and in the University of Limerick, Ireland. In August 2011, Paul was delighted to be asked to teach Irish mandolin at world renowned classical mandolinist Carlo Aonzo’s International Mandolin Academy in Ferrara, Italy, an engagement which was repeated in 2012.
A book of 110 mandolin tunes selected from his vast repertoire (including some of his own compositions) was published in 2007 and is widely distributed in the States by Mel Bay.
From 2005 to 2010 Paul was a member of The David Munnelly Band, with whom he regularly toured America. The band, which mixes Irish Traditional Music with swing rhythms, and draws inspiration from the 1920s melting pot music of New York, are much in demand, and have also performed in Holland, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, Italy and Israel.
At present Paul works with ex De Dannan singer Eleanor Shanley with whom he has toured Holland, Denmark, Austria and Italy as well as performing regularly all over Ireland. He is also touring with The Dublin Legends (ex Dubliners) through 2014 as a temporary replacement for Banjo wizard Gerry O’ Connor who is currently treading the boards with the world renowned blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
Paul Kelly will host a mandolin workshop at Music Under The Mountains 2014, Sunday September 21st
Venue: Hollywood Centre
Time: 11.00 am
This year, on Saturday September 20th, we will again have a walk from Hollywood to Church Mountain, just outside the village. Last years walk was a great success and turned out to be one of the highlights of the festival and a memorable event overall with music being played at the peak of the mountain. Refreshments will again be provided at the top through the kind support of Kenny’s Supervalu, Blessington.
Registration for the walk will be in the village at 12 noon, keeping in with the festivals aim to support the Laura Greaves Music Bursary a €5 donation will be requested of those taking part. As can be seen from the above photos this is a truly unique setting for a session. All those attending are most welcome to bring an instrument for some more high altitude tunes!
And if that wasn’t enough to whet the appetite, check out this clip from last year!
Music On The Mountain, September 20th 2014
Registration for event in Hollywood Village at 12 noon
The final version posters are back from the printers and are looking very well indeed, so keep your eyes peeled for them as they go up around the place! If you are involved in a music club or play in a regular session and think your venue could benefit from having a poster up then please feel free download and distribute it, all publicity is appreciated greatly!
Poster download link: http://goo.gl/76Oi2D
The only mystery is why they aren’t already huge.’
– Acoustic Magazine (UK)
We are delighted to be welcoming The Henry Girls to this years Music Under The Mountains Festival! The trio of sisters, hailing from Inishowen Co. Donegal shall perform in the Hollywood Centre on Sunday September 21st. Their current album, On Louder Words (2014) has generated great reviews both here and the other side of the Atlantic.
‘Confident, organic and under-stated, this collection will urge listeners to seek out The Henry Girls’ live shows for the full 3D experience.’
– The Irish Times
‘Blending Irish and American roots styles with the retro sounds of close harmony groups of the ’40s & ’50s, The Henry Girls have forged a sound of their own.
– Colm O Hare, Hot Press Magazine (IRL)
‘These young ladies hail from Co. Donegal, Ireland, but their songs are universal in theme though drawing on the roots of their Irish, Scottish and Americana roots. Their voices woven together form a rich canopy that is both open and airy at the same time, so tightly put together as to be virtually water repellant. Their voices are a piece that is so beautiful it grabs and holds the ear of the beholder. Their voice weave in and out of each other at times bending and shaping the ears. Without being overt, there is a distinct Celtic lilt to the voices, at times strong enough to betray their roots in the old country…A group to keep your eye out for..’
– FAME review (USA)
‘Latest album “Louder Than Words” is a harmony-laden delight from beginning to end.’
– Pittsburgh In Tune (USA)
The ladies have a wealth of songwriting talent, with some amazing original tracks, such as “When Will I See You Again”
The girls also have a couple of truly special covers under their belts, like this particular one of Elvis Costellos “Watching The Detectives”
This is most definitely one that is not to be missed!
The Henry Girls perform at Music Under The Mountains 2014 in the Hollywood Centre
Doors: 7.30 pm
Show: 8.00 pm
Galway based group Portherhead will be taking their unique blend of Traditional Irish Music and Blues to Hollywood this year. The five piece group features Ballymore Eustace native Joe Junker, who apart from being well known locally as an accomplished guitarist and vocalist, is also the lead tutor for guitar with the Bursary. Alongside Joe are Liam King (Accordian), Lorcán Brady (Fiddle, Uilleann Pipes), James Frawley (Concertina) and Paul Mc Clure (Bodhrán).
Portherhead are the genesis of a new era for Irish traditional music. Blending pure traditional roots with the raw soul of the blues, they embody the spirit of the session. Their exhilarating energy and innovative musicality pervades their sound, in both their rousing live sets and in the deft allure of their debut studio album. Hailing from Inishbofin, Galway, Kildare, Cavan and Donegal, their music is a true amalgram of pan-Irish traditional culture, style and nuance.
The lads have previously toured the US and have been all over the country this Summer, including a gig at the Body and Soul Festival a couple of weeks ago and are also due for a stint at the Electric Picnic.
They will be playing in Tuttys Backroom on Saturday the 20th of September and will also be using the gig as part of the launch of their self titled debut album, a taste of which is available below.
We’re looking forward to having the guys with us this year!
Portherhead play Music Under The Mountains 2014
Venue: Tuttys Backroom
Time: 10.00 pm