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!


I Draw Slow return to Music Under The Mountains

After their spectacular performance last year, we had to ask the guys to come back and so Music Under The Mountains is delighted to welcome I Draw Slow back to Hollywood! Following on from the release of their latest album, Turn Your Face To The Sun, I Draw Slow have had quite the busy summer touring all over the US and Ireland. The album itself has been subject to rave reviews from both sides of the Atlantic.

 “Impressive roots, delivered with gusto and flair” – The Irish Times

“A group blending historically Irish storytelling with full Americana rhythms. Their newest album, Turn Your Face To The Sun, finds the band further developing their rich, one-of-a-kind sound…” – Elmore Magazine

“Whatever Americana scene there may be in Ireland, I Draw Slow have surely conquered it.” – The Sunday Times


This years concert will be particularly special as they will perform acoustically in St. Kevin’s Church in Hollywood, those of you who have been at such concerts in the church know that this will be something unmissable.

As is expected tickets are already selling fast! So book your tickets sooner rather than later at musicunderthemountains.com.

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Concert Saturday 22nd – Liam O’Flynn & Sean Keane

Two legends of traditional music, sitting with achieved composure on stage, almost mirroring each other in their postures – there was something so powerful & fundamental about their presence it was difficult to find a way to photograph them. The camera preferred to keep a distance.

But the night began at the other end of the musical life arc, with a pit stop outside on the street to hear Sour Milk – legends to be, perhaps. The exchange went: “Will I take a photograph of ye?” “Are you from the Wicklow People?” “No. I’m taking pictures to put on the festival website.” “O. OK. Go on!. … Wait, [to a friend pushing in on frame of the shot] – hey, you’re not in the band.” Some discussion. “O, you’re a band, are ye?” “Yes. We’re Sour Milk.” “Excellent name.” ” We’re busking.” Snap-flash. “Now you have to make a donation.” “You’re good.”

Opening the concert was Cormac Murphy, award-winning accordian player and Fuinneamh member, accompanied by his friend Oisin on bouzouki. Like it did for Eric, the latter’s surname escapes me at the moment. He’s a fine player and it is to be welcomed that his name came to the fore when Cormac was searching his mobile phone contacts list for someone to play with him for this gig. Cormac’s playing was gentle, lively and mesmerising; and the tunes a delight to hear.

Cormac must be only 17 or 18, but he had a lovely gentle and calm way of introducing tunes and he even slipped in a few anecdotes reflecting how traditional music mixes with modern life for young players.

Having accepted the request for an encore, Cormac and Oisin consult on what to play – genuinely unprepared for such an eventuality. A hornpipe, I think it was, in the end.

Liam joking to Sean that there’s no point going all the way “down there” only to have to come all the way back, when he realised it was inevitable.

After another set, the standing ovation built quickly and with applause accompanied them all the way down the aisle.

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Concert, Friday 21st – Arc + Liz Carroll & John Doyle

The last minute venue trauma aside, it was a great night for traditional music. Under the Wicklow mountains, in the tiny village of Hollywood, on this particular night, you might persuasively argue, magic took place.

The sound guys having done a great job with the acoustics of the hall, the youth collective, Arc, led by Aoife Doyle, kicked off the weekend (just after the Rugby defeat). They represent the wonders that are achieved by the whole music scene in Hollywood – youngsters introduced to music as children, learning instruments from tutors and from players and from each other as they grow older, eventually starting to play in public, and then joining a band, and then from there who knows: a great arc of musical life. (Keep scrolling down to see pictures of the school & Arc in action elsewhere.)

Headlining Friday night were Liz Carroll & John Doyle, just arrived from the US and starting their Irish tour. They must have been tired from travel and touring, but as Liz herself said not even the bad news from the Rugby could dampen their excitement about being back in Ireland again. And O how that excitement became apparent. They were phenomenal, and it was some kind of magic, and everyone felt it judging by the reception for them.

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