Line-up for Music under the Mountains festival 2008

Friday 19th Sept

Opening session featuring local musicians in Tuttys Bar. Adm free.

Saturday 20th Sept

10.30 am fiddle workshops with Michelle O’Brien and Steve Larkin adm 10 Euro

2.00 Session in Tuttys Bar featuring Michelle O ‘Brien, Steve Larkin and Aidan Brennan. Adm free.

6.00 Session Hollywood Inn featuring ARC. Adm free

9.00 I Draw Slow in Hollywood Inn at 9.00. Adm 10.

Sunday 21st Sept

12.30p.m Singing Session featuring Cathal McConnell and Kevin Conneff. Adm Euro10

4.00 Session Hollywood Inn featuring The Kings River Band. Adm free

7.00 Concert Tuttys featuring Gerry O’Connor (fiddle) Paul Mc Grattan (Flute),Giles Le Bigot (guitar and vocals) and Kevin Conneff (bodhran and vocals). Adm 20 limited seating.

Information on all events 045867380.

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Sessions – Sunday evening + The Tin Box Company

You can see Joe, from Arc, on guitar here – joining in now to the session after listening in for a while from the side, after attending John Doyle’s workshop on the previous morning, after performing the night before with the band, after week’s of rehearsal, after years of practice and listening, after encouragement and example from his family, after generations of the same arc being redrawn time and again, over and over, gently and without fuss.

Singing us all into a sympathetic silence.

This one is actually a family portrait if you read it closely enough.

And if you didn’t know better, you’d almost imagine the tie was worn for the sake of this picture – what a beautiful parallel line it makes for the flute!


Meanwhile, across the road, Dan’s Thai instrument, a khene, specially made in G for trad, was soaring through a few tunes with a few others lingering like yourself as long as possible before the inevitable departure …

… and Frank was discussing with Eibhlis the finer points of Irene’s French rosin (in French!) …

and out of the blue (to some at least) the wildcard act, bluegrass band, The Tin Box Company, started up a notch or two higher their set in the front bar …

… and eventually it is time to go.

But leaving is hard. One more, maybe, across the road?

And sure there’s always Ciaran Carson’s book “Last Night’s Fun” for something of the spirit of the thing in words.

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