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!

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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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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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Music Under The Mountains 2017

We are happy to announce the  line up for Music Under The Mountains 2017! 

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Music Under the Mountains 2017
Sept. 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2017

—–Thursday 21st—–

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I Draw Slow

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

Admission; €20

—–Friday 22nd—–

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Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle)
Damien Mullane (Accordion)

Toss The Fiddles

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

Admission; €20

—–Saturday 23rd—–

++++++Workshops++++++

Kevin Conneff (Bodhrán)
Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle)
Damien Mullane (Accordion)
Gay McKeon (Uilleann Pipes)
Traditional Swedish & Irish Music for Children (Margaretha Mattsson)

Hollywood Centre; 10.30 am

€10

++++++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

++++++Concert++++++

Kevin Conneff (Bodhrán & Vocals)
Gay McKeon (Uilleann Pipes)
Tim Edey (Guitar & Accordion)

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland; 6.00 pm

Admission €20

++++++Sessions++++++

Music from Brittany with Tom Lemmonier & Friends
Hollywood Inn; 7.30 pm

—–Sunday 25th—–

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

Hosted by Daoirí Farrell

Tutty’s Bar; 12.30 pm

All singers welcome!

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

The Voice Squad

St. Kevins Church of Ireland; 6.00 pm

Admission €20

++++++Sessions++++++

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

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

+++++Weekend tickets available for €60 – covers admission to all events!+++++

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Line Up 2016 – 25th Anniversary!


Can’t believe its been 25 years already!

We are delighted to be able to share this years line up! Further information on tickets and the like will follow shortly. we are hoping to try migrate to online ticketing for this years festival so stay tuned here and on facebook for the latest details!

Fiddle Workshop with Paul Bradley

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)

 

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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

Admission: €10/€5

 

 

 

 

 

The Vallelys in Hollywood

“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!

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The Vallely Brothers, Caoimhín, Cillian & Niall

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

Admission: €15

Mandolin Workshop with Paul Kelly

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.

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Snapshot from Paul’s mandolin workshop at Music under The Mountains 2012 (Photo credit Paul O’Connor)

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.

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Paul Kelly will host a mandolin workshop at Music Under The Mountains 2014, Sunday September 21st

Venue: Hollywood Centre

Time: 11.00 am

Admission: €10/€5

 

 

 

Tunes at 1,785 feet!

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.

Music at the top of Church Mountain last year, among those playing are Aoife Doyle, Eric & Orla Greaves alongside visiting Breton musicians Jaouen Le Goic, Camille Philippe & Tom Lemmonier

Music at the top of Church Mountain last year, among those playing are  visiting Breton musicians Jaouen Le Goic, Camille Philippe & Tom Lemmonier

 

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!

Music On The Mountain 2013

Music On The Mountain 2013

 

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

€5 contribution

Check Out This Years Poster

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!

 

Music under the mountain 2014

 

Poster download link: http://goo.gl/76Oi2D