Discover Irish music at the Masters Of Tradition Festival


Take a journey into the heart of Irish music at the Masters Of Tradition Festival online event hosted by West Cork Music in Bantry, County Cork.

Masters of Tradition is a unique festival that presents traditional Irish music in its purest form and also features collaborations that span in many directions.

From September 29 to November 17, concerts will be broadcast every Wednesday evening by the American platform

These concerts will have been pre-recorded at Bantry House, Future Forests in Kealkil and Abbessrewry Church in Skibbereen. These concerts can also be viewed on demand after the initial broadcast.

Tickets for the Masters of Tradition festival can be purchased here.

This week, Wednesday October 6, the magnificent stately home of Bantry House hosts a performance by Masters of Tradition Artistic Director Martin Hayes, the fiddler of East Clare, whose distinctive touch and extravagant virtuosity have brought tradition to life. new levels. He will perform alongside Festival favorites Steve Cooney and David Power.

“This concert features two of my old friends with whom I have played a lot over the years. Steve Cooney is an Australian-born guitarist who moved to Ireland many years ago. He explored Irish music in a way that brought him to the heart of it and made him a true master of the tradition.

“David Power is one of our best uilleann bagpipers. He plays with wildness and surrender, energy and freedom, and with an emotional weight behind what he plays, which I really enjoy,” says Martin Hayes.

Steve Cooney and Derek Hickey credit Joe Chapman

During the eight-day festival spread over eight weeks, there will also be performances and collaborations by guitarists Steve Cooney, John Walsh and Phil Robson; singer Christine Tobin; multi-instrumentalists Francesco Turrisi and Brian Donnellan.

pianist and composer Cormac McCarthy; the poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa; accordionist Derek Hickey; uilleann piper David Power; and violinist Marja Gaynor will also perform.

The Goodman Trio (uilleann piper Mick O’Brien, flutist Emer Mayock and violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain) will present the music collected by Canon James Goodman in the mid-19th century.

While ‘Immram’, a setting to music from the suite of poems of the same name written by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, will feature Neil Ó Lochlainn (double bass, flute), sean-nós singer Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, violinist Lucia Mac Partlin and the harpist Eilís Lavelle.

“We filmed at Bantry House and all around West Cork, doing our best to bring you the feeling and experience of what you may have had while visiting here. We want to keep this alive and share it with you. best we can, hoping we can all be in person together next year, ”says Marin Hayes.

The Masters of Tradition opened in 2003 and since then it has hosted such renowned names as Christy Moore, Scullion, Lisa O’Neill, Donal Lunny, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Altan, Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Moya Brenna, Liam Maonlaí, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Séamus Begley, John Spillane and many others.

Martin Hayes and David Power.  Credit Joe Chapman

Martin Hayes and David Power. Credit Joe Chapman

Tickets for the Master of Tradition of Festival can be purchased here and the full schedule can also be found on the West Cork Music website. You can follow Master of Tradition on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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