Biblical cast of musicians for the 30th anniversary of Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional music festival

The 30th Anniversary Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival begins in Castleisland next Thursday the 27th of October. The festival will run over 5 days and will feature over 200 artists.

The biggest names in traditional music will all be descending on Castleisland for a weekend of unbridled joy and celebration of traditional music.  Sliabh Luachra maestros such as Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch, Seamus Begley, Jimmy Doyle,  Aoife Ní Chaoimh, Paudie O’Coonor, Aidan Coffey, Bryan O’Leary, Andrea Palandri, Aidan Connolly Gerry Harrington, Donal Murphy Eoghan O’Sullivan, Peter Browne, Paul de Grae, Jimmy  Doyle, Connie O’Connell and Eibhlin de Paor  will all be taking part.

Frankie Gavin of De Dannan fame, Cathal Hayden and his band Four Men and a Dog, Tara Breen of The Chieftains. Oisin MacDiarmada and his band Téada will all be in town. It is a whose who of traditonal music. 

Thursday night the nationally renowned ‘Session Trail’ will commence. The trail will feature Ireland’s and Sliabh Luachra finest traditional musicians. Also on Thursday night there will be a A Fire Show with Druids, Fire Dragon and some giant Goths! This show brings its audience on a journey where they won’t know what comes next! An explosion of fire, light, skill and the ridiculous. The presentation lasts approx. 60 mins and is presented as part of the October 2022 An Turas Mór – Homecoming Kerry initiative.


Friday 28th October

Téada and Seamus Begley will perform in concert. Téada are one of the biggest names in  the traditional music world and we are delighted that they will be opening our run of five concerts. They will be supported by Fuinneamh, a very exciting young band from West Limerick & North Kerry


Saturday 28th October

Saturday will see classes on all traditional instruments. Classes will take place at 11am and will be given by some of the leading lights of traditional music. More details are available here.

At 2pm a very special  one off event will focus on the iconic ‘Kerry Fiddles’ album which was recorded in Charlie Horans Bar, in Castleisland, in 1952. The album featured Patrick O’Keeffe, Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. This fiddle recital will seek to recreate the magic of that album with all the fiddlers involved in the concert playing selected solos, duets and trios just like on the original record. Aidan Connolly presents, with Frankie Gavin & Oisin MacDiarmada being just two of the other 12 musicians involved.


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