World Fiddle Day in Scartaglin is an annual gathering of traditional musicians not to be missed – but this year, like everything else, it will take place online.
The Kerry village hosts a celebration of the fiddle and traditional music and song of area surrounding Scartaglin, Cordal, Castleisland, and those who enriched it by visiting and playing.
It is especially a showcase of Sliabh Luachra music, typified by pulsating, lively, glorious slides and polkas, and made famous by the playing of Pádraig O’Keefe, Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford.
Other musicians such as Connie O’Connell, Johnny O’Leary and Jimmy Doyle have brought the tradition to the nation’s attention over the years, with thousands attending concerts in the Handed Down series in Scartaglin.
“If the visitors cannot come to Scartaglin to hear the sound of Sliabh Luachra this year because of Covid-19 then we will bring the music to them,” a defiant World Fiddle Day founder member, PJ Teahan told the Maine Valley Post as he washed down the Patrick O’Keeffe monument in Scartaglin on Sunday morning.
An online, special live broadcast featuring fiddle players from around the world would take place, he said, adding that there had been a huge response from fiddlers around the world and in Ireland eager to participate.
“We’re inviting the world to join us and hear the sound of solo fiddles and tunes associated with the Sliabh Luachra area,” Mr Teahan said. .
Watch the World Fiddle Day Scartaglin concert from 7.30 pm on Saturday on their social channels listed below:
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