Press release from Arts Office of Cork County Council


The 2014 Sliabh Luachra Music Trail, celebrating the unique traditional music style of the area, will be launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, at Ballydesmond Community Centre, on the evening of March 7th. The Sliabh Luachra Music Trail aims to create a year-round calendar of events, bringing together festivals and venues throughout the region to attract visitors with an interest in the music and culture of the region. This exciting initiative is being led by the Arts Offices of Cork and Kerry County Council with assistance from IRD Duhallow.

Sliabh Luachra, which straddles the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry, occupies a unique position in the world of traditional music. It is associated with a specific and idiomatic traditional music style and the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail will celebrate this tradition .The Inaugural 2014 concert on the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail, in association with Kanturk Arts Festival, is on March 15th and features Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Conal Ó Gráda, Con Fada Ó Drisceoil and TG4 Young Musician of The Year, Duhallow accordion player, Bryan O’Leary.

As well as promoting the region’s rich musical heritage, the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail hopes to ultimately play a role in celebrating and preserving its style and repertoire. One of the key aims is to publish a calendar of events highlighting festival activity and regular music sessions throughout the region. The Sliabh Luachra Music Trail for 2014 includes the Maurice O’Keeffe Festival in Kiskeam, Co. Cork in April; Con Curtin Festival, Brosna Co. Kerry in June; Scullys Fest, Newmarket Co. Cork in August and the Patrick O’Keeffe Festival, Castleisland, Co. Kerry in October.

The 2014 Sliabh Luachra Music Trail, will be launched at Ballydesmond Community Centre, Ballydesmond, Co. Cork, on March 7th at 8.30pm.