Cork's Masters of Tradition festival celebrates 20th anniversary 

"In this environment, it is possible to bring people inside a very intimate and detailed experience of the music." 
Cork's Masters of Tradition festival celebrates 20th anniversary 

Joining Martin Hayes in an unmissable opening concert in the Maritime Hotel are Cork pianist Cormac McCarthy and accordion player Brian Donnellan. Picture: West Cork Music

Cork music lovers are invited to celebrate the last days of summer with a visit to Masters of Tradition which runs from 24 – 28 August in Bantry

It is the 20th anniversary of the festival and as ever, is headlined by its Artistic Director Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare, whose extravagant virtuosity has brought the tradition to new levels.

“Inside traditional music is a significant mastery," Mr Hayes said. "This is something you might not notice at a big outdoor event or in a corner of a noisy bar. 

"In this environment, it is possible to bring people inside a very intimate and detailed experience of the music. This was an experience I had growing up myself and I want to share that with people.” 

Joining Martin Hayes in the opening concert in the Maritime Hotel are Cork pianist Cormac McCarthy, accordion player Brian Donnellan, dancer Stephanie Keane and sean-nós singer Saileog Ní Cheannabháin.

The Thursday evening concert in St Brendan’s Church presents the renowned Kathryn Tickell Trio from Northumberland. 

The Bantry House concerts open on Friday evening with fiddler Sorcha Costello and pianist Catherine McHugh joined by Lorcán MacMathúna, fiddler Daire Bracken and pianist and accordionist Martin Tourish. 

Late night audiences can catch uilleann piper David Power with violinist Marja Gaynor and Flamenco guitarist John Walsh.

The popular duo, concertina player and dancer Caitlín Nic Gabhann and fiddler Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, take to the Bantry House stage on Saturday, alongside accordion player Derek Hickey and guitarist Steve Cooney. 

The candlelit late night níos déanaí welcomes the Cormac McCarthy Project featuring fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, cellist Kate Ellis and singer Nell Ní Chróinín, Brian Donnellan and Cormac McCarthy for music specially composed and arranged by McCarthy himself.

Elsewhere during the five day festival are secret concerts in unique local venues including Future Forests in Kealkil, as well as a series of talks in Bantry’s oldest pub, Ma Murphy’s.

Full programme at www.westcorkmusic.ie/masters-of-tradition

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