Great night of music in store with Sliabh Luachra’s best set to take to the stage

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An Culturlann MacAmhlaoibh in Newmarket will play host to a fantastic evening of craic agus ceol next Thursday (June 16) when they welcome through their doors some of the best musicians from the Sliabh Luachra region for their Árdnaceol gig at a night which will also mark the launch of Pat Fleming’s brand new self-titled album on which he collaborated with legendary local musician Timmy O’Connor.

Accordion players/melodian Pat and Timmy in the evening will be other extremely talented performers such as Pat’s wife and violinist Maria Cotter, singer Meadbh Walsh, poet Mike Guerin, guitarist Gary O’Brien and d Other big names such as Tim Browne (Bouzouki), Eoin Stan O’Sullivan (violin & guitar) and Philip Lenihan (compared) will all combine to undoubtedly make the evening a huge success.

Talk to The Kerryman this week, Pat Fleming talked about working on the album with a great like Timmy O’Connor and what he hopes to accomplish with its release.

“We really enjoyed the whole process [making the album] and i think he [the album] is a true example of music passed down from generation to generation,” he said.

“Timmy is a renowned musician. He is very excited about this [the album and the concert] and that means a lot more to him than you think. He’s 87 and he probably thought his days in the spotlight were over thanks to COVID, but now all that excitement about the album and the gig is happening again. It’s like a rebirth of the music scene in a way,” he continued.

“We play the music unmodified with total integrity and it’s very easy on the ear and we want to try and maybe attract young musicians to our music because a lot of them don’t listen to our type of music right now. What’s unique about the album is that it was recorded live. It wasn’t inside a studio, there was nothing like that copying and pasting parts of the song or any work done to make it sound better or something like that is pure traditional raw music,” Pat added.

Continuing, Pat said the album is a way to help keep the memory and legacy of musicians who are no longer with us alive for the next generation to hear.

“I’m kind of the last of the generation that grew up playing with people like Maurice Keeffe, Paddy Jones, Johnny Leary and they were all dying, so I was the last generation that had the opportunity to meet these fantastic musicians and play A lot of the music I play on the album are tunes I learned from Maurice and I think it’s a great way to keep the legacy of these musicians alive “, did he declare.

The evening in Newmarket will start at 8.00pm and early booking is advised as seating will be limited. Tickets can be reserved by calling 083 806 0054 or by visiting https://www.acoustianity.com/

Additionally, the CD will be available for purchase for just €10 online at https://sliabhluachra.bandcamp.com/

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