A weekend of traditional music, song and dance with concerts, C.D. launches, singing and music sessions, workshops and recitals.

Workshops will commence on Saturday, May 12th

Registration at Cnoc na Gaoithe at 9.30am with Workshops beginning at 10am1pm
Cost €15, (family concessions third child €5)
Concession to Begley/Rushad Concert when booking workshop.

  • Fiddle – Improvers – Pat O’Connor
  • Fiddle – Intermediate to Advanced  – Liz Kane
  • Tinwhistle – Órlaith McAuliffe
  • Banjo – Páraic McDonnchadha
  • Concertina – Intermediate to Advanced – Cormac Begley
  • Accompaniment – Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello  – Rushad Eggleston.

Pat O’Connor

Pat began playing music at the age of 6 on accordion and piano, he moved on to the mandolin, banjo and bouzouki before taking up the fiddle.

His fiddle music has a lovely pace with easy flow associated with the musical style of East Clare.

His released his first solo C.D “ The Green Mountain” followed by his second solo C.D. “ The Humours of Derrybeha”

He released a C.D. with Sliabh Luachra Accordion player Eoghan O’Sullivan in 2009 “ Conversations at The Crossroads”

Liz Kane

From North Commemara, Liz Kane comes from a well known musical family, along with her sister Yvonne they are known as “ The Kane Sisters”.

They are much-respected musicians and educators. Liz was taught music by her grandfather Jimmy  Mullen.

Liz played with Sharon Shannon in her band “The Woodchoppers” this was followed by musical collaboration with her sister Yvonne, together they recorded their album “The Well Tempered Bow” to rave reviews. The Kane sisters toured Ireland and the U.S. and this was followed by the release of their second album “ Under the Diamond” in 2004. Liz teaches music during the school term and tours the U.S. during the summer. She released a further album with Yvonne in 2010 “Side by Side” and has guested on numerous albums with many artists.

Órlaith McAuliffe

Órlaith McAuliffe

London born Órlaith McAuliffe of Irish parents from Co. Kerry, she has the distinction of having been crowned All Ireland Champion no fewer than 19 times on both flute and tin whistle.

As well as being a highly accomplished performer, Órlaith is also an original and prolific composer of may tunes.
She won the title TG4 Yound Musician of The Year in 2016 .She performs with the London based band Cross Harbour.

Páraic MacDonnchadha

Páraic MacDonnchadha

Páraic MacDonnchadha is an accomplished banjo player from Conamara, he is very much in demand at festivals in Ireland and overseas as a workshop tutor and performer at concerts and sessions.

Cormac Begley

Cormac is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family.In 2014 he received the Seán Ó Riada award for concertina playing and his playing has been described as “a masterclass in timeless musicianship”

Rushad Eggleston

Rushad Eggleston

Rushad is an innovative musician who has changed the way the cello is played.

He made his large-scale recording debut with his self-titled Compass Records release with Fiddlers 4, which was nominated for a 2002 Grammy, as well as with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, bringing him to national prominence