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Roots Concert Room

(October 05, 2016)

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  For our Fourth Annual Mountain Roots music Weekend, we have added a venue to cater for those who really want to enjoy a listening venue.. where you can get your beverage at the intervals and come and appreciate the Music.

See our programme at the " Roots concert Room"    Venue: upstairs @ Craineen's, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

Winter/Spring '16/'17:

November 25th 8pm: 

Root's '17 Launch night with Hank Wedel with Local Support Celtic Vibe

January 28th @8pm

     Patrick Horgan with Local Support act

Feb 25th @ 8pm

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

April 1st  @ 8pm

Four Star Trio

May Bank Holiday... Mountain Roots Music Weekend 2017:

Friday 28th April @ 8pm: High Plains Tradition

Sat 29th April @ 3pm free Workshop

                                 followed @4 pm Mick Power and friends.
                                                       7.15 pm Sean Garvey
                                                                       Followed by Greenshine.

Sun 30th @ 8pm: High Plains Tradition perform Gospel

                                  Followed by The Stargazers

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Singer-songwriter Hank Wedel was born in New York City in the 1960s, grew up in Mallow, Co. Cork in the 1970’s, returned to his birthplace in NYC during the '80s and '90s and is now based in Cork. Hank’s passion for music and songwriting is evident in his delivery of a song. A consummate performer, he has shared the stage with Irish music legends Bono, Shane McGowan, Declan Sinnott and Kila.
Irish folk-singer legend Christy Moore recorded Hank's song "Listen" and made it the title track of his best-selling 2009 album on Sony records. In 2012, Hank released a single entitled "Mighty Fine". The track was his first ever digital release and it reached No. 4 on the Irish iTunes Singles Chart within two weeks of release. In the past, he has been involved with bands "Princes Street" and "Open Kitchen" and a long-standing Monday night residency at Charlie’s Bar with mandolinist Ray Barron attracts a large weekly loyal following.


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Celtic Vibe:

Celtic Vibe

Celtic Vibe are Cliodhna, Natalie, Sarah, Caoimhe and Kelsey.... A Local multi-talented group, who not only are great musicians, but who have lovely voices, a good energy and fine harmonies... a "Must See"!

Patrick Horgan

Pat Horgan

Patrick Horgan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist from Cork, Ireland.
He is the leader of the Dizzy Blues Band. He features on 4 albums with the band including ‘Time is the Ruler’, (2010).
Pat wrote the theme music for the Creedon Show on RTE Radio 1, Ireland’s national station, for whom he also wrote and presented a number of radio documentaries on Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Song Collectors, and other music related subjects.
Since 2011, he has performed in Spain with Patrick Horgan y Los Hombres Aturdidos.
The latest project is a solo album of original material which was recorded in the Sound Emporium studio in Nashville with a group of elite American session players whose credits include, Elton John, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Kings of Leon, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson and many others.
The album Tennessee Embrace is now available on iTunes, cdBaby and most streaming platforms and on


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Support on The night is Shannon O Donnell

Shannon O Donnell


Shannon O Donnell is a talented local musician, with an interest in traditional, folk, contemporary and Roots music. She plays acoustic guitar and has a lovely picking style along with her own special stamp. Shannon also has a unique singing voice and plays the accordion. Her family have a longstanding interest in music performance and appreciation. It is fantastic to see this continuing on in Shannon and we look forward to seeing more of her in the future.


Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado


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Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.

Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion ​
Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time
 listener in stunned disbelief! 

The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. At only 20 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for SPBGMA’s “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. They are joined by Oregon native and festival favorite Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals as well as champion multi-instrumentalist and veteran musician Isaac Calender on bass. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as the California Bluegrass Association's Emerging Artist of the year, an honor given into the past to bands such as Della Mae, and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass.

Four Star Trio

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The Four Star Trio is a modestly titled, Cork-based group, comprising Johnny

McCarthy (fiddle, flute, songs), Con “Fada” Ó Drisceoil (accordion, comic songs) and

Pat “Herring” Ahern (guitar). Formed in 1989, the group has performed in various

parts of Europe and Asia. With a special interest in the music of Sliabh Luachra, its

sound is built around the interplay of fiddle and accordion. The Trio’s acclaimed

second CD is titled “Magnetic South”. The members can be heard regularly at the

Wednesday night session in The Corner House, Cork

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Support on The Night are Ardú

ARDÚ Selena Promo


Ardú Bio

Ardú are a local group consisting of Peter Mullarkey, Rosaleen Mullarkey and Selena O’Connell. They will entertain you on fiddle, accordion and guitar and with vocals by Rosaleen and Selena. They have a vast repertoire in traditional music and song and also perform music from other genres. Peter founded and is custodian of the Binneas Project, which is a vast collection of local music and song. Some of the collection will be performed on the night and publications from the collection will be available for sale.

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High Plains Tradition

High plains Tradition

It all started in 1987 when Kenny Pabst and Doug Elrick had just come off of a 1 year hiatus from playing music with a band named "A GRAIN OF SALT".  They were talking about getting back to playing the music they loved, Bluegrass, and playing in front of the best fans out there.  That is when Kenny and Doug got a hold of Steve Youngblood, a fabulous left handed guitar picker and singer, and Bob Grosser,  a fabulous banjo player.  Thus was the start of High Plains Tradition.  Through several member changes and 26 years later, High Plains tradition has become a highly sought after band at festivals and concerts alike.
They have played in venues all across the West from California to Kentucky.  They have also played festivals in Canada as well as 2 tours in Ireland.  Their music is rooted in the "Traditional" with a flair of their own.

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Mick Power

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 Mick a long time friend of live Music appreciation and of The Roots music concept, is a Multi-talented versatile Musician. He has joined us since the inaugural year and has proven to be an integral part of the weekend at this stage. We look forward to what he will bring to this concert and of course we look forward to joining him is sessio over the Weekend

Séan Garvey

Sean Garvey


Seán Garvey 

 The Bonny Bunch of Roses



Harry Stottle Records HS 002; 56 minutes; 2003



 When a demonstration copy of The Bonny Bunch of Roses arrived some two months ago I could not wait to review the completed version of this truly sumptuous album.

I’d first heard Seán sing one night in The Cobblestone in Dublin where, for most of the evening, he had been content to provide guitar accompaniment in a session. It was an enthralling experience, beckoned in by Neillidh Mulligan’s sudden interruption of our conversation with the words, “Sssh, Seán’s going to sing”. Talk of uilleann pipes could attend while this slight, bearded figure held us rapt for five minutes or so. It had been a quiet night in The Cobblestone and the clientele grew appreciatively more silent while Seán sang. I cannot recall what he sang that night, but that was of little import compared to the sense of discovery imbuing its way into my cranial cortex.

 Seeking out any previous recordings by this man became imperative. Sadly, despite the length of his career (Seán has been active musically since the early 1970s), I found only one previous full-length album, Ón dTalamh Amach (‘Out of the Ground’) which he had released on his own Harry Stottle label in 1998 and an appearance on an album from the same year, Sessions from the Hearth. For those not familiar with the latter, it consists of a live concert recorded at Siamsa Tire (The National Folk Theatre of Ireland) in Tralee and features musicians such as the fiddler Malachy Bourke, Éamonn de Barraon flute and Enda Scahill on banjo. Seán sang a splendid solo version of a song called here You Can’t Boil Potatoes, a rousing ditty recounting how women attempting to enrol for a cookery class run by Kerry County Council in Cahirciveen were refused entry if they signed their names in Irish. The event took place in 1906 and the song was composed by an Irish language campaigner, Briain Ó hUiginn. Whether his efforts were written after the furore had settled down and the women finally admitted to the course is unclear, but what is certain is that the song resurfaced on Ón dTalamh Amach, where Seán ascribes it a new title, Haute Cuisine in Cathair Saidhbhín (the Irish name for Cahirciveen or Cahirsiveen, as it is sometimes spelt).

Cahirciveen is Seán Garvey’s birthplace and the town and its surrounding area (part of the tourist-ridden Ring of Kerry) is very dear to him. Ón dTalamh Amach featured another song relevant to the area, The Boys of Barr na Sráide, written by the town’s best-known composer Eddie ‘Sigerson’ Clifford (whose works have also been recorded by Tim Dennehy). Other songs were learnt during Seán’s time living in Connemara or on his travels in Clare while Seán’s instrumental skills on flute, whistle, banjo and harmonica were aired on tunes such as The Harvest Home, learnt from two brothers from the travelling Dunne family who used to busk at the annual Cahirciveen horse races. However, the album’s crowning glory is Seán’s nine-minute rendition of Laurel Hill, sometimes known as Sweet Laurel Hill or Kyle’s Flowery Braes, found in the Sam Henry collection Songs of the People, but sung here to the same tune employed by Frank Harte on My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte.


Naturally, as someone who spent a considerable time immersed in the latter album (see my review), it is tempting to make comparisons between the two singers, but I am reluctant to do so, for the simple reason that both Seán and Frank make the song their own in completely different and distinct ways.

Seán’s strengths lie in the intensity of his voice and his innate expressive abilities, making him one of the most superb song interpreters. Simultaneously, these qualities are supported by the understanding of his arrangements, so subtle at times that it defies expectancy. Additionally, Seán is a distinctive guitarist and its a display of these instrumental skills, a solo finger-picked rendition of Carolan’s Draught, which graces the opening track of The Bonny Bunch of Roses. Seán being a naturally inquisitive character, this and the majority of songs and tunes on the album are accompanied by detailed, researched liner notes.

Carolan’s Draught immediately gives away to Mick Kinsella’s atmospheric harmonica opening to the Cyril Tawney song, The Ballad of Sammy’s Bar. Coincidentally, this song also appears on Jerry O’Reilly’s recent album, Down from Your Pulpits, Down from Your Thrones! – a little like a number 134 bus: wait for ages and two appear at the same time. Jerry cites Seán as being one of the first people he heard singing the song, but Seán’s version is light years in difference to his own. Garvey fully embraces the song’s subject of unrequited love. The story’s simple: a man goes to a bar and discovers that his true love prefers Johnny, seemingly on the grounds that the latter owns an American car; resolving to win back his love, the protagonist abjures booze, presumably to be both sober and solvent enough to hire his own ’Yankee car’; next Johnny fails to negotiate a hairpin bend and ‘For my love it was the end’; so, finally, back goes our anonymous hero to drown his sorrows at Sammy’s Bar. Simple, trite, but, in Seán’s hands, it’s a masterpiece.

Next follows one of the album’s two songs in Irish, Sliabh na mBan to whose lyrics Seán helpfully appends a translation in English. Sung to understated guitar and accordion backing, the latter provided by the ever reliable Josephine Marsh, this seven-and-a-half-minutes epic account of (as Seán puts it) ‘by no means a major battle, in terms of numbers killed’, is nevertheless delivered with all the emotional extremes represented by its images of tragedy and hope. The battle itself took place in south Tipperary on July 23rd during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the song acquired a greater significance thanks to its deep-seated belief that the wrongs inflicted by the British upon the Irish would one day be redressed:

Beidh rince ar bhóitre is soilse á naó againn,

   Beidh meidhir is mórtas ar Shliabh na mBan.

There will be dancing on the roads and fires burning;

 There will be joy and exultation on Sliabh na mBan.

Following the pleasant instrumental interlude of a set of double jigs (Seán on flute, Liam Lewis on fiddle) we arrive at the second song in Irish, Éamon Mhágaine (again a translation is provided). As Seán notes, the song has several regional variants. Here, thanks to the reference to the road from Cork to Douglas, it is clear which one he is singing unaccompanied. This essentially emphasizes another of the Garvey strengths, the sean-nós delivered here with that melodic certainty which characterizes many of the great Kerry singers.

Our journey now takes us on a couple of trips to Australia, first calling at Andy’s Gone with Cattle, written by Henry Lawson (1867-1922) of Grenfell, New South Wales whose works led to him being known as ‘the people’s poet’. The opening couplet sets the song’s mood:

Our Andy’s gone with cattle now,

Our hearts are out of order.

 This song of hope and longing is delivered at the slowest of tempos with Lewis’s fiddle and Kinsella’s mouth organ soaking up the slow pace of Outback life as Seán recounts the pain of waiting without ever wallowing in the melancholy for which Lawson’s songs were often criticized.

The mood is somewhat uplifted by the subsequent The Broken-Down Squatter which, despite the depressive connotations of its title, has a rather jaunty tone. This one was penned by the Queenslander Charles Flower and first published in 1894 and the ‘squatter’ refers to a large-scale sheep-farmer in Australian slang. The song echoes the economic problems facing Australian agriculture in the 1890s and its subject recounts all its problems and his efforts to overcome them, while ever encountering governmental and legal exigencies.


However, the black mood returns with The Weary Gallows from Sam Henry’s Songs of the People collection. Another long song, this ballad, while resulting in the happy ending of a reprieve from said gallows, takes us through all the pain of the waiting lover. Again, Seán’s delivery is absolute perfection.


Another instrumental break, a set of reels made resonant by the drone of Eoghan Garvey’s pipes, takes us to the title track, one of the great songs of the Irish tradition, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and, boy, is it given the delivery it deserves – a telling, trenchant, benchmark rendition, recorded live in concert in County Clare.


All after that seems anticlimactic, so, perhaps judging the listener’s mood, Seán treats us to his version of the Walker Sullivan piece of US schmaltz, When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again. I’ll let the singer provide his own justification:


The Irish penchant for occasional over-indulgence in sentimentality cannot be gainsaid, and for which, no doubt, there are complex socio-historical reasons. Here’s my contribution!


On a more serious note he does provide the justification that it was commonplace for local singers in South Kerry ‘to have a song of North American provenance in their repertoires...’ Well, of course, this applies equally to most parts of rural Ireland.


The album ends with another solo guitar piece, For Rosie and Countess, providing a neat bookend to the whole work which (and it ought to be firmly mentioned at this point) was produced with customary excellence by P.J. Curtis.


It’s a telling point that a singer as skilled as Seán Garvey does not yet have a UK distributor for this wholehearted tour de force of an album. So, for the moment, prospective purchasers can contact him at [email protected]


This review by Geoff Wallis was originally written for Musical Traditions.

 For more information about Seán Garvey visit




The Girl in the Lavender Dress

If there was one song that captured the imagination of the public in the Summer of 2016 it has to be The Girl in the Lavender Dress, the beautiful single which is taken from their recently released album of the same name. The song was penned by band member Mary Greene. Something about it's sense of optimism and hopeful message, Ellie Shine's clear, young voice and supporting harmonies, strings and instrumentation cut through the sometimes very dark news of the Summer. It was retained on the RTE Radio 1 playlist for two months where it received the most plays of any track for the month of August and was judged No. 1 Pick of the Pack by Jukebox Connect as well as reaching No. 1 in the iTunes Ireland Singer Songwriter Chart. It's optimism was such a tonic that it was shared all over the world via the internet and copies of the album have so far reached three continents of the globe and counting.


RTE Presenter and Producer Aonghus McAnally described it as:

"One of the most creative things to come out of Ireland for quite a while."

While broadcasting legend Alf McCarthy declared that it was "The sound of the Summer."

Greenshine's set list includes their own beautiful songs and folk classics from both sides of the Atlantic as well as the odd rock or pop surprise done in their own distinctive style. Greenshine's beautiful new album The Girl in the Lavender Dress is available in Golden Discs, Tower Records and independent record shops nationwide. It's also available online from their website  

Band Bio

GREENSHINE is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others. Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She has added her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press. 


Ellie Shine has grown up surrounded by music and has been performing in concerts and festivals since the age of 13 including an appearance with GREENSHINE for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at The Abbey Theatre. Despite her tender years,  Ellie has featured on 4 recordings to date. She has a huge interest in the songs of the Muskerry Gaeltacht and reached the All-Ireland final of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann's Sean-Nós Singing competition in her debut try-out. She enjoys singing songs of all genres and has a special place in her heart reserved for good contemporary songwriting. She accompanies herself on the ukulele. 

Greenshine's first cd featured on RTE Radio One’s ‘Recommended New Albums’ list amongst their and the band can list Christy Moore who said of their first album -

"This is a gorgeous album - the Sound of a Family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine." 

 The album was also featured as:

Radio Kerry's Irish Release of the Day.

Album of the Week - West Dublin Radio



The Stargazers



The first gig was way back in 1983 on RTE TV. Since then, while the line-up has undergone some changes, the harmonies are as tight as ever! The band continues to celebrate the songwriting genius of such greats as Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and the instrumental style of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Throw in songs by modern greats such as Randy Newman as well as some originals for good measure and you get the gist of what Stargazers are about.


The band has sung from the rooftops of Kensington Gardens, on the white beaches of Bermuda, and in Portugal, Norway and Africa. In that time they have made regular appearances on all the major shows on RTE radio and television.



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