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Cahersiveen Mountain Roots Music Weekend 2018

(May 04, 2018)

community centre festival office


 Now that the dust has settled on another great weekend of music , I have put together a few pics and reports of what was a great atmospheric  weekend of music.

We had some fantastic gigs and sessions and we met with a lot of followers and supporters some like Dan from the US who brought me some Nashville picks ( which I have since tried out!!) Deirdre and her company who travelled to our Acroass the County Bounds Concert and of course the return of the Caherdaniel company who never fail to follow Two Time Polka,  who came and danced their hearts out ( and their legs off )at the Two Time Polka Gig!!

Seamus was at the epicentre!! of info surrounded by the Aladin's cave that is the wonder of Skellig Soul and Steel.

Along with providing info for our the visitors to the Roots that weekend, Seamus manned the fort for inpromtu workshops and also gave little accounts of "

Roots 18 Skellig Soul and Steel at The Cahersiveen Community Resource Cent

Happinings on his facebooke page : Skellig Soul and Steel


  We had our Launch at CAMOS on the evening of Friday 4th, a lovely warm atmosphere was enjoyed by local and visiting followers along with passers by, who dropped in  to see what was going on.

Roots 18 Launch Opened by Colman Quirke Roots Supporter

After an introduction by Chair Richie MacCarthy, our festival was opened by one of our loyal supporters Colman Quirke, who has been supporting us from year one.

                  During the evening Colman Presented a very special award, " The Mountain Roots Contribution to Music Award" To our recipient Séan Garvey.

Roots 18 Launch: Presentation oF The Mountain Roots Contribution to Music Colman Quirke  opening this Year's Roots above pic.. and presenting the Mountain Roots " contribution to Music Award to Sean Garvey

Seán has recently returned to live in Cahersiveen and performed at the Across The County Bounds Concert. He has many many followers, local, county and worldwide who enjoy his wonderful unique style as much as we do. The award was created by local craftsman Brian O Sullivan of Hillgrove Porcelian  

      One again our night was enhanced by performances by our young talents

KDYS  whopopped in to say hallo and entertain us.

Roots 18 Launch. KDYS Performing with: tara Whittington, Daniel WhittingtoTara Whittington, Daniel Whittington and Sophie Daly Wilson in action durning the launch .


We were delighted to be joinded also by Our local Junior Scór Champion Ellen O Sullivan,  whose magical voice opened up our weekend with class. We wish you well Ellen and hope that you continue to enjoy your music

Roots 18 Launch with Ellen O Sullivan Local Scór winner  Ellen O Sullivan .. Scór Winner

      It was fantastic to Have Cahersiveen's own Tim Dennehy perform at the festival. He joined us for the launch and he was a great advocate for the message of our Roots weekend, as he supported and partook of concerts, sessions and gigs all over the weekend and was greatly appreciated Roots 2018 Tim Dennehy 

Tim Dennehy: Picture taken by Stephen Power at The Ardu Session at the Fertha


      Colm Breathnach joined us in song singing his own song about a local area and Colm also stayed the course of the weekend , performing at his own gig with John Tobin and attending many events over the weekend.

The open sessions really took off this year. Kicking off with two on Friday where some of the gang from the Dizzy Blues joined in with local musicians in Mick Murts to leave the place rocking to the rafters with combination of trad, rock and blues and other combarable genres.

  The Corner House was also buzzing with music and song. Our visiting performers from Mules and Men travelled from Dublin.. dropped their bags and joined in to our delight and so along with ourselves, Tim Dennhy, John Ongly, Kieran Sugrue, the fantastic Rodger from Dublin( I have yet to find our his surname), Linda O Mahony, Gerry Enright, Mary Kavanagh, Aidan with the spoons and of course Seamus Collins.

                                                                It was wonderful to be joined by so many locals and visitors at the start of our weekend so we were off to a good start!    Roots 18 Open Session at The Corner house with Land Lord Martin borrowing






            Landlord Martin borrowing  a mandolin to see what happens!




Saturday the 5th got us started early where we were once again Joined by Mules and Men to set us right for  the day. We  popped into see Seamus at the Office , who was doing great work over there and keeping an eye and ear on " Root's Happenings"!! ( Check him out on our Links Page.. well worth a visit)




    After lunch we headed to The Fertha ( congrats  to Alanna Kelliher on her recent Hospitality Award) We had a great open session there which was hosted by Ardú, namely Peter and Rosaleen Mullarkey and Selena O Connell. Richie and I joined in along with Mick Power, John Ongly, John Nyhan and  local and visiting music lovers. Many thanks to Stephen Power for the Photos .


  We had our Inaugural Across The County Bounds Concert on Saturday. It was great to meet people from all over the world at the event who came to hear performances from this part of our country .. Kerry, Cork and Limerick.. Namely John Spillane. Patrick Horgan and Ger wolfe to represent the Rebels (Cork), Mick Power and Larry de Cléir (The Shannon Siders  Limerick) and Seán Garvey, Tim Dennehy and Ardú from The Kingdom -  Kerry.

Mick Power was MC on the night and the evening was a magical one that has been recorded by our own Christy Riordan ( DVD will be available soon)


 The pubtrail was buzzing with visitors  who came for the music and locals who love the event... it was easy to pop around from gig to gig as the weather was great and the sessions were mighty see below slide show for who was where!!






Sunday the 6th was another lively day.. starting of with our music at mass where richie and I were joined by John Nyhan and Mick Power. We then headed over to Mick Murts after a check in with happenings at the Community centre where people were dropping by to have a chat about music, the weekend and happenings around Cahersiveen.

 Mules and Men were perfect for Mike Murts early Sunday afternoon and the atmosphere was fantastic as always... not to mention the music...

 After Lunch we headed back to The Fertha where Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs were absolutly on fire with The help of John Nyhan who did a great job on sound. it was great to see so many visitors at the gig and we hope you enjoyed it . Great to see children dancing and everyone having a wonderful Sunday afternoon.. Great food there too... had a chance for a bite to eat and it sure did the trick!!


   I needed the energy as we then headed to Mike Murts for Mac's Melting Pot Session... really enjoyed it as always and this open session has always been welcoming and lively .. thanks to John Whelan for his clip below and his lovely comments on his blog (



  From john Whelan's Blog: "We happened upon on Mountain Roots Music, marking its fifth year thanks to a handful of dedicated enthusiasts and it was a life saver. Great tunes in friendly, family run pubs by outfits such as Jimmy Bozeman & the Lazy Pigs, their songs rivalled only by the harmony of broad Kerry accents and mischievous humour." thanks John!

There are some lovely spots to enjoy food in cahersiveen along with the afore mentioned Camos and the Fertha, we also had music at The Old Oratory( check out links page with Patrick Horgan and Maurice Mcllwraith) early that evening

The pubtrail kicked off with the Dizzy Blues Band at the Ring of Kerry hotel, PaulEvans and Darragh Lynch played For Mike Murts Roots special, Franks had Music, The Fertha was rocking again with Hank Wedel and his band , Cha healys had live music and Craineens was on fir with Th John Nyhan roots special!

To celebrate out fifth year we had a late night gig with two Time Polka at the Ring of Kerry where I for one was happy to dance the night away along with Two Time Polka enthusiasts.....


Hope to see you all next year.... its already being planned!!!!

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