MASTERS of Tradition music festival begins in Bantry on Wednesday, August 22nd and continues until Sunday, August 26th.
Artistic director Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare, will be joined at the opening concert on Wednesday at the Maritime Hotel by longtime collaborator Dennis Cahill, harpist Tríona Marshall, mandolin player Marla Fibish and sean nós dancer Stephanie Keane.
Navá, the Irish/Iranian foursome who explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia, will be in Bantry House at 7.30pm on Saturday 25th. along with Cormac Begley on concertina.
Another highlight is Martin Hayes in conversation with the Oscar-winning actor and West Cork resident Jeremy Irons, where they will discuss influences, music, performance, presence and the similarities between music and acting. This much anticipated event will take place on Sunday August 26th at 3.30pm in The Maritime Hotel.
Over the five days of the festival there will also be performances and collaborations from sean nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín, uilleann piper David Power, multi instrumentalist Eamon O’Leary, guitarist Steve Cooney, the transatlantic folk duo The Murphy Beds, the poet David Whyte and concertina player Cormac Begley.
Pauline Scanlon and Karan Casey will host a discussion and perform on Thursday, August 23rd in Ma Murphy’s Pub. Discussing the legacy of composer and arranger Sean O’Riada, his son Peadar O’Riada, will also be in Ma Murphy’s Pub on Friday, 24th and Peadar will perform that evening in Bantry House.
There are multiple ‘secret’ concerts around the Bantry Bay throughout the week, including on Whiddy Bay, Future Forests in Kealkil and at St Brendan’s School Hall.