Michael Dwyer (1942-1997), painting by David White
WELLCOME TO THE OFFICAL SITE OF
THE MICHAEL DWYER FESTIVAL
The memory of Michael Dwyer’s music will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. His spirit will forever be present in the laughter and sounds in his native Beara each June, as music lovers make their way "for a tune"
2016 Michael Dwyer Music Festival
June 10th, 11th, 12th.
The Michael Dwyer festival committee wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the Dwyer family on the recent death of their beloved sister Margaret.
This will be the 18th year of our festival in Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork. We can promise an exciting programme of traditional music sessions and more intimate performances this year. One of the highlights is the launch of Amala's CD, resonance, in Allihies Mine Museum on Friday June 10th, followed by their gig at 9 pm in Jimmy's Bar. This newly formed duo consists of Paul de Grae and Reidun Schlesinger.
Amala is a newly-formed duo: Reidun Schlesinger (mainly harps, also flute, concertina) and Paul de Grae (guitars). We play music from several centuries, in original arrangements. The core of our repertoire is Irish: traditional Irish tunes, and music from the Irish harp repertoire; we also play tunes from various continental European countries, Renaissance and early classical pieces, some jazz, and our own (rather jazz-tinged) compositions.
Reidun is originally from Belgium and has lived in Kerry (south-west Ireland) for the past eight years; she has considerable experience of playing solo and in bands in Belgium, Germany and France, and recorded three CDs with the Belgian band Amorroma.
Also based in Kerry, Paul has played and recorded with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O'Connor, and the trio Smoky Chimney, among others; in 1989 he published "Traditional Irish Guitar", the first such tutor book.
We co-presented "From Chieftain's Court to Polka Sets: 500 Years of Harping in Kerry", a lecture/recital in the "Handed Down" series in Scartaglin Heritage Centre in Kerry, and we presented an expanded version as part of Na Píobairí Uilleann's "Notes and Narratives" series in their Dublin headquarters.
Our CD "resonance" is almost ready for release (part-funded by a Deis grant from the Arts Council of Ireland). Meanwhile, we have some demo tracks on Youtube:
We are very happy that the Dwyer brothers John and Richard will perform together in Allihies Mine Museum on Saturday 11th at 8.30 pm. Richard will also play in the Lighthouse Bar on Sunday June 12th at 7.00 pm.
Both John and Richard are acclaimed composers of traditional Irish music. Richard received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award in 2004 for composer of the year, John and Finbar Dwyer were joint winners in 2010 of the same award. Richard's tunes are part of the traditional repertoire in Ireland, America and the UK, his most well known reels are The Fox on the Town and Richard Dwyer's.
Richie Dwyer's CD
Since his retirement John travels the country, performing in sessions and concerts often with younger musicians who revere his music, including Lia Byrne, Siobhán Peoples and Edel Fox. John's reputation has now extended to music academia with Lia Byrne currently preparing a thesis about his compositions through Maynooth University. His most famous tune is perhaps the reel known simply as John Dwyer's.
See this link for more information about John's music
We are delighted that Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch will return to Allihies once again for a Saturday evening performance in Kevin O'Neill's Bar, and for a presentation/workshop on the music of the County Bounds (Sliabh Luachra) on Saturday at 5.30 pm in Allihies Mine Museum.
'Music from the County Bounds’. In this illustrated presentation, Jackie and Matt talk about their formative musical influences with particular reference to the Sliabh Luachra tradition, and also teach some tunes, particularly from its rich repertoire of slides and polkas. This workshop is not instrument-specific, and so participants who play any of the traditional melody instruments are welcome to attend. Also, anyone else who wishes to sit and listen is equally very welcome.
We welcome back Bryan O'Leary again this year, winner of the 2013 Gradam Ceoil Award for Young Musician of the Year. There will be a singing workshop with Tim Dennehy & Seán Garvey, and a Tin Whistle workshop with Mary Donegan, a cousin of the Dwyer's and member of Reel Women who will play on Saturday afternoon. There will be many more musicians, young and old, returning to Allihies or playing for the first time at this year's festival....John Coakley & Tina McLaughlin, Laura Ugur & Tony Trundle, Moya Fitzgerald & Liam Lyons of the Sin É Session, Cork Singers Club, Jimmy Crowley, Murphy's Men..... and the local musicians who keep music alive in Allihies all year round...see our programme for more information on gigs, concerts & workshops, wee hope to see you there!
See under events for information about the
with Tim Dennehy & Seán Garvey
on Saturday June 11th from 10 am to 11.30 am in Allihies Community Centre.
All welcome regardless of ability!
Tim Dennehy was born in Ballinskelligs and later the family moved to nearby Cahersiveen. Both his parents sang and were inheritors of a huge store of songs and stories in the Irish language. Tim's mother, Nora Kelly from Cill Rialaig, had developed the custom of constantly singing as she went about her daily chores and this left an indelible mark. These days Tim can be found teaching his class of twelve year olds in Ennis C.B.S. and is also part of a team of traditional and folk music presenters on Clare FM Radio. He continues to write poems and songs and is a regular contributor to various workshops and singing weekends throughout the country and abroad.
Sean Garvey is a traditional singer/musician from Cahersiveen. In 2006 Seán was awarded the most prestigious traditional music award, the TG4, Traditional Singer of the Year, and has been acknowledged by his peers as much as by his audiences, as being one of our finest exponents of traditional singing. The acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes says of Sean; "it is rare to see anybody perform with so much sincerity and authenticity. Seán believes what he sings and he makes you believe also".
We are also happy to have an art exhibition as part of the programme again this year. Bill Griffin will open his exhibition of oil paintings in Allihies Mine Museum on Friday June 10th at 6.00 pm. His work resonates in musical terms as it sings with colour and energy.
'Bill Griffin possesses both a freedom of spirit and an ability to paint directly from his subconscious.....Griffin's fierce power of observation.....feeds into his subconscious, producing the fantastical and wholly original imagery; but it is primarily his emotional response as an artist that informs the content of these bold and generous paintings.'
[(Kate McCormick, http://www.billgriffinart.com/about.php]
Morning Ride, oil on canvas, by Bill Griffin