Masters of Tradition 23 - 27 August 2017

We can now announce the programme for the 2017 Masters of Tradition which runs from 23 - 27 August.

The printed programme will  be available shortly but in the meantime, you will find full programme details below.

If you would like to book for any of these concerts, please ring the West Cork Music office on +353 (0) 27 52788 or go to

martin hayes

Wednesday 23 August
Maritime Hotel, Bantry

Martin Hayes [fiddle]
Dennis Cahill [guitar]
Kate Ellis [cello]
Colin Dunne [dancer]

Tickets: €40/€25

'The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet ... A remarkable artiste, the only one of his type.' Sunday Independent, Ireland

'For Colin Dunne-one-time Riverdance performer- tradition is something to be carefully maintained... But that doesn't mean he can't deconstruct step dancing and put it together again in his own inimitable fashion.'  
The Irish Times

Thursday 24 August
St. Brendan's Church, Bantry
John Flanagan [singer]
John Carty [fiddle]
Mary MacNamara [concertina]
Sorcha Costello [fiddle]
Tickets: €32/€22/€15

'Carty's playing is fascinating - an uncanny ability for a seemingly endless spinning out of subtle variations.'  Celtic Grooves

'MacNamara and Costello play with a singular vision.  Every track is a delight and The Lady's Cup of Tea is an outstanding album.  The musicianship is top notch, the selection extremely tasteful, and it's just a joy to listen to.' Dan Neely, The Irish Echo


Friday 25 August
Bantry House

Steve Cooney [guitar]

Mick O'Brien [uilleann pipes]
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh [fiddle, hardanger]
Iarla Ó Lionáird [singer]
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin [piano]
Tickets: € 38 (superseats)/€33/€23/€15

'[Caoimhin O Raghallaigh is] the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad '  Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo

'The overall impression exuded by Ó Lionáird is one of effortlessly natural musicality, the music flowing cleanly through him like water off a mountain rivulet.' Paul O'Connor, The Journal of Music

Bantry House
Slow Moving Clouds [trio]

Tickets: €16

'a perfect mix of the earthy and the ethereal' Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times

'... crosses over into "third stream" territory ... synthesizing disparate source material into something ambitious and new.' Dan Neely, Irish Echo
'This instrumental blend is rich and dark-toned, intense and atmospheric...'  Living Tradition

Saturday 26 August
Bantry House

Máire Ní Chéileachair [singer]    
Len Graham [singer]
Jack Lynch [storyteller]
Cathal Hayden [fiddle, banjo]
Seamie O'Dowd [guitar]
Stephen Hayden [fiddle]
Tickets: € 38 (superseats)/€33/€23/€15

'Len Graham, another of the great naturals. The rich, grainy voice and fluid, unhurried style bring a reassuring quality of warmth to the songs, and creates the sense of total empathy between the musician and his material.' The Guardian

'Jack Lynch: A magical world of nods, winks and dry subtle witticisms ... the match of anything for sheer imagination and vitality.' Hot Press
'Cathal exhibits that lightness of touch, the soars and swoops and delicate little harmonies which characterise his playing.' Geoff Wallis, Musical Traditions

Bantry House

Neil Ó Loclainn's Cuar
Neil Ó Loclainn [double bass, flute]
Aoife Ní Bhríain [fiddle]
Matthew Berrill [clarinets]

Tickets: €16

'Three young musicians - rooted in the Irish tradition but with open minds and generous frames of reference that embrace everything from south Indian classical to minimalism to downtown jazz - are finding their way over new terrain... it's a long-awaited, ear-craningly beautiful missive from the new post-genre frontier.' Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
'Neil Ó Loclainn's Cuar is redefining the possibilities of Irish traditional music and taking it-roots and branches-into haunting, imaginatively fertile new terrain." Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
'Each tune was celebrated in glorious technicolour thanks to the jagged-edged beauty of the musicianship.'  The Irish Times (on Aoife Ní Bhriain's Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts)

Sunday 27 August
Bantry House

Martin Hayes [fiddle]   
Dennis Cahill [guitar]
& friends

Tickets: €48 (superseats)/€42/€32/€19

'Zen-like simplicity to reels and jigs; subtle, jazz-tinged guitar-it's pure, spare and intense.' Time Out, New York

'In the decades to come, we'll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane.' The Irish Times

To book for Masters of Tradition, please ring the West Cork Music office on +353 (0) 27 52788 or go to

Masters of Tradition is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Failte Ireland, RTÉ Lyric fm, UCC, Bord na Móna, Supervalu and Forás Éireann.