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Free Summer Youth Traditional Arts Concerts in Killarney

Spraoi Chiarraí is a Killarney based Irish Traditional Music, Song & Dance performance collective presenting the finest young local performers. They had great success over the last six summers. The first of this seasons concerts was on Saturday, June 11th at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Killarney. The talented Kelleher Family from Fossa, opened the proceedings followed by a fiddle duet Padraig Creedon from Glenflesk and his partner Catherine Carey from Kinsale along with Director/Producer Tim O’Shea on guitar and vocals. Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by Killarney Arts (Town Council) Main Sponsor, Kerry County Arts Office and Killarney Chamber of Commerce (print sponsor). These free Concerts will take place in two venues in the town.

There are 5 evenings (In Concert), at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland opposite the (Town Hall), 2 Open Air concerts (Trip to the Cottage) at Deenagh Lodge (opposite Killarney Cathedral), in the National Park. The concerts feature Fiddle, Irish Harp, Accordion, Flute & Whistle, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Harmonica, Bodhrán and Vocals as well as (Irish Dancing and Irish Storytelling outdoor only). All indoor concerts are at 8pm and outdoor performances are at 2pm. This year groups have also been asked to perform for the three days of Puck Fair in August and Killarney Summerfest. The shows are free so come along, families welcome. Bígí linn.

The aims of Spraoi Chiarraí are:

To showcase our local young Irish Traditional talent.
To mentor & provide a platform for young performers to experience a real concert high profile setting.
To hone their performance skills & work in a team with a sense of ownership of the gig.
To celebrate local traditional performance culture of the South West of Ireland.
To offer a free, quality, family, cultural experience for locals & visitors to Killarney over the summer months.
l To open new quality venues in Kerry for Irish Traditional Performance.
The In Concert programme features solo or duet of 20 mins of Harp or Uilleann pipes or song, a ten minute break and then a 3 piece traditional band. The Trip To The Cottage programme is usually outdoor and features a 3 piece band 8 young set dancers and a live storyteller (Seanchaí).
Be sure to catch the finest traditional performers for free.

Contact Tim O’Shea on 087-2814550 for further information.

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