Members of the Brosna Comhaltas CCE pictured at the launch of the festival Picture: JDM Photography
BECAUSE music recognises no borders, scores of Limerick people are expected to cross the into Kerry this weekend for the Con Curtin Festival in Brosna. Now in its 16th year, the festival is named for one of Brosna’s best known musicians, the legendary fiddler, Con Curtin who died in 2009.
But his music and his love of music live on through the three-day festival in his native place. The festival opens this Friday with a top class traditional concert featuring renowned group Téada, joined by West Kerry legend Seamus Begley..Also taking part will be the Crossfields Ceili band, the current under 18 All Ireland Ceili band champions and storyteller Tom Herlihy.
Saturday will begin with a range of music workshops for accordion, flute, concertina, banjo and fiddle. And this year sees a very special singing workshop lead by Seamus Begley to be held in the Woodview Bar. Registration for the workshops starts at 10.30.
The Open Accordion Competition takes place at 3.30pm and is open to all ages. Entry to the competition is only €15 with the winner receiving the Aeneas O’Connell Memorial Cup plus €400 in prize money. There is also a runner’s up prize.
The fiddle will come into its own on Saturday evening when a fiddle recital takes place in 'The Sportsfield' Bar, starting at 5pm. The traditional Mass follows later in the evening.
Sunday is a great family day with busking competitions for under 11, under 15 and over 15 starting at 1.30pm. The Con Curtin Memorial Cup will be presented to the winners of the Senior Category. This will be followed by an open air session which will take place in the square and is open to everyone to join in before the mighty Stríolan Ceili band raise the roof at the ceilí commencing in the Parish Hall at 3pm.
A pub trail including the best of traditional music runs all across the weekend.