Des Carty Sessions 2010

This year sees the 7th annual Des Carty Sessions, with events taking place in Saggart, Rathcoole, Celbridge and Tallaght. The week’s events kick off on Wednesday 20th October with the regular Man of the House Session hosted by Tom Moran taking place in The Poitín Stil, Rathcoole. Tom will be joined by special guests Ed Harper and Mick Mullen.

Informal sessions will again remain an integral part of the festival from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th in the designated Festival Club at St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart from 10pm til late. Thursday 21st sees the official opening recital and festival launch at 8pm in Celbridge Library with music from singer Seán Garvey and The Niall Toner Band. Earlier that day there will be a recital by local musicians and festival guests for staff and participants in the Four Districts Day Care Centre, Rathcoole.

Fiddle player and collector Máire Garvey passed away in 2009, and a celebration of her life and work will be held in Citywest Hotel, Saggart, on Friday 22nd at 8pm, with music from friends and family, including contributions from Josephine Keegan, Mick Shannon and Liam O’Connor.

On Saturday afternoon there will be recitals by local musicians in Tallaght Hospital. That night Sessions regular Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, vocals) returns for an evening of American and Irish music and song in St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart. He will be joined on the evening by renowned musician Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, fiddle, harmonica, vocals) and Dubliner Liam Kennedy on mandolin and fiddle. Rick and Seamie form two-thirds of the trio The Unwanted. Along with Dervish singer Cathy Jordan, their album Music Of The Atlantic Fringe was selected by Hot Press as one of the top ten albums of 2009.

Sunday 24th opens with workshops by Ed Deane (guitar) and Gerry O’Connor (fiddle) in Saggart Heritage and Arts Centre from 1.30 – 6pm. Sunday afternoon also offers the ever popular céilí at 3pm in St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart. Later that night the main concert takes place in the same venue and promises to afford an evening of great entertainment. Performers will include Charlie Piggott, widely regarded as one of the most influential accordian players in the country; Ed Deane, regular fixture on the Irish blues scene, on acoustic blues and slide guitar; Gerry O’Connor on fiddle, songs by Fintan Vallely, Peter Browne on uilleann pipes and Pauline Fayne, poet. Finbar Boyle will be MC on the evening.

Monday 25th will see the Ragpickers’ Ball Session, the final session of the festival featuring many of the week’s performers playing alongside local musicians. This will take place in St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart.

Full Schedule:


Des Carty Sessions 2010

Wednesday 20th 9pm Man of the House Session
Regular session hosted by local banjo player Tom Moran with special guests Ed Harper and Mick Mullen.
Admission – free.The Poitin Stil, Rathcoole

Thursday 21st 2pm Recital
Seán Garvey and local musicians perform for members of the Four Districts Day Care Centre.
Four Districts Day Care Centre, Rathcoole

Thursday 21st 8pm Official Opening Recital
Music from Sean Garvey and The Niall Toner Band.
Admission – free.
Celbridge Library

Friday 22nd 8pm A celebration of the life & music of Maire Garvey
This year we celebrate the life and work of fiddle player and collector Maire Garvey. Maire grew up in Co. Roscommon and learned how to play the fiddle at a young age. She is best known as a respected collector of Irish traditional music, as well as an historian and music historian. She has written and produced five books, documenting the music and history of the Connaught/Ulster region in particular. Her daughter Ita lives, plays and teaches music in the Rathcoole area, and is organising this commemoration, in association with Alternative Entertainments. Musicians on the night will include Josephine Keegan, Sean Garvey, Dan Healy, Mick Shannon, Paul Kelly, Tom Moran, Porky, Sean O’Chostaile, Kevin O’Connor, John Ryan, Mick, Donal & Liam O’Connor, Tom Moran, Ciaran O’Reilly, musicians from Hughes’ pub, Vincent McGrath, Peter Horan & the Garvey family.
Admission – €10
Citywest Hotel, Saggart

Saturday 23rd 1pm Recital
Local musicians perform a lunchtime recital in the atrium of The Adelaide & Meath Hospital.
Admission – free.
The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght

Saturday 23rd 8pm Recital
An evening of American and Irish music and song with Rick Epping, Seamie O’Dowd and Liam Kennedy.
Admission – €8
St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart

Sunday 24th 1.30 – 6pm
Workshops: with Ed Deane (guitar) and Gerry O’Connor (fiddle). €30
Saggart Heritage & Arts Centre

Sunday 24th 3pm
Céilí
The Glenside Ceili Band provide the music for an afternoon of set dancing organised by the St Mary’s Set Dancers.
Admission – €10
St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart

Sunday 24th 8pm Main Concert
Charlie Piggott (accordion), Ed Deane (guitar, voice), Gerry O’Connor (fiddle), Fintan Vallely (voice), Peter Browne (uilleann pipes) and Pauline Fayne (poet). MC – Finbar Boyle.
Admission – €12
St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart

Monday 25th 9pm
Ragpickers’ Ball Session
Final session of the festival featuring many of the week’s performers, including Pat Good, Dave Cassidy, Jimmy Cahill, Tadhg O’Sullivan and Noel Kennedy, playing alongside local musicians. St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart

Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th 10pm – late
Festival Club
Round off the evening with a few tunes and a drink with the festival’s artists in a relaxed, informal session.St Mary’s GAA Club, Saggart

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