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Spraoi Chiarraí to add extra beat to the summer

Tim O’Shea: Producer and director of Spraoi Chiarraí

THE popular Spraoi Chiarraí summertime entertainment programme returns this week and there will be regular, high-quality indoor and open air concerts – which are free of charge – between now and August.

The Kerry based Irish traditional music, song, dance and storytelling performance collective will present the finest young local Kerry talent and the project has been a great success over the last 14 summers.

The first of seven free concerts will be held on is this Saturday, June 8 at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Killarney at 8.00pm. It will feature Maighreád Ní Lúasa, from Cúl Aodg, Ballyvourney on accordion and her sister Caitriona Ní Lúasa on fiddle and they will be joined over the hour by Spraoi Chiarraí producer/director Tim O’Shea on guitar, vocals and bodhrán.

Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by Kerry County Council’s Arts Office, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Kerry Gems.

The series will feature five evening concerts  in St Mary’s Church of Ireland on June 8 and 22, July 20 and August 3 and 24, all at 8.00pm. There will be two outdoor concerts at Killarney House and Gardens on July 13 and August 17, both at 2.00pm.

The concerts feature fiddle, Irish harp, accordion, flute and whistle, uilleann pipes, guitar, harmonica, bodhrán and vocals as well as Irish dancing and storytelling.

The aims of Sraoi Chiarraí are to showcase young local talent, the mentor and to provide a platform for young performers and to hone their performance skills.

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