Spraoi Chiarraí July 2014 Programme
Last month we took a look at Spraoi Chiarraí’s concerts for the month of June and now we’re back for July as they continue with their summer long programme of musical performances. In case you missed that post, Spraoi Chiarraí is a musical collective based in Killarney which helps discover and nurture the finest young traditional musicians in the local area. Each summer they organise a series of live musical performances to showcase their talent and to promote traditional Irish culture and music. This is their 10th summer organising these concerts and they have grown rapidly in popularity since their inception in 2004.
The month of July will see two seperate performances from Spraoi Chiarraí. On next Saturday the 12th of July they will be performing in Deenagh Lodge in Killarney National Park. Deenagh Lodge is the small cottage located just within the entrance to the Demesne which is directly opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral. A variety of instruments will feature in the performance including Irish harps, fiddles, flutes, harmonicas, guitars and uileann pipes. In addition to the music there will be storytelling and Irish dancing to round off the traditional experience. That all kicks off at 2pm so if you’re around Killarney next Saturday afternoon you could do a lot worse than checking out Spraoi Chiarraí in action.
Their second performance for July will be taking place in St Mary’s Church of Ireland (which is the church opposite the Plaza at the foot of Main Street) on Saturday the 19th July. As this is an indoor concert there will be no storytelling or Irish dancing but you’re guaranteed a more intimate musical experience. The church has proved a very regal backdrop to the music and these performances have proved very popular among tourists. It all kicks off at 8pm.
Both of these performances are totally free of charge so whether you’re new to Irish music or a traditional music aficionado you have absolutely no excuse not to check out one of them. There are posters up around the town so keep an eye out for them for any updated information.