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Free Spraoi Chiarraí live concerts taking place this summer

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The first of the summer's free Spraoi Chiarraí concerts starts tomorrow (Saturday) at St Mary’s Church of Ireland.

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This Kerry based youth, Irish Folk and Traditional Music, song and dance, storytelling, mentorship, performance collective, presents the finest of young local talent offering them valuable rare exposure and experience, in two historic, high profile, concert settings. They have had great success over the last 17 summers.

Dates for the summer after tomorrow's 8pm performance include July 23, August 6 at 8pm, August 13 at 2pm, and August 24 and 27 at 8pm.

At the end of August, a concert will feature sisters Noleen and Grace Angland (Glenflesk) who start off with flute, fiddle and piano. Their mom is well known fiddler Martina O’Neill.

They will be joined by Tim O’Shea Director/Producer, himself a professional folk musician for decades. Two of the concerts are outdoor at the stunning Killarney House and Gardens.

Open to all, this family entertainment is sponsored this year by the Kerry County Council Arts Office Arts and Community Support Funds, Killarney Chamber of Commerce who made it possible and offer increased support and promotion, Kerry Gems Publishing (Advert Sponsor).

"There are four evenings “In Concert” at St Mary’s Church of Ireland opposite the Town Hall, one open air concert "round the house” for the third time at Killarney House opposite the cinema," Tim said.

"The concerts feature fiddle, Irish harp, accordion, flute and whistle, Irish Uilleann Pipes, guitar, harmonica, Bodhrán and vocals as well as Irish dancing and storytelling outdoors.

"All indoor concerts are at 8pm and outdoor performances are at 2pm."

This year the group have also been asked to perform again at Puck Fair in August.

"All shows are free so come along, families welcome. The aims of Spraoi ChiarraÍ are to showcase our local young Irish traditional talent, to mentor and provide a platform for young performers to experience a real concert in a high profile setting, to hone their performance skills and work in a team with a sense of ownership of the performance, to celebrate local traditional performance culture of the South West of Ireland, to offer a free, quality, family, cultural experience for locals and visitors to Killarney over the summer months and to open up new, quality venues in Kerry, for Irish traditional performance.

"Our “in concert" indoor show features a three piece traditional band," he said.

"Our “round the house” outdoor show features a three piece band, eight young set dancers and a live storyteller (Seanchai). Be sure to catch our finest traditional performers for free. Hope to see you there."

"We thank our sponsors, Kerry County Council Arts and Community Office, Kerry Gems and Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, St Mary’s Church of Ireland, and Killarney House & Gardens."

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