2021 Masters of Tradition – Line-up

2021 Masters of Tradition – Line-up

  Tuesday 31 August 2021

We are delighted to announce that booking is now open for the 2021 Masters of Tradition which runs from 29 September to 17 November.

The eight concerts will be streamed on Our Concerts Live, a specialised streaming service and technology company that facilitates meaningful connections between artists, organisations and audiences through high-quality virtual artistic experiences.

The full programme can be found at ourconcerts.live/masters and on our Programme Page.

Booking tickets on ourconcerts.live/masters is very straightforward but in case you have questions, we have put together a list of potential queries and answers on our FAQ Page. Alternatively you can email the West Cork Music office on info@westcorkmusic.ie or festivals@westcorkmusic.ie

Best wishes,

The West Cork Music team

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Steve Cooney, Martin Hayes, David Power

6 October 2021

Christine Tobin, Phil Robson & Francesco Turrisi

13 October 2021

John Walsh, David Power & Marja Gaynor

20 October 2021

Derek Hickey, Doireann Ní Ghríofa & Steve Cooney

27 October 2021

Goodman Trio

3 November 2021

Neil Ó Lochlainn Group: Immram

10 November 2021

Martin Hayes, Cormac McCarthy & Brian Donnellan

17 November 2021



Masters of Tradition’s Artistic Director and one of the world’s leading fiddle players Martin Hayes is known for his soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music which are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. Here he returns to the intimate setting of Bantry House – the home of the annual Masters of Tradition – for an eagerly-anticipated performance with pianist Cormac McCarthy and concertina player Brian Donnellan.

“Since the pandemic started, I’ve formed a new relationship with some musicians although we’ve only played together once during lockdown. There’s a great Cork pianist by the name of Cormac McCarthy. He has a background in jazz and in classical music but grew up in a family of Irish traditional musicians so has a deep knowledge and understanding of it. Brian Donnellan is a concertina and bouzouki player from Co. Clare. He’s the grandson of Francie Donnellan who founded the Tulla Céilí Band with my father in 1946 so he knows all the music of East Clare, all the swing, all the grooves, all the rhythm. I thoroughly enjoy playing with him. We have put together a selection of music which we are bringing to you from the library of Bantry House.” Martin Hayes


Concert Broadcasts

Each concert will premiere twice: first in Irish Standard Time (GMT +1) and then again in US/Eastern Time. Concerts will be available to view on demand for a period of 48-hours following the North American broadcast.

European Broadcast: 8:00pm Irish Standard Time (GMT + 1)
North American Broadcast: 8:00pm ET / US


Further information

OurConcerts.live is a specialized streaming service and technology company that facilitates meaningful connections between artists, organisations and audiences through high-quality virtual artistic experiences. OurConcerts.live works with presenters and producers to provide a fully-configurable, secure platform that allows performers to share their art from almost any setting — whether from home, a studio, or a venue with a professional, multi-camera crew.

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Masters of Tradition is generously supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council.

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