A SET IN SLIABH LUACHRA
Sliabh Luachra is almost a fictional place, in English it means Rushy Mountain and a small area of that name which is a bit of hilly bog land is identifiable on a map, but somehow Sliabh Luachra ( pronounced Shleeve Lookra) is more a musical state of mind. The music has it’s own unique character, the repertoire is distinct and the music is deceptively simple and infectious.
If you ever come to Ireland and are looking for the place it lies somewhere between the counties of Cork, Limerick and Kerry, you’ll find the music in Killarney, Castleisland, Castlemaine and Macroom, if it has an epicentre maybe it’s in Scartaglen or for a more reliable meeting with the tunes try Dan O’Connell’s pub in Knocknagree on the Cork side of the SL triangle. If you’d like to sample the music google or yahoo for the band Sliabh Notes.
Here a Kerry polka is being danced while the accordion player pumps out the tunes, this was taken in Limerick the northern edge of this murky musical area.