The ISK Arts week in 2013 will commence on the 22 November 2013. This year the school will host a renowned Traditional Group  from the  Sliabh Luachra tradition on Friday 22 November and pianist Nikolay Khozyainov on Monday 25 November. Both concerts will begin at 8pm and Tickets €15 / €8 and can be booked on Tel. 066 9761246. This concert is promoted by Music Network and Killorglin Arts Festival.

Music Network presents PAUDIE O’CONNOR, AOIFE NÍ CHAOIMH, MICK O’BRIEN and Nell Ní Chróinín, at Intermediate School, Killorglin, on Friday 22nd November.


“Paudie O’Connor keeps the memory of old Sliabh Luachra masters alive not by copying or imitating them but by respecting them through his own understanding, appreciation, and unique talent.” Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo


Don’t miss this dream concert that brings together the dazzling talents of some of the country’s finest traditional musicians to the Intermediate School, Killorglin, on Friday 22nd November at 8pm. Join accordion player Paudie O’Connor, fiddler Aoife Ní Chaoimh, uilleann piper Mick O’Brien and sean-nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín in what promises to be an atmospheric and unforgettable concert of Irish music and songs including dance music of Sliabh Luachra, slow airs, achingly beautiful lullabies and macaronic mash-ups.


Born in Ballyhar, Co. Kerry, Paudie O’Connor is a box player well grounded in his local Sliabh Luachra tradition as well as being a nationally recognised performer. He learned much of his music during his childhood from local heroes such as Johnny O Leary, Denis McMahon, Anne and Nicky McAulliffe and Jimmy Doyle. Such influences are reflected in both the style and repertoire of his acclaimed 2005 CD release, Different State, a collection of dance music and slow airs from the Sliabh Luachra and Munster tradition. The album was listed in The Irish Times best five albums of 2005. Paudie’s music also featured on the album, The County Bounds, a 1999 Ossian Records production featuring a compilation of music from the Cork-Kerry Border including contributions from Johnny O Leary, Jackie Daly and Peadar O’Riada. In 2008 Paudie released the album Wind and Reeds with ex-Riverdance uilleann piper John O’Brien and Jim Murray on guitar.


For this concert, Paudie is joined by his wife Aoife Ní Chaoimh, a fiddle player from Tralee, Co. Kerry. Aoife learned her music from local teachers Anne and Nicky McAulliffe. She plays a style very much in sync with the Sliabh Luachra tradition and contributes much to the unique settings and rhythm that typifies their duet playing. She has been featured on numerous TV and radio programmes including The Liberty Hall Late Session (RTÉ) and Geantraí (TG4).


Mick O’Brien is one of our best-loved uilleann pipers, performing regularly as a solo artist, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and with the Norwegian groups Vamp, Hanne Krogh, and Secret Garden. His first solo album The May Morning Dew (1996) was received with great critical acclaim and his duo album with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Kitty Lie Over (2003) has since become a classic. In 2011 he released a second album with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh called, Deadly Buzz/Aoibhinn Crónán. He comes from a great Dublin musical family, and now his own children are becoming fine performers in their own right. 


Hailing from Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of northwest Cork, Nell Ní Chróinín became the youngest ever recipient of the TG4 Singer of the Year award in 2012. Her singing is very much a product of her environment and heritage with its mix of the infectiously light-hearted and more serious songs. Nell has appeared on many television programmes such as Geantraí, Anam an Amhrán, Amhrán is ansa liom and Cérbh í?; the latter featured her as a presenter setting out on a quest to uncover the legacy of the legendary Bess Cronin.





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“So loud was the ovation [for Khozyainov] after his playing of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto that it must have been depressing for any other competitor within earshot.” The Irish Times


“Khozyainov proved himself master of the keyboard with playing that not only reached the heart of the score but also overcame its technical hurdles in a glittering display of virtuosity.” The Irish Independent


Prepare to be blown away by the scintillating talents of the current winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition, Nikolay Khozyainov, whose awesome technique and unique musicality made such a huge impression on critics and audiences alike. Don’t miss the chance to hear this young lion of the keyboard in full flow in the Intermediate School, Killorglin, Co. Kerry on Monday 25th November at 8pm as he performs works by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Martin O’Leary. Tickets priced €15 / €8 are can be booked by calling 066 9761246. This concert provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 475 0224 or


Irish concert-goers are still talking about the spellbinding technique and supreme artistry displayed by Nikolay Khozyainov while winning last year’s Dublin International Piano Competition.


Hailing from Blagoveshchensk, in the Russian Far East, the 21-year old is one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. Winner of numerous awards, Khozyainov has already made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall and has appeared in concert with the Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestras while touring Europe, Asia and the USA.


Don’t be fooled by the shock of blond curls, the boyish charm or the swarm of Facebook fans – here is a performer capable of great maturity and sensitivity, who can convey the freewheeling, rhapsodic intensity of the great Romantic composers to dazzling effect. Prepare to be wowed!




Joseph Haydn: Sonata No.34 in D Major, Hob XVI: 33

Frédéric Chopin: 12 Etudes op.10


Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata no.1 in D Minor op. 28

Martin O’Leary: Blue Toccata

Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no.1





Music Network Presents

Nikolay Khozyainov, solo piano (Russia)


For further information and photographs, please contact:

Elizabeth Brosnan, Killorglin Arts Festival: (087) 6175087 or


Louise Walsh, PR & Marketing Manager, Music Network: (01) 475 0224 or (087) 649 0818 or