Celebrating the Legacy
of Captain Francis O’Neill
From 22nd to 25th August 2013, we’re celebrating the musical legacy of Chief O’Neill in Bantry with a traditional music festival to celebrate his achievements as a collector of traditional Irish music.
Our celebration of the music he helped to preserve will mark the centenary of O’Neill’s most famous book ‘Irish Minstrels and Musicians.’ Join us to celebrate O’Neill’s amazing legacy as we bring the best contemporary musicians to West Cork for packed programme of concerts, workshops, sessions and fun here in Bantry.
Celebrating the Chief
As the famous ‘Chief’ of the Chicago police force, Captain O’Neill won fame and affection in America, but he never lost his love for the Irish music he had learnt as a child growing up in Tralibane near Bantry in West Cork.
Noticing that Chicago, with its large Irish population, was home to brilliant musicians from across Ireland, O’Neill set about building a unique collection of the tunes they played: a songbook for the musicians of the future.
Chief O’Neill set about the task of collecting traditional tunes from Irish musicians in Chicago, and publishing them in an impressive series of books which are still in print today. In the process, O’Neill helped to safeguard the future of traditional Irish music on both sides of the Atlantic.
In Chicago, and in West Cork, his memory has been kept alive over the last century, and we’re delighted that our festival will bring his important legacy to an even wider audience in the year of The Gathering.
Help us to honour his achievements by coming to Bantry for the inaugural Chief O’Neill Traditional Music Festival this summer. We’ve got an exciting programme of events planned for you!