What's in Store for Roots '19

 We look forward to our 6th annual Mountain Roots music weekend here in Cahersiveen

Along with the performers and guests in the line up below, we will have a mix of Open sessions around the town over the "Roots". We will also have our meeting space to provide you with all of the info about the weekend along with information about local interests, amenities.. accomodation, restaurants and  workshops. 

Lobby Lights

New to The Roots This will take place at Lobby of The Skellig Star Hotel on Saturday afternoon from 1pm

The relaxed intimate setting is perfect for our showcase wherin we will enjoy a variety of talents to include Kieran Sugrue, David Marriott, Cathal Cusack ,Sunny MacHinis , Martin Barrett, Mick Power, Richie Mac Carthy, Paul Evans, Céline Kavanagh MacCarthy


A great place to come and enjoy live interactive and inclustive Music.. Throughout the town on Friday night and all over the weekend..... wall to wall Roots abounds in Cahersiveen!

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Live at the Kerry Coast Hotel at 23.00 Sun May 5th

Award winning Irish group Two Time Polka play a fiery mixture of Cajun, Bluegrass and rock ’n roll music. They are not unknown to spice up their live performances with flavours such as tangos, east European tunes and a handful of politically insightful original songs. 

With five albums to their credit, Two Time Polka has proven popular with radio stations receiving both national and international airplay. In 2005 they toured the US which led to the release of a compilation CD there.

In 2011 Two Time Polka were winners in the Best Musical Act category, awarded to them by AOIFE, the governing body of festivals in Ireland.

In recent years the band have played numerous festival abroad including such prestigious festivals as: Glastonbury (UK), Omagh Bluegrass Festival (UK), Folkest (Italy), Skagen International Folk Festival (Denmark), Zydecozity International Cajun & Zydeco Festival (Netherlands), Paulusfeesten, Ostende, Ham Folk Festival, Deerlijk Folk Festival and Gentse Feesten (Belgium). 

On the home front Two Time Polka have played many festival including: - Waterford Spraoi International Street Arts festival, Cork Folk Festival, Cork Jazz Festival and a show stopping set at Irelands premier festival The Electric Picnic.


From Pana to Louisiana (1999)

About Time Two (2004)

The Very Best of Two Time Polka (2005)

All Roots (2008)

Fourth Time Round (2012)

New Road (2016)

Workshops and instrument Makers at the Roots Sat 11am to 1pm


Delighted to welcome Mitch Dephew who will be at the Community Centre in Sat May 5th with a Worksop on Old Time Fiddle boing aimed at intermediate to advanced musicians fro 11am no cover set (donation welcome for Mitch)

Also we are delighted to have Great news for Cahirsiveen Mountain Roots- Paul Evans of Siveen Mandolins and visiting Musician David Prat will be exhibiting are hand crafted mandolins , bouzoukis and banjos at the comunity center from 11 am to 2pm saturday during the roots weekend .. come along and see for yourself 

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Dizzy Blues Band

 It will be great to have these guys back. They will be live and rocking it out at Mick Murts on Saturday night and in The Fertha on Sunday at 3.45pm



The band formed in 1989 in Cork City, Ireland. Gigs in all corners of Ireland, tours of UK, Holland, Spain, France and albums followed. The latest release 'Time Is The Ruler' was greeted with critical acclaim in 2010. These days The Dizzies are the house band of the Lee Delta Blues Club which convenes every Thursday night at the Corner House, Coburg St, Cork. The current repertoire is built around the writing of singer/lead guitarist Pat Horgan. Here's a link to a recent live performance featuring some new songs






Cork Singers Club    In Residence at Keatings Corner House Cahersiveen


 This will be a must for Roots Enthusiasts . With pure class and Authenticity these ardent promoters of unaccompanied singing will be ensconced in The Corner House .The local bell will ring for the song and we cannot wait.

Drop in and see who else will call catch this very special group of people who will no doubt be joined by local renowned singers  and lovers of the magic of The Song... an t-amhrán. Jim Walsh will be Fear an Tí.. Jim is well appreciated within the Irish Folk Scene. He is much respected for his commitment and his pivitol Role in the Cork Folk festival




Jeff Scroggins & The Scroggdogs

We are absolutly delighted to welcome back Jeff Scroggins to the Roots. Jeff and his band the Scroggdogs will be performing at the back of The Kerry Coast Hotel from 9.45pm........Really looking forward to this one. Jeff will be coming on friday and will join in on Open sessions .. you can also catch him at the Credit union Meet and greet on Saturday morning!

 The Band is:

Jeff Scroggins - banjo

Scott Gates - mandolin

Yoseff Tucker - Guitar

Jan Purat - Fiddle

Zach Sharpe - Bass

For info on Jeff Scroggins check out:





Hank Wedel

Hank is returning to Cahersiveen.. Back by popular demand.. Hank is pure committed to the cause.. The Real Deal ....and we are delighted that he includes us in his busy Schedule. Hank will perform at The Skellig Star Hotel on Sunday Nightat 21.30

From Music lee "

"Singer-songwriter Hank Wedel was born in the USA in the ‘60s, grew up in NYC and Mallow, Co. Cork in the ‘70s, lived for awhile in NYC in the ’80s and ’90s but is based in Cork City…

He is well known for his involvement in the live music scene in that city, and, in the past with bands such as”Princes Street” and “Open Kitchen”, as well as a long-standing Monday night residencyat Charlies Bar with mandolinst Ray Barron…Hank has also performed with Irish music legends Kila, Declan Sinnott, Shane McGowan and Bono.

Irish folk-singer legend Christy Moore recorded Hank’s song “Listen” and made it the title track of his best-selling 2009 album on Sony records…

In 2012, Hank released a single entitled “Mighty Fine” written and performed by Hank Wedel produced in Dublin by Larry Hogan“Mighty Fine” was Hank’s first ever release on iTunes. It made it to No. 4 on the Irish iTunes singles charts within two weeks of release."



Mules & Men

Mules & Men

Looking forward to the return of this fantastic group. You can catch them at the Skellig Star Hotel on Saturday night at 20.30 and in Mike Murts on Sunday Afternoon at 1pm

"Biography....Mules & Men are an Irish four piece band. Bound
together by a shared love of folk and bluegrass, Mules and Men have
been reinterpreting these classic sounds into a unique and
contemporary style of their own, drawing on influences that are wide
ranging. With three part harmonies, blazing string playing , and
inspired original material, this band has been bringing audiences to a standstill all over the country.

The band are currently in the finishing
stages of a debut album "Looking Sideways", set for release in Summer 2018.





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Ger Wolfe

Delighted to have Ger on Board for ROOTS '19

   Catch him at The LobbyLights at The Skellig Star Hotel on Saturday at 17.00 but keep your eyes and ears open around the town over the weekend.. as you could catch up with Ger and his music anywhere!!

From Ger's Wesite"I write and sing songs about Life in all its twists and turns, light and shade, Joy and sorrow, loss and gain. I travel to sing and play my songs and tunes far and wide and I’ve done this since I was a teenager, busking in Cork and Galway as a kid. Now I play in theatres, Folk Clubs and other venues that support live music, run by some of the superheroes of the live music scene.

I love my Alhambra nylon-strung Spanish guitar and my new steel-strung Portuguese Fado guitar. That and my ould Guarnerius-copy Violin I bought off Jim O’Halloran in Carrigaline in 1991 and my Les Paul copy Epiphone electric guitar with the mellow fender valve amp. I love playing music and I love singing even more. You can’t move in our house without tripping over a mandolin or a piano, a harmonica or a banjo.

I’ve released 8 albums of my songs – my first “Word & Rhyme” (1998), followed by ‘Ragged Ground’ (2000), ‘Heaven Paints Her Holy Mantle Blue’ (2002) and ‘The Velvet Earth’ (2005). ‘No Bird Sang’ (2009), ‘Fréamh ; Root’ (20011) and  ‘I Have Been Loved’ (2014). Myself  and The New Skylarks have been working away here night and day  for years!

Our  newest C.D.  is ‘ Ger Wolfe and The New Skylark’s Melody Bright and The Favourite Sparrow’ and I hope it  sounds  brightly in your room.

Press Release

Ger Wolfe is a modern day troubadour, a singer, a songwriter and a poet who weaves beautiful melody around his word and rhyme, always delivered with a gorgeous voice and that totally unique finger-picking guitar style.

He specialises in crafting songs that will make you wonder in awe at the beauty and the sadness of Life in almost equal measure, yet always tipping the balance towards an overpowering sense of Hope and Joy.

He has toured extensively in Ireland and in the U.K. both as a solo artist and with various combinations of his band ‘The New Skylarks’ over the last twenty years.

In concert sometimes with ‘The New Skylarks’, often featuring drummer Martin Leahy, Violinist Edel Sullivan and Double-bass player Paul Frost, the music becomes ever-more mesmerising.

Ger has released eight full albums worth of his own songs, the latest “Ger Wolfe & The New Skylark’s Melody Bright & The Favourite Sparrow” – a compilation of work from some of the previous CDs and a new song in his latest single ‘Love is in the Lost and Found’.

As popular as ever on  National radio, Ger’s song ‘The Curra Road’ has found  its way into the hearts of many singers and listeners alike but this New album promises to show people the wide variety of his work with The Skylarks that might have slipped under the radar.

The album features special guest appearances from a stellar cast including Karan Casey, Fiona Kelleher, Kevin Murphy, John Spillane, Annette Buckley and many more. Ger is a gentle singer and songwriter in a million with a musical gift worth paying attention to-simple medicine for a complicated world.


David Prat & Mitch Depew

 All the way from Spain.. wings are spreading for Cahersiveen Roots... these guys are instrument makers as well as musicians and a workshop or two might be in store along with some great music.. Catch them at The Skellig Star Hotel from  18.30 on Saturday 4th and at The Oratory on  Sunday evening at 7.30pm


“Mitch Depew and David Prat are the Iberian Peninsula's strongest proponents of old time music. Mitch from New Jersey has been spending time learning fiddle and banjo from old Recordings and current masters on his yearly trips around United States, while David has been playing and building banjos at his home in Catalonia for years, focusing on how to get that good old time sound out of the instrument. David and Mitch plays old time in it's most traditional form - fiddle and banjo,


All the way from Dublin.. Catch these guys Saturday night at the Fertha and Sunday night in Craineens

Whistle play mostly Americana-style music with a mix of our own original songs and a diverse
catalogue of covers. We specialise in multi-part vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, violin, bass,
cajon, harmonica and mandolin, with accordion and more. Our influences range from Ricky
Skaggs through Flatt & Scruggs to Johnny Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lumineers, Crosby
Stills & Nash, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, the Avett Brothers and many more
– we hope those names mean something to you, but there's something for everyone in there.

We have been together over 10 years now, playing in various venues all around Dublin and the
rest of the country including Electric Picnic, Dunmore East and Le Cheile festivals amongst many
You can see and hear us online at the social media links below and our recent release OOTB is
available on all major streaming platforms.




Seán Garvey

Seán Garvey

Over a weekend that this year will highlight the value of An t-Amhrán... and fine music be sure and look our for Seán. We are delighted that he will be around and here to enhance our weekend

From An Góilín Song Project "Seán is from Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, and has long been considered as one of Ireland's finest traditional singers, singing in both Irish and English.  He is also a highly accomplished player of guitar, flute and tenor-banjo. He has two solo CD releases to his name; Ón dTalamh Amach: Out of the Ground and The Bonny Bunch of Roses."

Tim Dennehy

 Tim will be back this year to partake in and support what will be a great weekend for the enthusiast of the " Song"

  Watch out for him over the weekend as we are glad to enjoy his support and encouragement.

From an Góilín song Project "Tim Dennehy was born in Ballinskelligs, the family later moving to nearby Cahersiveen in Co Kerry. He was one of the founder members of the Góilín club. Both his parents sang and were inheritors of a huge store of songs and stories in the Irish language. Tim's mother, Nora Kelly from Cill Rialaig, had developed the custom of constantly singing as she went about her daily chores and this left an indelible mark. He spent a number of years working in Dublin and then moved to Co Clare. Tim still regularly visits the Góilín club and was very a supportive force in bringing this project to fruition.


The ATM Band


live at The Fertha Sunday night

Tony Davis trio’s eclectic set covers several decades of music. Vintage hits from the Beatles or the Kinks are blended with the unusual such as Crash Test Dummies or Terence Trent D'Arby.


The band are loved for their very tight, accurately played set. Tony Davis has worked with Freddie White, Moving Hearts etc. Lead guitarist Alan Murray and bassist Mick Collins are well known on the West Cork scene having played with Noel Redding former musician with Jimi Hendrix

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Mick Power joins us from County Limerick.. a good friend and supporter of the roots weekend and live music performance..He is a versatile and multitalented musician and plays a wide range of instruments and material

Come and meet him for yourself and you will see what we mean!


Eileen Healy & Herman Bailey


Delighted to have on board these  musicians who are very well known in the Cork music scene. Eileen is a member of many bands and plays regularly in trad sessions as a fiddler and singer.She also tours Germany with duo, Broom Bessums. Herman is a singer/guitarist who delivers fine versions of songs from Bob  Dylan,Neil Young,Van Morrison and more.

Catch them at the Haven at 10pm on Saturday May 5th

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