Pádraig O’Keeffe

Pádraig O’Keeffe (Irish: Pádraig Ó Caoimh) (1887 – 1963) was born and lived in Glountane Cross near Castleisland, Kerry. He is regarded by many as the towering figure of Sliabh Luachra music, as he was one of the only area musicians of his generation to have been recorded, and throughout his life as a travelling music teacher had countless pupils, many of whom became renowned in their own right. He therefore defines the Sliabh Luachra style to a large degree.

 

Learned from: Cal O’Callaghan, Margaret (Callaghan) O’Keeffe, William Fitzgerald, Corney Drew

Taught: Denis Murphy, Julia (Murphy) Clifford, Bridgie (Murphy) Kelliher, Johnny O’Leary, Jack “The Lighthouse” O’Connell, John Clifford, Mick Buckley, Paddy Cronin, Johnny Cronin, Jerry McCarthy, Andrew “Sonny” Riordan, Mike Duggan, Paddy Jones, Jim O’Keeffe, Terence “Cuz” Teahan, John Spillane, Annie Twiss, Maida Sugrue, Brian O’Connor, Pats Connell, Dan O’Connor, Sean B. O’Leary, John Collins, Willy O’Connell

Recordings:

Padraig O'Keeffe The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master 300 Kerry Fiddles 300

More resources:

An extended biography written by Peter Browne

Hear snippets of field recordings of Pádraig

A collection of his manuscripts

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