There are many talented local people who can come and entertain you at Westcove for an evening.
Music Music has always been a major part of Irish tradition and local pubs often have live music sessions,
especially during the summer.... however we can now offer our guests a selection of tailor-made musical evenings at Westcove,
ideal for larger groups and special occasions...Weekdays are preferable, and you can either contact Bernie and/or Pat directly
or we can book them for you.
Storyteller Storytelling is one of the oldest traditions in Ireland and in ancient times some of the greatest exponents of it came from the Westcove area.
Today the tradition is being preserved by one of Ireland's best loved storytellers, Batt Burns from nearby Sneem.
If neither Bernie not Pat are available there are many other excellent musicians around. Katherine will be
happy to discuss these with you.
Nature Living locally, we have Vincent Hyland, one of Ireland's best known natural history
personalities. He is a multi award winning natural history filmmaker, publisher, producer and director and has appeared on BBC, UTV
including TV3, RTE and TG4. He has contributed to programs such as BBC's Coast, RTE's Living the Wildlife as well as having a segment
on RTE's Nationwide about his wildlife illustrations and paintings.
He is qualified in natural sciences is a fully licensed passenger boat skipper and emergency first responder. He is a 32 year scuba
diving and underwater filmmaker expert. He has travelled extensively, filming in places such as Antarctica and Galapagos, Africa and along the
Atlantic Shores of Ireland. He has made 5 films including Puffins of Skellig Michael - the first iBook textbook for ipads. His short films have
been officially selected for screening at the North Sea, Seattle and San Francisco Irish reels film festivals. He lives in Caherdaniel with his
partner and their three year old son. See here for information on Vincent's talks.
Also local, John and Kerryann Fitzgerald run Seaweed Workshops from their base
in Caherdaniel: Their love of nature and all things marine has lead them to focus on seaweed which they have been harvesting,
eating and experimenting with for many years. Kerryann uses her culinary skills to create delicious dishes from hand harvested
local seaweeds. Click here to see what they can offer at Westcove. Contact John on 086 1062110
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music has always been a major part of Irish tradition and local pubs often have live music sessions, especially during the summer.... however we can now offer our guests a selection of tailor-made musical evenings at Westcove, ideal for larger groups and special occasions...Weekdays are preferable, and you can either contact Bernie and/or Pat directly or we can book them for you.
If neither Bernie not Pat are available there are many other excellent musicians around. Katherine will be happy to discuss these with you.
Music and Dancing with Bernie.
Over the years, Bernadette Kennedy has inspired many Westcove visitors of all ages to take to the floor... Her expertise and infectious enthusiasm guarantees everyone — even the most hesitant — can perform a series of Irish "Set Dances" in no time at all! During well earned breaks, Bernie, herself an accomplished cellist and four or five other musicians, will entertain you with traditional Irish music.
You may choose one of the following options (both will take place in The Games room in The Stables and last for 2 - 2½ hours.)
A dance session with a group of musicians will cost €300.00
A dance session with recorded Irish music will cost €150.00
Please note Bernie prefers to be paid in cash on the day.
To find out more about Bernie, also an acclaimed local artist visit http://www.bernadettekennedy.ie.
Listen to — and "sing-along-with" — Pat and friends.
We are lucky to have some exceptionally talented musicians based in the area...Patrick Waters specialises in playing all types of music from Irish ballads, traditional Irish music, to the contemporary classics... He has performed all over Ireland, but given a bit of notice, is happy to spend an evening entertaining our guests at Westcove House... His extensive repertoire ranges from old classics...("The Mountains of Mourne", "Rocky Road to Dublin", and James Taylor's "You've got a friend") to contemporary material such as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan etc. His main instruments are guitar and bouzouki... and he is happy to let anyone in the audience play or "sing along" with him. (There is an electronic keyboard in the house which all are welcome to use)
In addition Pat performs a specially written concert, "1916 Signatories" in honour of the seven signatories to the Irish Proclaimation. This is a concert in word and song that pays tribute to seven individuals who hold a unique place in Irish history. It consists of a short insight into the personal life of each man followed by an original song for each signatory.
Please check their website http://www.1916signatories.com for more information.
For an evening performance with Patrick Waters alone the fee is €160.00
Any additional musicians will incur a further charge of €80.00 per musician.
For a performance of the concert "1916 Signatories" the fee is €400.00
An Evening with Tradish
Tradish are a local group consisting of Wally Desmond (flutes, whistles, Irish Pipes, Mandolin and Guitar), Vincent Hyland (Guitar and Vocals)
and Aoife Desmond (Fiddle and Vocals). They play all types of music, including Irish Traditional, Irish Ballads, classic Acoustic Rock, American and
Irish Folk/Country to Jazz and Blues. Songs include the classic Luke Kelly 'The Ould Triangle', Irish Traditional music sets such
as 'Morrissons', Eurythmics "Here comes the rain" to Bill Withers "Ain't no Sunshine". When available
they are joined by special guests including singers and instrumentalists. They love nothing more than people joining in. So if
you feel like playing or singing the stage is yours... The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Tradish are one
of the bands that perform in the local pub, The Blind Piper.
Tradish can be watched here...
For an evening performance with Tradish the fee is €210.00
Any additional musicians will incur a further charge of €70.00 per musician.
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Batt Burns experienced the seanchai tradition at first hand when he lived with his grandfather in the Hills of South Kerry.
A schoolteacher by profession he became a full time professional teller in 1994 and since then has travelled all over America to Irish clubs,
College campuses, Storytelling festivals as well as Irish Fests at Milwaukee, Cleveland and Dublin. Ohio. He has performed at The Kennedy Centre In Washington DC on three occasions and travelled to Masterston, New Zealand some years ago.
In spite of the excitement of travel he is never more happy than spinning yarns, sharing anecdotes, snippets of folklore and reciting poetry close to home.
As you sit by a peat-fire in Westcove house he will transport you back in imagination to Ancient Ireland where you will sup with kings and queens, hear
haunting ghost stories and be fascinated by hero tales and adventures.
Batt is also a successful author, his book "The King With Horses' Ears and Other Irish Folktales " won a major award in the USA in 2010 when it was
considered the best collection of folktales for young readers by The Storytelling World magazine.
Title of Presentation: Whisperings of Ireland
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes.
Batt hosts several tours of Ireland during the summer months and is in high demand at Irish venues of entertainment. Early booking is very advisable. To find out more, visit
his web site http://www.battburns.com.
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A 1½ hour wildlife talk with Vincent.
Content will cover whale, dolphins and marine life of Kenmare Bay with a film showing the best of this.
This talk would take place in the Games room at Westcove. Props and a large HD TV are included. It would be an excellent last minute alternative to one of the outdoor options below, should the weather on the day prove unsuitable.
The cost is €100 per group.
Seaweed Walks and Feasts
To find out more about John and Kerryann Fitzgerald have a look at their web
site, www.atlanticirishseaweed.comand click here to see what they can offer at Westcove. Contact John on 086 1062110
or email email@example.com
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