Ó Maonlaí agrees to community gig

Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí headlines the Winter Music Festival in Ballincollig, Co Cork.

One of the country’s top musicians will bring music into healthcare settings as part of a major music festival in Cork next week.

Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaoí, who is among the headline acts at this year’s Ballincollig Winter Music Festival, has agreed to a special performance with the Music In Community (MIC) initiative, established by festival founder Joe Carey, as part of the five-day event.

Mr Carey, who runs the White Horse venue in Ballincollig, home to the Winter Music Festival for the last five years, set up MIC with musician Joe Philpott and Cork Youth Orchestra chairman Adrian O’Mahony to bring music into the community.

He said he was delighted that Ó Maonlaí will gig with them in the town’s Westgate Foundation and Headway, which supports with people with acquired brain injury, over the weekend.

“Through Music in Community, our aim is to use music to combat disadvantage among the young, the old and the socially disadvantaged, and to encourage their greater integration and social inclusion within the local community,” he said.

He has another impressive list of top national and international acts lined up to perform at this year’s Winter Music Festival, which kicks off upstairs in the White Horse next Thursday.

Chieftain Matt Molloy, with John Carty and Arty McGlynn, Liam Ó Maonlaí, fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes, and guitar genius Steve Cooney, and award-winning singer-songwriter Cathy Davey, are among some 70 musicians who will perform across the weekend.

Laoise Kelly and Tiarnán Ó’Duinnchinn will perform a special afternoon concert on the Sunday with Cór Chúil Aodha and The Four Star Trio, with the Hothouse Flowers’ special guest Drew Holcomb bringing the headline concerts to a close on the Sunday night.

The festival has grown over the years to become one of the top events in the country’s music calendar.

It has been praised for its educational and community focus, and this year’s event will also feature workshops, masterclasses, presentations and MIC projects.

  • Full line-up details and booking information is available on www.whitehorse.ie.


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