Music from the Heart

Celtic party in Kurim (Clan Hannigan and Sliotar)

The courtyard of Kurim castle hosts a Celtic party every July. Even though the weather can be tricky, it always attracts a community of people who are ready for a great craic.

We could say the Irish weather was brought along with the music this year. It was raining during the whole performance of Clan Hannigan, a family band from Canada, whom some of you may remember from previous years as they played in Czech Republic eight years ago under the name Cairdeas. Clan Hannigan consists of Steafan Hannigan, originally from Belfast, Saskia Tomkins from England and their teenage children Oisín, Eile and Ayisha. From the first tunes the audience is immediately taken to Emerald Isle and even forget about the rain. When the girls came to sing a song and later show a little bit of Irish dancing, the evening almost couldn't get better.

You may call it the wonder of music but as soon as Sliotar took the stage, the rain stopped. The band has been coming to Czech Republic for many years and they were delighted to be back. They respect the traditions of Irish music but play it their own way at the same time. The result is catchy and hard not to dance to. The crowd was enchanted immediately and began to dance, sing along and danced the night away. A night you wish to continue to the early hours of the next day.
JP Kallio is the singer, master of acoustic guitar and author of most of the songs, Ray MacCormack's voice in the heartfelt songs deeply touches your soul, his whistles and pipes are essential for Sliotar's sound. And last but not least, Des Gorevan's drums complete the sound. Once you see these guys live, you don't wanna miss next chance.

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