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18 November 2002 1st and foremost
we were all so very proud last Saturday night at the Cork Opera House, when Johnny's brother, PADDY KEENAN, was bestowed the great honour of "Traditional Musician of the Year" award from TG4. For those of you outside Ireland, TG4 is the national Irish language television station here. It is a very prestigious award for any musician and was broadcast on Sunday, 17th November. The highlight of the night was, of course, Paddy's appearance, but the night was truly brought to a climax when Paddy was accompanied onstage by Paddy's former BOTHY BAND bandmates: Micheal O'Domhnaill, Triona ni Dhomhnaill, Matt Molloy, Paddy Glackin..and standing in for Donal Lunny was Manus Lunny. Nobody could have wished for a better night!!!

Now, on to other great matters at hand...we are so happy to report that the 1st annual JOHNNY KEENAN BANJO FESTIVAL was a resounding success! Thousands of musicians and fans from all parts of the world desended upon Longford for a weekend absolutely full of music! In addition to the main stage concerts each night, music was ringing out of nearly every pub in Longford Town (and there are nearly 3 dozen pubs in the town!!!). Also, there was music in the Market Square, in the centre of town, both on Saturday & Sunday, and featured great local and international talents. If you weren't able to attend this year, don't fret! We've set the date for next year...26-28 SEPTEMBER 2003! So plan early - everyone is welcome in Longford! ...and in the meantime, there are some photos from this year's innaugral event on the BANJO FESTIVAL page!

10 July 2002   Final Festival Line-Up Complete
The lineup is complete - There are some new additions to the Banjo Festival lineup...we're delighted to now have DAVY SPILLANE & KEVIN GLACKIN, who will play in the Saturday night (28th Sept) concert. See the concert schedule, which you can link onto from the Banjo Festival page!!! ...oh, and by the way...the WORKSHOP registration page is complete and will be uploaded early next week...and concert tickets should be available soon. For those of you who will want the convenient WEEKEND passes, you'll be able to purchase them direct - available on the workshop registration page.
15 June 2002   Festival Line-Up Nearly Complete
Just added this week: TRIONA ni DHOMHNAILL, with MICHEAL O'DOMHNAILL & PADDY GLACKIN. Also, super banjo/fiddle player CATHAL HAYDEN...and finally, another great new addition is Maurice Lennon's Brian Boru show. We hear the recent sold-out show he did at the Glor Centre in Ennis was incredible!. Full list available on Banjo Festival page. Registration for the workshops should be started by next week, and tickets to the events will be available soon as well!
04 June 2002   Festival Updates
There are some new additions to the Banjo Festival lineup...including the very talented KIERAN GOSS! We've also got TOM HANWAY, banjo player extraordinaire from New York, who plays both Bluegrass, and Celtic music on 5-string banjo. There are also enhanced profiles on most of the tutors and performers...and don't forget to book your place for the workshops! BANJO FESTIVAL
27 May 2002   Festival Workshops
Click on to the Banjo Festival page...registration will soon begin for the Banjo workshops, so e-mail us now to reserve your place on your selected workhops! BANJO FESTIVAL
14 May 2002   New Photos
Check out some of the new photos on the PHOTOS page. More to be loaded soon. And don't forget to keep checking the BANJO FESTIVAL pages - there's so much happening! Feel free to e-mail any suggestions and/or comments you have...
02 May 2002   Banjo Festival
On the Banjo Festival page you will find an updated list of the perfomers and workshop tutors (a couple more to be confirmed soon!). Within the next couple of weeks we'll have detailed information on the workshops and by June the registration pages should be available.
29 April 2002   For information on Johnny
a full biog is on the "About Johnny" page. Likewise, background on the very talented KEENAN family is on the "Keenan Family" page. There will be some more photos uploaded this week, so please keep checking back! Tutors and performers are now listed on the Festival page, and soon we'll have further information. So, thank you for your patience. Your comments are welcome and we look forward to hearing from you.
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