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Kiskeam Brass Band gets set to rise again

posted Aug 21, 2015, 1:07 PM by Kiskeam Area
The trombone, trumpet and tuba are once again set to respond along the banks of the Araglen as a new generation of Kiskeam natives revive the golden era of Kiskeam Brass Band of yesteryear.

Organisers hope to recruit interested people who are willing to rehearse weekly with the aim of performing at 
culture events during the 1916 commemorations next year.

There is already great enthusiasm within the local community regarding the proposal and a meeting will be held in Kiskeam Community Centre next Monday at 8pm to further discuss the project. Member of Brass Bands from other areas will attend to offer advice and information. 

The original Kiskeam Brass Band evolved following the arrival of shoemaker Timothy Kiely to the village in 1895. Tim, who had been a member of the Millstreet Band, helped the Kiskeam group of musicians become a hugely popular Brass Band that played at numerous key events throughout Duhallow and beyond from around 1916 until the band petered out in the late 60s.

Some of the former members such as Maurice O' Keeffe and John Paddy Joe Murphy Murphy surely have wonderful tales to tell of the life and times of the Band in it's heyday.

Any would be musicians interested in joining the new Kiskeam Brass Band can contact Ann Marie O' Keeffe on 087-77421696 or John J Murphy on 086-8124479.

Taken from the Corkman