- 20 Mar 01
Piper BRIAN McNAMARA is set to reinvigorate Leitrim s musical tradition. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG
Music, like fashion, eventually comes full circle. In recent times Leitrim might have been the poor relation in terms of population, profile and downright sex appeal, (remember the late Kevin Marron s jibe that he phoned Leitrim and they were all out?), but her pedigree as a county of superb traditional music was never in doubt. Leitrim s fiddling style has been copied and kidnapped by so many musicians that it s a wonder it s managed to retain anything of its geographical identity. But it has, and now it s re-entering centre-stage, courtesy of a batallion of consummate local musicians, hell bent on playing their music well beyond the bounds of the county.