Musician Willie Hillard, O’Connor’s Pub, Cloghane. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Donovan writes in his foreword to the recently published book of Ted Russell’s photographs of Bob Dylan in New York City during the early 60s that “It’s all about that great Celtic journey,” in describing the influence of ballads and music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, on American folk and country music.
Last night in O’Connor’s, a classic watering hole and guesthouse in the village of Cloghane in County Kerry, Ireland, evidence of Donovan’s statement was in full display at a “session” of musicians, singers, and dancers. Daniel O’Donnell, one of Irelands most popular singers, was in attendance along with a variety of traditional Irish musicians from the area. There was magic in the air and a good time was had by all.
Thanks to Micheal O’Dowd of O’Connor’s for his hospitality.
From left to right: Niall Moynihan on accordion, Majella and Daniel O’Donnell vocals, and John Staunton (guitar), O’Connors Pub, Cloghane. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
88-year-old Irish singer and local legend Frank Maunsell, Cloghane, Co. Kerry. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Bob Dylan performing at Gerde’s Folk City, New York 1961. © Ted Russell