When Mick Hanly came to perform at Crocanoir over 3 years ago, John and Monika Bermingham had no idea that the one off occasion would blossom into a series of concerts.
A steady stream of music lovers began to trickle down the boreen as word spread about the intimate theatre at the foot of Sliabh Na Mban.
The venue has attracted many well known musicians from Ireland and abroad and all have been captivated by the â€˜unexpected treasureâ€™ that is Crocanoir.
Whenever anyone is asked who their favourite performer has been the name Colum Sands is always to the top of the list.
And he returns on Friday, October 26.
Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
He has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and often humorous details of life.
In 2000, his first book, â€œBetween the Earth and the Skyâ€ was published and its pages, like Columâ€™s stage performances, contain a combination of songs and stories which, to quote one critic, â€œ...view the world with balanced, non tribalistic humanity, breaking down all kinds of barriers and leaving behind an optimism and appreciation of the power of the human spirit over adversity.â€ The book is beautifully illustrated by watercolorist Colum McEvoy. Between touring and recording, countless other performers have been introduced to the air waves through Columâ€™s work as a presenter of BBC Radio Ulsterâ€™s Folk club programme, he has also broadcast a series of programmes for BBC Radio 2 and has compiled and presented a series RTE Radio called â€œRootin Aboutâ€™.
The concert is sure to be another classic and the captive audience will be in the palm of Colums hand from beginning to end and even for a while after.