Maurice O'Keeffe's bio from the The Handed Down Sliabh Luachra Archive
Maurice O’Keeffe (1919-2017). Fiddler from Glounreagh, Kiskeam. Learned music from his mother, who played melodeon and concertina, and from fiddle master John Lenihan. Briefly played trombone in local marching band. Played fiddle in dancehalls, informally and as member of the Araglen Ceili Band, and also enjoyed pub sessions in Kiskeam, Knocknagree, Newmarket and elsewhere. In a tradition not short of larger-than-life characters, Maurice stood out for his geniality, wit and generosity. Great source of tunes and lore for other musicians (duly credited on recordings by Jackie Daly, Máire O’Keeffe, The Monks of the Screw and many others); recorded dozens of “kitchen tapes” which he sent to interested people all over Ireland and beyond. The Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Music Weekend began in Kiskeam in 2002 and still continues. Maurice was presented with the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Award at the 2007 Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival in Castleisland.