Ahead of next week’s Temple Bar TradFest, which takes place from 22 to the 26 January, a look back to this day in 1988 when 'The Pure Drop' broadcast a performance by Sharon Shannon and Paul O’Shaughnessy playing a set of reels.

Recorded in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry, James Kelly introduces the final performance of the show featuring Sharon Shannon on accordion and Paul O’Shaughnessy on fiddle.

'The Pure Drop' is described by the RTÉ Guide in 1988 as, "A nine part traditional music series featuring the best solo instrumentalists playing in Ireland today and occasionally featuring small groups." Presenter James Kelly is a renowned fiddle player. The extract shown here is from the second programme in the series and was recorded in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry in 1987.

The programme was first broadcast on 14 January 1988.

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Sharon Shannon 1988
Sharon Shannon, 1988