- 23 Jan 18
TradFest, Dublin's annual toe-tapping musical extravaganza returns tomorrow with lunchtime and evening shows as well as an exciting programme for children and families.
TradFest 2018, Ireland's largest festival of trad, folk and world music, takes place from Wednesday 24th Jan – Sunday 28th Jan, with a wealth of talent to showcase.
The headline gigs will include the likes of Martha Wainwright, Big Country, Judy Collins, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill / Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer / Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbo/ I Draw Slow, Téada with Séamus Begley, Blazin’ Fiddles & Frankie Gavin, Alan Stivell, The Oh Hello’s, Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh/ Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Shirley Collins, Steve Wickham, This Is How We Fly, Wallis Bird, The 4 of Us, Jack O’Rourke / Sound of the Sirens, Kaia Kater, Laoise Kelly, Maria Doyle Kennedy, David Power & Tríona Marshall, Pierre Bensusan, Brian Kennedy, Tara Breen, The Mulcahy Family & The O’Brien Family, Tom Doorley, The New Folk with Ailbhe Reddy, Ciara Sidine & Karrie, Tim Edey, Jarlath Henderson Band, Aoife Scott and some of our most notable female artists, The Dhol Foundation, Socks in the Frying Pan and many more.
This year TradFest also pays a musical Tribute to the legendary Eamonn Campbell (The Dubliners). All proceeds from the concert at St Michan’s Church will go to Coolmine, a charity dedicated to overcoming addiction.
The Front Row Sessions are also back. A unique event featuring some of the very best in trad and folk music, in the intimate setting of the pubs on Temple Bar. A chance to see the very best acts up close and personal (Free but advance booking is vital, ticket numbers are limited). Artists will include The Dublin Legends, The Fureys, Stocktons Wing, The Kilkennys, JP & The Seeger Sessions Band, Paddy Casey and In Tua Nua.
TradFest continues to be the place to see new and emerging talent as well as many of the biggest names in the world of Trad and Folk music. Audiences can have a chance to see some of the brightest new talent today in the free Live at the Hub series taking place on Thurs 25th & Fri 26th Jan at the Old Storehouse in Crown Alley. Live at the Hub is a collaboration with Milwaukee Irish Fest and gives emerging talent a vital chance to be seen by music programmers, agents and managers who travel to Ireland for the festival. This year among those taking part will be Sonnets & Sisters, LemonCello, Kern, Junior Brother, Boxing Banjo and Strung.
TradFringe will see the screening of The Irish Or The Memory of A People from Robert Manthoulis, which provides a record of Irish traditional music in 1971 at the height of its popularity in Ireland and worldwide.
As usual, venues will include many historical and iconic buildings including City Hall, Dublin Castle, House Of Lords, St Michan’s Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, and for the first time this year, Whelans and Rathfarnham Castle.
Tickets are now on sale. For more information or to book tickets see: tradfest.ie
Headline concerts day to day details:
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Big Country (Wed 24th 8.30pm)
Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill / Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny (Thurs 25th Jan 8.30pm)
Judy Collins (Fri 26th Jan 8.30pm)
Martha Wainwright (Sat 27th Jan 8.30pm)
Lady Chapel St Patrick’s Cathedral
The Secret Song Circle, presented by Aoife Scott and some of our most notable female artists (Sun 28th Jan 5pm)
Dublin City Hall
Tom Doorley (Wed 24th Jan 1pm)
The Mulcahy Family & The O’Brien Family (Wed 24th Jan 8pm)
Tara Breen (Thurs 25th Jan 1pm)
Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh/ Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (Thurs 25th Jan 8pm)
David Power & Tríona Marshall (Fri 26th Jan 1pm)
Pierre Bensusan (Fri 26th Jan 8pm)
Dublin Castle – Print Works
Alan Stivell (Fri 26th Jan 8.30pm)
TradFest Gala Night: Téada with Séamus Begley, Blazin’ Fiddles & Frankie Gavin (Sat 27th Jan 8.30pm)
TradFest Folk Gala : Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer / Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbo/ I Draw Slow (Sun 28th Jan 8.30pm)
St Werburgh’s Church
Radiant Arcadia featuring Aoife Scott (Wed 24th Jan 8.30pm)
Jack O’Rourke / Sound of the Sirens (Thurs 25th Jan 8.30pm)
Kaia Kater (Fri 26th Jan 8.30pm)
Laoise Kelly (Sat 27th Jan 1pm)
Maria Doyle Kennedy (Sat 27th Jan 8.30pm)
Tim Edey (Sun 28th Jan 1pm)
The New Folk with Ailbhe Reddy, Ciara Sidine & Karrie (Sun 28th Jan 6pm)
St Michan’s Church
Eamonn Campbell – A Musical Tribute (Wed 24th Jan 8.30pm)
Jarlath Henderson Band (Thurs 25th Jan 8.30pm)
Steve Wickham (Friday 26th Jan 8.30pm )
Shirley Collins (Sat 27th Jan 8.30pm)
This Is How We Fly (Sunday 28th Jan 8.30pm)
Wallis Bird (Wed 24th Jan 8.30pm)
The 4 of Us (Thursday 25th Jan 8.30pm)
The Dhol Foundation (Friday 26th Jan 8.30pm)
The Oh Hello’s (Saturday 27th Jan 8.30pm)
Brian Kennedy (Saturday 27th Jan 4pm)
From the Front with Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Eamonn Galldubh - The Experience and Reflections of Francis Ledwidge, (Saturday 27th Jan 8pm)
Socks In The Frying Pan (Fri 26th – 10.15am & 12.15pm, Sat 27th Jan 2pm & 4pm)
Zoe Conway and John McIntyre, Early Years Concert (Sun 28th Jan, 10.30am & 12pm)
Full line up and details: tradfest.ie