‘For the Music that Moves Us’ TradFest Temple Bar 2023

by Gazette Reporter
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Ireland’s largest trad and folk music festival invites audiences to experience extraordinary live music in the historic and atmospheric setting of Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter, across the city and now for the first time expanding into picturesque Fingal. Trad everywhere you go, from the city to the coast!

Showcasing the best of established and emerging musical talent since 2005, this joyful celebration of culture is reimagining and redefining Irish music and bringing it to growing Irish and international audiences. This year TradFest Temple Bar is reaching further across Dublin city & County with performances in a range of venues including The National Stadium, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Pepper Canister Church, GPO Museum, The Button Factory and The Grand Social. And for the first time the festival will extend its reach into historic Fingal with weekend performances in Swords Castle Chapel & The Great Hall at Malahide Castle. 

In 2023, TradFest Temple Bar will celebrate the Mná na hÉireannfeaturing a number of female led and curated Trad and Folk performances.  TradFest aims to greatly increase women’s participation across the festival programme, building balanced representation in terms of pure numbers.  The festival also continues to welcome new voices and works in ways to increase accessibility and diversity across the programme and in trad and folk. 

As well as the fantastic music on offer, audiences can also enjoy film screenings in the IFI, family fun in The Ark, an opportunity to trace your family history at the Family History Centre and explore Epic, The Irish Emigration Museum.

Celebrating its 18th year TradFest Temple Bar has programmed an incredible lineup of trad and folk for 2023.  Audiences will get to see old festival friends returning in 2023 as well as performers making their TradFest Temple Bar debut.

Leading Irish women fiddlers from Sí Fiddlers (from left) Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Aisling Byrne, Denise Boyle, Tara Conoghan, Roisin Harrigan and Clare Friel performing and dancing on the rooftop of Central Bank Plaza to mark the launch of TradFest Temple Bar 2023, which will run from 25-29 January. Photo Mark Stedman

Below are just a few highlights to help whet your appetite!

Wednesday 25 January

Sorcha Costello 1pm Collins Barracks

Matt Molloy & Seán Keane 7.30pm Pepper Canister Church

Women of Note with Aoife Scott and Friends 7pm St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Thursday 26 January

Conor Connolly 1pm Collins Barracks

Dani Larkin 7.00pm Castle Hall

Lisa Lambe 7.30pm Pepper Canister Church

Dublin Pride Trad Night 8:30pm The Button Factory

JigJam 8.30pm The Grand Social

Dervish Presents the Great Irish Song Book with special guests 7.30pm The National Stadium

Eimear Quinn 7pm St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Friday 27 January

Aisling Lyons 1pm Collins Barracks

Katie Theasby 7:00pm Castle Hall

Word Up Collective Presents cbakl:seanfhocail 8:30pm The Button Factory

Féile Kíla 7.30pm The National Stadium

Kate Rusby 7pm St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Saturday 28 January

Aidan Connolly 1pm Collins Barracks

Lorcán MacMathúna, Paradise Lost – 1pm Pepper Canister Church

Frankie Gavin & Catherine McHugh – 1pm Chapel at Swords Castle

Martin & Eliza Carthy 4pm Pepper Canister Church

Navá 7:00pm Castle Hall

Iarla Ó Lionáird 7.30pm Pepper Canister Church

Moxie 8:30pm The Grand Social

Imbolg – The Women of Trad with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, T with the Maggies, Si Fiddlers, Brídín and more 7:30pm The National Stadium

Judy Collins/ Blánid 7pm St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Saíocht featuring Stephen Rea, Felispeaks Louise & Michelle Mulcahy and Neil Martin 4pm –Chapel at swords castle

Sunday 29 January

Niamh Regan-1pm The Great Hall, Malahide Castle

The Ocelots 2pm Pepper Canister Church

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh 6pm Pepper Canister Church

Saíocht featuring Stephen Rea, Felispeaks Louise & Michelle Mulcahy and Neil Martin 4pm –The Banquet Hall Malahide Castle

Tickets on sale now tradfesttemplebar.com

Photos Mark Stedman

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