The Stunning will play at The Button Factory on Saturday, January 30 at 8.30pm. Tickets are €25.99.

THIS month get your toes-a-tapping at a specially commissioned series of gigs and events as part of TradFest Temple Bar 2016 on January 27-31.
This year’s festival is packed with headline concerts, presenting the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists in iconic Dublin venues, free concerts in intimate settings featuring five of the very best in Irish music, up close and personal, and a music trail which will allow festival goers to explore daily music sessions throughout the great pubs of Temple Bar.
Some of the great acts lined up this year include The Fureys, Foster and Allen, Gilbert O’Sullivan, The Whileaways, The Young Folk, Dougie McClean and more.
To mark the centenary year there will also be a number of 1916 themed events at St Michan’s Church including: 1916: Visionaries and their Words on Saturday, January 30, photo exhibition, Dublin Burning on Sunday, January 31, and at City Hall there will be a musical performance entitled A Requiem for 1916 on January 31.
Other niche aspects of the programme include Tradfringe, which is a taste trail of exhibitions, film-screenings, workshops, masterclasses and much more, and Tradkids, TradTastic Fun for all the Family; with a trad farm, family concerts, children’s club, children’s trad sessions and lots more.
As part of Tradkids, there will be a range of events designed especially for children and families on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 at The Ark. The venue will be the family hub for TradFest with events for ages two to 12 and their families and friends.
Events will allow the kids to explore the world of trad, join in an open trad session, or try their hand at a new instrument or traditional crafts.
According to organisers, the festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, which was a first for Dublin.
“We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings the festival has gone from strength to strength. The past decade has seen the festival grow in terms of size, ambition and musical breadth, with a line-up that now appeals to the purist and the merely curious alike,” they said.
They added that the festival had evolved over the years and now also features artists from the worlds of folk, nu-folk, and even rock-and-roll.
“We invite you to join us, to feel every note. This is more than just trad, we call it radical trad,” they said.
For more information and a full programme of events, visit