World class talent at TradFest in Temple Bar this week

by Padraig Conlon

Temple Bar will be alive with the sound of bodhrans and fiddles this weekend for one of the country’s unmissable music events.

TradFest, Ireland’s largest festival of trad, folk, and world music, started yesterday (Wednesday 23rd) and promises five days of world class talent in the city.

Since starting out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival it has grown immensely in size and musical range.

Tradfest offers music lovers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to City Hall, making it one of the city’s most unmissable events.

As will as the gigs, guests will have the opportunity to take a songwriting workshop with Eleanor McEvoy, explore Sean-Nos singing in a workshop with Oonagh McArdle, catch the premieres of two new documentaries about Irish musicians – Slan leis an gCeol and Starboard Home.

The festival will also include an evening in celebration of Ronnie Drew, The Dubliners and others performed in story and song by Phelim Drew.

Tradfest should get Dublin city centre hopping and help banish those dreaded winter blues!

Speaking ahead of this year’s festival, Martin Harte of The Temple Bar Company who run TradFest said: “The 2019 lineup is one of our most iconic yet, with a strong international lineup.

It features the likes of multi Grammy Award-winner Kathy Mattea, evergreen folk superstars Steeleye Span and Iberian piper Carlos Nunez, whilst celebrating the cream of established Irish talent including Eleanor McEvoy, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn, all the while supporting emerging artists through our headline programme and our showcasing events.

“As usual, the festival strives to ensure that there is a strong female presence across the program.

“We are also delighted to expand and increase the hugely popular front row sessions with more concerts, more days and more fun than ever before”.

Tradfest runs until Sunday, January 27.

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