Tradfest, FingalFringe – the music is going to rock the county this week!

by Rose Barrett
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This week will see ‘FingalFringe’ kick off, an integral part of Tradfest 2024, writes Rose Barrett.

To run from Wednesday next, January 24 to Sunday 28, Tradfest 2023 was a resounding success and once again, FCC is collaborating with festival producers TASCQ CLG ((traders in the area supporting the cultural quarter CLG).

And music lovers are promed an expanded programme this year, hosted in the best of Fingal’s art centres, historic buildings,  iconic venues and community locations. There are more concerts, the inaugural addition FingalFringe means even more of Fingal will come alive to the sound of trad music and in a venue near you!

Stellar artists and venues

Venues include Malahide Castle, Swords Castle, Skerries Mills, the Millbank Theatre, and Draíocht Arts Centre. The festival will also feature intimate evenings at the Seamus Ennis Centre with renowned artists Ralph McTell and Janis Ian. The pinnacle of the festival will be the premiere of “Ocean Child” at St Patrick’s Hall in Donabate. This newly commissioned musical narrative, composed by Neil features Stephen Rea, Neil Martin and his West Ocean String Quartet, and Louise and Michelle Mulcahy, is based on the tragic tale of the RMS Tayleur.

Gibneys – Tradisfaction

The FingalFringe kicks off with a screening of “It’s a Fine Thing to Sing” at the Seamus Ennis Centre, followed by a performance by the local Rush group, Tradisfaction, at Gibney’s in Malahide on Wednesday, January 24, at 9.30pm. The Backroom Sessions at the Wren’s Nest in the Strawberry Beds are set to captivate audiences on Thursday, January 25. Families can also enjoy a family céilí and children’s instrument workshops at the Seamus Ennis Centre.

Friday, it’s “The Beermats” at The Summit Inn and “The Dara Rua Session” at the Abbey Tavern in Howth. Additionally, Pat Watchorn will perform at the Bracken Court, Balbriggan. Saturday will feature “Dabilla” at the Cock Tavern in Swords and “Hawthorn Door” at Keelings in Donabate. On Sunday, there will be a record fair and singing session at the Seamus Ennis Centre, along with an exciting session at the Brook Portrane and the Wren’s Nest.

For Tradfest in Fingal details see; see FingalFringe events at; follow all the event updates on FCC’s social media platforms.

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