Violin (1)This January, the venues and streets of Temple Bar will once again play host to one of the biggest traditional music and culture festivals in Ireland – Temple Bar TradFest. Since its inception in 2005, Temple Bar TradFest has grown in size, recognition and quality and is now a firm fixture on the national and international festival calendar attracting visitors from around the world.

Each year, the IMRO Showcases at Temple Bar TradFest aim to shine a light on the rising stars of traditional music in Ireland. In additon to the showcases, two legends of Irish music, Frankie Gavin and Johnny Duhan will deliver master classes in the intimate setting of the New Theatre. Book now to avoid dissappointment!

IMRO Music Master Class with Frankie Gavin
Saturday 25th January 11:00-13:00
Frankie Gavin is regarded as the Prince of fiddle players and of recent times, made the Guinness Book of World Records as the Fastest Fiddle player in the World. Frankie is the founder of De Dannan and has collaborated with such luminaries as Stephane Grappelli, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and The Rolling Stones.

IMRO Song Writing Master Class with Johnny Duhan
Saturday 25th January 14:00-16:00
Known for his fierce independence and integrity as an artist, Johnny has condensed a body of work spanning 40 years into a quartet of epic albums. Johnny’s songs are sung all over the world in a variety of languages, thanks to the focus put on them by artists such as Christy Moore, The Dubliners and Mary Black.

Entry to these master classes is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email ei.ormi@pihsrebmem to reserve your seat.
These master classes will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2.

IMRO Showcases
Showcase 1: Thursday, 23rd January Doors 6pm
Socks in the Frying Pan
The Jigsaw Jam

Showcase 2: Friday, 24th January Doors 6pm
Donal McCague

Entry to these showcases is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email ei.ormi@pihsrebmem to reserve your seat.
For full details on the showcasing acts visit
Both showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2.

Temple Bar TradFest takes place from 22nd to 26th January 2014.
Visit: for details on all the events taking place throughout this five day festival.

The Golden Era of Ceili Music and Dance 1955 – 1970 – Presented by Brian Lawler

January 24, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The New Theatre East Essex St Dublin 2
Cost: Free | Booking Essential
Email: ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or phone 01-6614844

During the period 1999 to 2004, in conjunction with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA), Brian Lawler recorded interviews with 70 people including céilí band founders and members, promoters, dancers and radio personnel. He obtained a total of 42 hours of recorded material. All of the edited recordings are available to the public at the ITMA. As founder member of the Ardellis Ceili Band, Brian was actively involved himself on the road with the Ardellis throughout the period. He has put together an insightful talk on the project which consists of a review of the work and includes short extracts from some of the field interviews along with samples of the music of the period.

Since his first review of the project in Boston College USA in September 2005, Brian has given many presentations in libraries and art venues throughout Ireland. Brian brings the presentation to the New Theatre as part of Temple Bar TradFest 2014.

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