As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at the 2013 festival IMRO will host a series of traditional music showcases and master classes in the New Theatre, Temple Bar, over the course of the festival.

Any traditional music groups or artists interested in performing at one of these showcases should email a link to their website or sound files to ei.ormi@esacwohs before 19th December.

Alternatively you can send a CD to the following address:

IMRO Membership Department
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

Temple Bar TradFest 2013

22 – 27 January 2013

The 2013 Temple Bar TradFest will kick off 2013 with a six day traditional musical celebration. Line up will include:

• Over 200 free events – with outdoor stages in Temple Bar.

• This year’s Festival has a very international feel to it. As part of the Gathering 2013 internationally renowned Irish artists living all over the world are being invited to ‘come home’ for TradFest. A special Musical Gathering concert will take place on 22 January in Christ Church Cathedral.

• Throughout the festival artists from England, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Latvia, America and Canada will return home to perform at the Temple Bar Tradfest.

• A series of evening concerts will celebrate Irish music and its influence in Europe, Canada, New York and London. A special concert to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the European Council in 2013 will feature artists from throughout Europe.

• Headline concerts include Sharon Shannon 21st Anniversary Concert, Maura O’Connell, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill and a concert ‘Remembering Barney McKenna’ who performed at the 2012 Festival.

• New venues added include The Irish Stock Exchange, St Werburgs Church and St Patricks Cathedral

• A children’s club and gigs for kids so all ages can get involved.

Now in its eighth year Temple Bar TradFest is a firm favourite on the festival calendar and brings to Dublin City Centre a real celebration of Irish music and culture each January. The 2013 festival has been extended to 6 days and 6 nights and includes two new additional iconic heritage buildings (The Irish Stock Exchange & St Werburgs Church) as festival venues. Kicking off on 22nd January the 2013 Festival line up will include headline concerts, over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open sessions, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish Dance Show, master classes and showcases, gigs for kids, children’s club, cultural workshops, pipe bands and street performers.

In 2012 over 44,000 people visited the festival with over 13,000 people travelling from overseas. It is expected that this figure will increase to 15,000 in 2013.

Organised by the Temple Bar Traders association with the support of local businesses in the area this January celebration is set to banish those New Year blues. Full programme details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more details go to

Speaking at the announcement Festival Programmer Kieran Hanrahan said: “I am very proud of how the TradFest has grown over the past eight years and has become a firm fixture on the Irish festival calendar. The 2012 festival was attended by over 44,000 people who we hope to see increase this year. The 2012 edition of the festival saw a huge increase of international visitors from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Germany who we look forward to welcoming once again in 2013. Already this year we have also seen bookings from the US, Canada and throughout Europe. Year on year the festival has presented some of the biggest names in Irish music alongside many exciting new performers and musicians. In our headline concerts we have assembled a line-up of some of the most iconic figures in Irish Traditional music coupled with some of the most exciting names in emerging Irish talent. Families will not be disappointed either, with outdoor stages with an emphasis on young Irish music and dance talent; street entertainment and a children’s club are just some of the many free events taking place during the festival. I have no doubt that people will enjoy a truly exciting celebration of our culture.”

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