Temple Bar Tradfest 2011 – IMRO Traditional Music Showcases and IMRO Member Discount for All TradFest Headline Concerts

The Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin’s biggest and best Irish music and culture festival, will take place for the 6th year running on the 26th – 30th January 2011. Once again Temple Bar TradFest offers a wealth of music within the very walkable confines of Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.

As part of the festival, IMRO will be running 2 showcase concerts which will take place in the New Theatre in Temple Bar. 
Showcase 1: Thursday, 27th January Doors 6pm
Goitse   6:30pm – 6:50pm
Brendan O’Sullivan  7:00pm – 7:20pm
Showcase 2: Friday, 28th January  Doors 6pm
Torcán 6:30pm – 6:50pm
Seána Davey   7:00pm – 7:20pm
Entry to these showcases is free but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email ei.ormi@pihsrebmem by Monday 24th January to reserve your seat.
These showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2. www.thenewtheatre.com
Visit: www.templebartrad.com for details on all the events taking place throughout this five day festival!
Artist Details
Traditional melodies, modern rhythms and new compositions are synthesized by this five piece band all of whom are students of Traditional Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
The band, which is now entering its third year, was formed after Eoin Coughlan asked musicians to play for Telethon at Dolans, Limerick. The session produced exciting playing and an instant chemistry between the musicians and on that night Goitse was formed.
All five students are rooted firmly within the tradition and are well known and respected within Irish music circles. Their recently released CD includes many of their own compositions and owes its distinctive sound to the collaborative arrangements by all members.
Goitse have gone from supporting acts and opening concerts for Beoga, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Donal Lunny, Martin O’Connor and Andy Irvine, The Alan Kelly Quartet, the trio of Cathal Hayden, Seamie O’Dowd and Johnny Ringo Mc Donagh to performing concerts in the four provinces of Ireland, parts of Europe and even as far afield as Africa. Last year Goitse had the honour of playing the half-time interval in the All Ireland semi Final football match between Kildare and Down which had an attendance of 62,182. Recently, Goitse performed at the AOIFE conference which resulted in the band being signed by RGM music agency and a tour of the States has already been put in place for this summer. 
Goitse's debut album, released in January 2010, has gained praise from critics with Hotpress magazine assuring Irish traditional music lovers.. "They play with an easy assurance that should cause those fretting about the future of Irish trad to rest more easily at night." 
Brendan O’Sullivan
Brendan has been playing fiddle for 30 years, 20 of them as a professional musician. He has toured the world with several different groups including the contemporary traditional group Gráda and is a current Riverdance violinist.
Brendan’s approach to music attempts to examine traditional Irish music and how it fits into the broader music world. His music is a personal journey, merging world music with traditional tunes. Added to this mix are his own original compositions, unique in what they say and how they sound.
Brendan’s music ranges from Irish Traditional, Jazz, World music and Rock, and has performed in such places
as the Sydney Opera House, the National Concert Hall, for the Ryder Cup as well as to over 160,000 people live at the All-Ireland National Hurling and Football Championship Finals in Croke Park, Dublin.
He has recorded on over a dozen albums, including the Waltons CD, Ireland’s Best Fiddle Tunes and Grada’s critically acclaimed albums‚ Endeavour and The Landing Step. He has performed with several known groups and musicians such as Jack L, Eoin Dillon(Kila), Stockton’s Wing, Pauline Scanlon and was a band colleague for many years with the multi-platinum Irish pop star now based in Germany, Rea Garvey from the highly successful group Reamonn.
Brendan’s debut solo album, ‘Took an Notion’, recorded in Sonas Studios in Killarney has just been released with high octane sold-out launches in the eclectic venues Sol y Sombra and Odessa venues in Kerry and Dublin respectively. ‘Took a Notion’ is now available in selected shops nationwide and numerous online music websites.

Torcán is a newly established instrumental trad band featuring Jason Turk (accordion, flute and saxophone), Alex Millar (acoustic and electric bass) and Robin Turk (guitar and bodhrán). The group play an eclectic mix of trad fused with tunes and influences from other genres such as Cajun, Scandinavian, Dance, Classical and Rock. The band are currently building up a live following, with regular slots at The Long Valley in Cork City and the South County bar in Douglas.
Torcán’s influences are many and varied, and include Niall Vallely, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Brian Finnegan, Muse, Mick McGoldrick, Mary Bergin, Alan Kelly, Shooglenifty, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The Cherry Pickers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys.

Seána Davey
Seána Davey, from Co. Meath, is a renowned harpist. Over the years, she has performed extensively at concerts and festivals, as well as tutoring students. She has recently begun composing music and most recently she contributed a newly composed slip jig to “Rogha na gCruitirí”, a book published by Cairde na Cruite.
Having recently released her first harp album which features top musicians Stephen Doherty and Conal Early as guests, Seána displays a wealth of harp music, including well known O’Carolan pieces, traditional music and newly composed material.
“She has enviable technique and complete control of ornamentation and style”  – Folk Harp Journal, Winter 2010
***IMRO Member Discount for ALL Temple Bar TradFest Headline Concerts***
The Temple Bar TradFest January 26-30th 2011 is offering an exclusive 10% discount to all IMRO members to ALL of the headline concerts in the Temple Bar TradFest!!
Simply enter TRADFEST when you book your tickets online through tickets.ie in the relevant field during the online booking process.
For a full detail of this year’s programme check out www.templebartrad.com
This year’s highlights include Clannads 40th anniversary celebrations in Christchurch cathedral, family programme, music trail in pubs throughout Temple Bar and over 200 free events!
Altan                 Full price: €25.99           Discounted price: €23.39
Wednesday the 26th of January Christ Church Cathedral : Altan will celebrate their 25th anniversary at this years TradFest. Fairground attractions Eddi Reader, Seamus Begley and many other well known names will join in the celebrations on the night.
Clannad            Full price: €43.99           Discounted price: €39.59
Thursday 27th Friday 28th Saturday the 29th January Christ Church Cathedral
Clannad are set to perform an unforgettable and exclusive concert in Christ Church Cathedral as the original line up will perform a full concert for the first time in over 20 years.
Beoga   and Ciorras           Full price: €19.99           Discounted price: €17.99
Thursday 27th January Button Factory
Beoga and Ciorras will take to the stage for a vibrant and energetic night of Irish Music. Wall street journal dubs BEOGA “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”  Ciorras were formed last year by Donal Lunny as part of a TG4 series, ‘Lorg Lunny’, hailed as a modern ‘bothy band’ they bring a contemporary approach to traditional music.
Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch, Brendan Power and Tim Edey, Dessie O’ Halloran and The Cunningham Sean Nós Dancers, Mary Bergin       Full price: €24.99           Discounted price: €22.49
Friday 28th January The Button Factory
World renowned fiddle player Dessie O’ Halloran will accompany the Cunningham Sean Nós Dancers. The first of the duets will see harmonica player Brendan Power join Tim Edey. This feast of spectacular talent will continue as Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch fuse their talent together. Legendary tin whistle player Mary Bergin will also join this stellar line up.
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