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An Audience with Martin Hayes @ House of Lords

TradFest, in association with IMRO, will host a special one to one interview with Martin Hayes in the historical surrounds of The House of Lords, College Green, Dublin this January.

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge from the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle, his acknowledgement of the past and his ability to place the tradition within a wider contemporary context, combine to create a unique and insightful interpretation of Irish music. He has drawn inspiration from many musical genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.

This intimate interview will provide a fascinating insight into Martin’s life in music over the past three decades.

IMRO Events at Temple Bar TradFest 2014

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. www.thenewtheatre.com

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
FullSet

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 https://www.imro.ie/events/
Both showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2. www.thenewtheatre.com.

Temple Bar TradFest takes place from 22nd to 26th January 2014.
Visit: www.templebartrad.com 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.

IMRO Masterclasses & Second Showcase at Temple Bar TradFest

The second of two IMRO showcases at Temple Bar TradFest will take place this evening at The New Theatre with performances from whistle and flute player, Enda Seery, and jazz-inspired traditional group, JP Trio featuring Niamh Farrell.

The New Theatre is also the venue for two IMRO masterclasses tomorrow, Saturday 26th, with Cork songwriter and musician, John Spillane (11am) and traditional and classical composer and musician, Charlie Lennon (2pm).

This evening’s showcase is now fully booked but there are limited spaces available for both masterclasses tomorrow. For further details contact IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or 01 661 4844.

Enda SeeryEnda Seery

Enda Seery is one of Ireland’s finest young whistle and flute players and composers. Enda’s critically acclaimed debut album The Winding Clock was released in 2010 and sees Enda sprinkle his own compositions amongst other well know session tunes.

The Winding Clock album with Enda on whistles and keyboard, John Byrne on guitar and Colin Hogg on bodhrán along with a guest appearance from Enda’s musical siblings: Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig Seery (fiddle) has received great reviews from critics and musicians alike. Enda’s compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin All-Ireland Champion button accordion player Colin Nea recently recording Enda’s composition Sam’s Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels.

Along with gaining a reputation as a respected teacher, administrator and adjudicator for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and completing a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with First Class Honours, Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ’s Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.

2013 will see Enda releasing his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside).

www.endaseery.com

 

JPTrioJPTrio & Niamh Farrell

JPTrio are brothers Ted (banjo, tenor guitar and vocals) and Jos (button accordion, keyboards and vocals), Paddy Hazleton (percussion and vocals), joined by Niamh Farrell for the main vocals. They came together while at Sligo Grammar school, where Jos is this year studying for his Leaving Certificate.

Their three years competing in the Siansa Gael Linn competition for young traditional bands helped them evolve as group musicians (they were the winning group in 2009 as Spraoi) culminating in a 2011 performance at Celtic Connections where they won a best newcomer band award at the Danny Kyle open stage competition.

There are jigs and reels here but everything, bar the sean-nós rendition of ‘UnaDheas’, has a strong jazz influence and an emphasis on rhythmic innovation .Their EP includes two Niall Vallely compositions, one Padraig Rynne, one Gordon Duncan, one Colin Farrell, and two traditional songs (one Irish, one gospel).

Ted explains: ‘When I was in first year of college I lived with a bass player studying Jazz in Newpark [Music Centre in Dublin]. He introduced me to lots of brilliant jazz, and while I was there trying to understand bass lines in jazz/funk/soul music, Jos was learning Jazz piano from Kieran Quinn in Sligo. Oscar Peterson was a huge influence for Jos.

‘Paddy’s mum once said to me, He’s been banging pots and pans since I can remember. Paddy’s talent as a percussionist is pure and comes from his soul.’

www.jptrio.com

 

IMRO Showcases at Temple Bar TradFest Kick Off Tonight

This evening, the first of two IMRO Showcases at Temple Bar TradFest will take place in the New Theatre, Temple Bar. Traditional groups, Tremolo and Réalta, will be kicking things off. The New Theatre is the venue for the second showcase, taking place tomorrow evening, followed by two masterclasses on Saturday afternoon.

Almost all events are now fully booked. For further details contact IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or 01 661 4844.

TremoloTremolo

Tremolo consists of four accomplished musicians from the Irish traditional music scene, brought together by their shared taste in melodic, transparent music. Whilst remaining at all times innovative and refreshing, their technical ability never stands in the way of them remaining true to their collective musical passion.

Donall Donnelly is a talismanic fiddle-player who adds a dynamism and drive to the unique sound of Tremulo. Since becoming ‘Fiddler of Dooney’ champion he has gone on to tour worldwide, supporting bands like Capercaille, the Michael McGoldrck band and playing festivals ranging from Womad to Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Guitarist, Donncha Moynihan, infuses subtlety and warmth into everything he plays. Donncha is Cork-based and was a founding member of the much lauded traditional group Calico in early 1998 who went on to release two award-winning albums- “Celanova Square” and “Songdogs”.

Stijn Van Beek (uileann pipes/low whistle) performs in an eclectic range of bands. He has featured as a soloist on an album with tango bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof playing compositions by Ennio Morricone and has played at major Dutch pop festivals with rock group ‘Moke’.  Making up the four-piece, Karl Nesbitt (bouzouki, flute and bodhran) has performed with some of the best musicians in Irish music in various majestic settings across Europe, the UK and China. He has carved out a reputation for himself as a band arranger and for two years in succession in Brittany, he organised and orchestrated the music for a band representing Ireland at the Festival Interceltique in L‟orient.

www.tremoloband.com

Realta_webRéalta

Belfast based band Réalta have launched onto the Irish music scene with their lively, exciting and unique approach to Irish traditional music. Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals and bodhrán, this multi instrumentalist group make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured Germany alongside Altan in 2011 and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2012, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences as they present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song.

www.realtamusic.com

Traditional Music Seminar at the Ark | Dublin | 25th January

Performing Irish Traditional Music for Child and Family Audiences with Cormac De Barra and Sinéad Madden. Presented in partnership with Music Network.cormacdebarra_highres_the_gathering

Date & Time Fri 25 Jan: 12.15-4pm (including performance, lunch and workshop)

This professional development workshop, facilitated by traditional harper Cormac De Barra and fiddle player and singer Sinéad Madden, will support professional musicians to develop performance skills for child and family audiences.

The workshop will begin with an opportunity to attend The Magic of the Harp – a traditional music performance for schools taking place at The Ark at 12.15pm. Following this, musicians Cormac and Sinead will then lead a practical two-hour workshop which will introduce approaches to interacting with young audiences, stage communication skills, audience management, creating engaging music sets and addressing particular challenges that musicians may encounter.

For full details and bookings visit: http://ark.ie/events/view/professional-development-for-musicians

Performances of Seán Ó Riada’s Mass in Dublin and Galway

Louth Contemporary Music Society Presents a new arrangement of Seán Ó Riada’s Mass in Dublin and Galway

Louth Contemporary Music Society in association with Temple Bar Trad Festival and Cois Cladaigh present a new arrangement of Seán Ó Riada’s Mass by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky performed by the EQ Singers with Zoe Conway on fiddle, Siobhan Armstrong on harp and Robbie Harris on bodhrán, conducted by Eamonn Dougan in St.Werburgh’s Dublin on Thursday 24 January 2013 and St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church Galway, on Friday 25 January 2013. Iarla Ó Lionáird will appear as a special guest for the Dublin performance.

The music of composer Seán Ó Riada, who is credited with re-igniting the popularity of Irish traditional music, is celebrated by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) in these unique performances of a new arrangement of his Mass in January 2013.

The new arrangement was completed by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a composer of international fame. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he most recently has been a composer-in-residence at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Yanov-Yanovsky has received commissions from celebrated musicians including the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet and Hilliard Ensemble. Yanov-Yanovsky’s music was first performed in Ireland at LCMS’s Sounds of the Silk Road Concert at Drogheda Arts Festival in 2011. Yanov-Yanovsky has arranged the mass for 16 voices, fiddle, harp and bodhrán.

The mass will be performed by the finest Irish professional singers in the newly formed EQ Singers, with Zoe Conway on fiddle, Siobhan Armstrong on harp and Robbie Harris on bodhrán. The choir and players will be conducted by Eamonn Dougan Associate Conductor of internationally renowned ensemble The Sixteen.

The performances will take place in St.Werburgh’s Dublin at 8pm on Thursday 24 January 2013 and St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church Galway, at 8pm on Friday 25 January 2013. Iarla Ó Lionáird will appear as a special guest for the Dublin performance.

The Ó Riada Mass has been funded by the Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Touring Programme scheme and is financially supported by Foras na Gaeilge.

www.louthcms.org

St. Werburgh’s, Werburgh St, Dublin 2
Thursday 24 January 2013 | 8.00pm | €15(including booking fee)
Tickets – 01 7030709 | www.templebartrad.com

St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway
Friday 25 January 2013 | 8.00pm | €15 & €12 ConcessionTickets: 091 756812 | www.coiscladaigh.net

Temple Bar Tradfest 2013 | IMRO Traditional Music Showcases

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at the 8th annual Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin this month, IMRO will be hosting two traditional music showcases in the New Theatre, Temple Bar on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January to represent the high quality of emerging artists in the Traditional music field.

We are delighted to announce that the four acts selected to take part in the 2013 IMRO Temple Bar TradFest showcases are Tremolo, Réalta, Enda Seery and JPTrio featuring Niamh Farrell.

Showcase 1: Thursday, 24th January Doors 6pm

Tremolo – 6:30pm

Réalta – 7:10pm

 

Showcase 2: Friday, 25th January Doors 6pm

Enda Seery – 6:30pm

JPTrio & Niamh Farrell – 7:10pm

Entry to these showcases is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email ei.ormi@pihsrebmem by Monday 21st January to reserve your seat.

Both showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2. www.thenewtheatre.com. Directions to the theatre can be found here: http://www.thenewtheatre.com/tnt_php/scripts/page/contact_us.php?gi_sn=50ea9f64e5a2e%7C0

Visit: www.templebartrad.com for details on all the events taking place throughout this five day festival!

Artist Details

Tremolo

Tremolo consists of four accomplished musicians from the Irish traditional music scene, brought together by their shared taste in melodic, transparent music. Whilst remaining at all times innovative and refreshing, their technical ability never stands in the way of them remaining true to their collective musical passion.

Donall Donnelly is a talismanic fiddle-player who adds a dynamism and drive to the unique sound of Tremulo. Since becoming ‘Fiddler of Dooney’ champion he has gone on to tour worldwide, supporting bands like Capercaille, the Michael McGoldrck band and playing festivals ranging from Womad to Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Donncha Moynihan is a guitarist of immense ability and taste who infuses subtlety and warmth into everything he plays. Donncha is Cork-based and was a founding member of the much lauded traditional group Calico in early 1998 who went on to release two award-winning albums- “Celanova Square” and “Songdogs”.

Stijn Van Beek (uileann pipes/low whistle) performs in an eclectic range of bands. He has featured as a soloist on an album with tango bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof playing compositions by Ennio Morricone and has played at major Dutch pop festivals with rock group ‘Moke’.  Karl Nesbitt (bouzouki, flute and bodhran) has performed with some of the best musicians in Irish music in various majestic settings across Europe, the UK and China. He has carved out a reputation for himself as a band arranger and for two years in succession in Brittany, he organised and orchestrated the music for a band representing Ireland at the Festival Interceltique in L‟orient.

www.tremoloband.com

Réalta

Belfast based band Réalta have launched onto the Irish music scene with their lively, exciting and unique approach to Irish traditional music. Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals and bodhrán, this multi instrumentalist group make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured Germany alongside Altan in 2011 and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2012, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences as they present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song.

www.realtamusic.com

Enda Seery

Enda Seery is one of Ireland’s finest young whistle and flute players and composers. Enda’s critically acclaimed debut album The Winding Clock was released in 2010 and sees Enda sprinkle his own compositions amongst other well know session tunes. 

The Winding Clock album with Enda on whistles and keyboard, John Byrne on guitar and Colin Hogg on bodhrán along with a guest appearance from Enda’s musical siblings: Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig Seery (fiddle) has received great reviews from critics and musicians alike. Enda’s compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin All-Ireland Champion button accordion player Colin Nea recently recording Enda’s composition Sam’s Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels.  

Along with gaining a reputation as a respected teacher, administrator and adjudicator for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and completing a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with First Class Honours, Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ’s Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.
 
2013 will see Enda releasing his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside).

www.endaseery.com

 

JPTrio & Niamh Farrell

JPTrio are brothers Ted (banjo, tenor guitar and vocals) and Jos (button accordion, keyboards and vocals), Paddy Hazleton (percussion and vocals), joined by Niamh Farrell for the main vocals. They came together while at Sligo Grammar school, where Jos is this year studying for his Leaving Certificate.

Their three years competing in the Siansa Gael Linn competition for young traditional bands helped them evolve as group musicians (they were the winning group in 2009 as Spraoi) culminating in a 2011 performance at Celtic Connections where they won a best newcomer band award at the Danny Kyle open stage competition.

There are jigs and reels here but everything, bar the sean-nós rendition of ‘UnaDheas’, has a strong jazz influence and an emphasis on rhythmic innovation .Their EP includes two Niall Vallely compositions, one Padraig Rynne, one Gordon Duncan, one Colin Farrell, and two traditional songs (one Irish, one gospel).

Ted explains: ‘When I was in first year of college I lived with a bass player studying Jazz in Newpark [Music Centre in Dublin]. He introduced me to lots of brilliant jazz, and while I was there trying to understand bass lines in jazz/funk/soul music, Jos was learning Jazz piano from Kieran Quinn in Sligo. Oscar Peterson was a huge influence for Jos.

‘Paddy’s mum once said to me, He’s been banging pots and pans since I can remember. Paddy’s talent as a percussionist is pure and comes from his soul.’

www.jptrio.com

 

IMRO Master Classes at Temple Bar Tradfest 2013

As part of the programme of events taking place at the 2013 Temple Bar TradFest Festival, IMRO in association with Templebar Traders, will present a series of master classes in the New Theatre, Temple Bar, on Saturday 26th January.

Master class 1 with John Spillane
DATE: Saturday 26th January  –  11.00am − 1.00pm

Cork native, John Spillane, has the ability to appeal equally to audiences of all ages as a songwriter and musician. With a voice full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity, Spillane has won two Meteor Awards and is considered one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today.


Master class 2 with Charlie Lennon
DATE: Saturday 26th January – 2.00pm − 4.00pm

Charlie Lennon is a well known composer of Irish traditional and classical music. An accomplished musician in piano, bass, drum and fiddle, he has had works performed by various artists including Dé Danann, Liam O’Flynn and Sharon Shannon, Altan, The London Lasses and Pete Quinn.

These master classes are FREE but due to limited capacity – booking is essential. Email: ei.ormi@pihsrebmem to reserve your seat now, indicating which seminar(s) you would like to attend.

 
John Spillane

John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color and brilliance.  His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience.  In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.

What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference.  Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop – that’s fine with John.  He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.

John is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as “the centre of the universe”, and it has been a huge creative influence on him. Vocally, he is quite unique with an almost sean nós-like element in his singing and he is said to have a voice “full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity”.

Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few. He performs to audiences large and small everywhere.

From his heart-warming visit to Senegal to film a “musical visit” for an Irish television series (where he met and played music with, among others, the legendary Baaba Maal), to his 2008 Australian tour where he sang the Irish National Anthem before 45,000 people attending the Australia v. Ireland Ozzie Rules Football, to singing for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese (by invitation), and so on ad infinitum

John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour.

 

Charlie Lennon

Charlie Lennon is a well known composer who has worked for the past thirty years in both Irish traditional and classical music. He is also involved in music production and performance in his own studio in Spiddal, Galway, (www.cuanstudios.com) in the Connemara Gaeltacht.

He is also involved in teaching at 3rd level in partnership with the National University of Ireland, Galway. Collectively they provide a full time Diploma Course in the Traditional Arts in Cuan studios. This covers music, including composition and arrangement, song and dance, sound recording, live sound, concert presentation, and stage production.

Many of his works have been recorded commercially including “The Emigrant Suite” (Gael Linn),  Aifreann Chaomháin “a Mass in Irish, ”Bainis Oileann—Island Wedding” (RTE) , a love story set on the Aran Islands and  “Flight from the Hungry”, the story of the Great Famine of the 1840’s. The latter two works, written for orchestra and traditional ensemble have been recorded by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

His orchestral works have been featured in concerts from Boston to Brisbane, Moscow to Melbourne. He was nominated Musician of the Year by the New York paper the Irish Echo for his contribution to Irish traditional music. His dance musical “Waves” has been screened by RTE and featured on many occasions on the American Public Broadcasting Service PBS. His music is also featured in a Hollywood produced film “Red Roses and Petrol”

In 2005 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann awarded him the title “Ard-Ollamh” and in 2006 he was awarded the title “Composer of the Year” by TG4. Also in 1996, he and his brother Ben were honoured by Leitrim County Council with a Civic Reception for their contribution to the development of Irish Music.

His most recent album, a double CD, “Turning the Tune” was published by Clo Iar Chonnachta in 2008.  His second book of tunes published by Waltons Music, Dublin will be launched in January 2013.  The title of the book is “Irish Tunes for Fiddle”, (Musical Memories Volume 2) and this includes 2 CD’s covering 70 of his compositions.

IMRO Set To Host Traditional Music Showcases and Seminars at Temple Bar TradFest 2013

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 www.templebartrad.com

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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