Featuring the cream of Irish and international music artists, Tradfest kick-starts Ireland's fantastic festival offering in 2018.
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There is nothing better for warming up the tail end of winter than one of the best traditional Irish music festivals on the planet. Tradfest (24 - 28 January) is a complete must-do for anyone with even a passing interest in rhythms of Irish music and culture.
Centred around Dublin’s lively cultural quarter, Temple Bar, and a host of the city’s historic venues, this festival is a seasonal masterclass covering the entire spectrum of Irish traditional music, folk, nu-folk and even a touch of rock and roll.
With over 200 events featuring in the 2018 programme, including exciting headline concerts, free outdoor stages, pub sessions and family fun, the amount of music to tune into is staggering.
Look out for Tradfest’s headline gigs, taking place at intimate churches, impressive cathedrals, state buildings, castles and renowned music venues.
Dublin City Hall, for instance, hosts the likes of songstress Moya Brennan (28 Jan), acoustic guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan (26 Jan) and multi-instrumentalist Tara Breen (25 Jan).
Among the acts at Dublin Castle will be Celtic music maestro Alan Stivell (26 Jan), while folk legend Judy Collins will play the beautiful St Patrick’s Cathedral (26 Jan). Other venues include St Michan’s Church, where This is How We Fly (29 Jan) will take the stage, and The 4 of Us, voted one of the Top 10 Best Irish Bands Of All Time, will perform at Whelan’s (25 Jan).
Yet another headline gig option is to head for a Tradfest Gala Night at Dublin Castle (27 Jan), which includes Téada with Séamus Begley, the Blazin’ Fiddles, Frankie Gavin and more.
"There is nothing better for warming up the tail end of winter than one of the best traditional Irish music festivals on the planet."
There are also Front Row Sessions, unique TradFest events in the intimate settings of the bars of Temple Bar. This is the chance to get up close and personal with the likes of The Dublin Legends, The Fureys, Stockton’s Wing, The Kilkennys, Paddy Casey and the rollicking JP & The Seeger Sessions Band.
TradFringe events include Live at the Hub, where some of Ireland’s brightest new talent will take your breath away, and on this year’s TradFest Music Trail you can discover more new acts, enjoy rousing ballad sessions and even get involved in open-mic and sing-a-long evenings.
With a line-up that appeals both to the purist and the adventurous there is something for every music fan to enjoy in the maze of Temple Bar’s cobbled streets. Try Tradfest – it’s simply one of Ireland’s greatest festivals!
For more information, visit www.tradfest.ie.