TradFest Temple Bar Program 2016

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27 - 31 JAN




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OUR VENUES Our chosen venues are historical landmarks, many dating back 1000 years. They are not purposebuilt theatres some sightlines are restricted. We endeavour to do our best to prepare venues to the very highest standards to make your experience an enjoyable one. Seating is unallocated.


BOX OFFICE Our box office in FilmBase is open daily from 12 till 6pm. You can buy tickets, ask our staff for directions and other information.

THANKS TO Artistic Director: Kieran Hanrahan Managing Director: Martin Harte Director of Marketing & Events: Claudine Murray Operations & Marketing Executive: Salla Paananen

Events Assistant: Samantha van Lieshout Production: Accoustik Production Public Relations: Gerry Lundberg PR Festival Design: Mr & Mrs Stevens

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Listen to all our 2016 TradFest acts on our specially curated Spotify Playlist: ‘TradFest Temple Bar 2016’


Welcome to TradFest Temple Bar 2016. Eleven years on from our very first festival, our programme has expanded again this year with an exciting mix of legendary performers in historic venues and some up and coming young talent just starting out on their musical careers. We ‘ve programmed two extraordinary Gala nights in Dublin Castle too and as it is a historic year in Dublin, we will also feature newly commissioned works to mark the centenary of 1916. This year we’re delighted to be expanding into new areas of Dublin city adding The Hugh Lane Gallery and The Irish Writers Centre to our programme. Our ever-popular concert series, Front Row Sessions continues this year. These free events will feature

household names in intimate pub venues throughout Temple Bar. By popular demand we welcome back The Dublin Legends, The Fureys, Stockton’s Wing, Declan Sinnott and Picture House for what is a unique opportunity for fans to get up close with their favourite artists. We’ve put together a wonderful collection of exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, music conference and album launch to keep you occupied during the five days of TradFest. There’s a whole programme of free events for families too, which includes music, dance, pipe bands, animal farm, children’s club and so much more. TradFest Templebar 2016 is just about the best way to say goodbye to the winter and hello to the year ahead. There is, as always, a special welcome for you in Temple Bar this weekend. Enjoy your visit!

STEPHEN REA Festival Patron

As patron of TradFest Temple Bar I’m thrilled to both promote and enjoy this unique festival. Now in its 11th year TradFest has established itself as a major event in Dublin’s cultural calendar and is the city’s premier celebration of Irish Trad & Folk Music. Yet again TradFest is showcasing world class performers, the line up for 2016 includes an eclectic programme of Irish and international artists performing in some of Dublin’s most historic venues. I look forward to another year of fantastic concerts; the opportunity to see legends of the Irish music scene while also discovering the next generation of musicians.




NOEL DEMPSEY Chairperson of Temple Bar Company

On behalf of The Temple Bar Company and my fellow directors I’m delighted to welcome you to TradFest Temple Bar 2016. TradFest is brought to you by The Temple Bar Company. TradFest Temple Bar is Ireland’s only city based traditional Music & Culture Festival. It has grown exponentially since its inception in 2005 with visitor numbers approaching almost 30,000 people annually. The festival is an opportunity to celebrate Irish music and culture with a quality line up of artists from both home and abroad. I wish to pay tribute to the TradFest team for their passion and dedication in creating another wonderful programme of events to suit all ages and interests. I would also like to pay special thanks to our sponsors and supporters. Your generous support enables us to make TradFest Temple Bar 2016 a memorable experience.



ABOUT TRADFEST Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings the festival has gone from strength to strength. The past decade has has seen the festival grow in terms of size, ambition and musical breadth, with a line-up that now appeals to the purist and the merely curious alike. Although TradFest today is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music we now also feature artists from the worlds of folk, nu-folk, and even (whisper it) rock and roll! We want to keep it special – we are still a boutique Winter festival – closing the door on the darkest season and ushering in the light and energy of Spring. TradFest also offers concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Dublin’s most historic places. From the breathtaking nave of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the grandeur of City Hall, this is the difference between memorable and unforgettable.

This is a celebration of the music that lies in the Irish soul. IRISH INDEPENDENT TABLOID Something that started small, with just a couple of venues and a handful of performers, has grown wings, to become the country’s largest celebration of traditional music; a five day event that holds its own with anything the music world has to offer. SUNDAY INDEPENDENT Not a bad way to brighten up these final dark days of January! THE TICKET, IRISH TIMES 6


Our pocket programme is divided into six sections which you can identify by our colour coded pages:

HEADLINE CONCERTS Presenting the cream of both Irish & International trad & folk artists in iconic Dublin venues. Tickets available from the box office or at PAGES X - X

TRADFEST 1916 To commemorate 1916 we have 3 newly commissioned works premiering at TradFest. Full details on or TemplebarTradFest PAGES X - X

FRONT ROW SESSIONS Free concerts in intimate settings featuring five of the very best in Irish music, up close and personal. Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance: PAGES X - X

TRADFRINGE There is so much more than just Trad to be had! - enjoy our, exhibitions, film-screenings, workshops, masterclasses & much more. Full details on or through participating venues. PAGES X - X

MUSIC TRAIL Explore daily music sessions throughout the great pubs of Temple Bar. Full details on PAGES X - X

TRADKIDS TradTastic Fun for all the Family; trad farm, family concerts, children’s club, children’s trad sessions and lots lots more! Full details on PAGES X - X







Dublin City Hall Wednesday Jan 27th

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wednesday Jan 27th

Trinity College’s traditional music society has been going from strength to strength over the last number of years. In 2013, the society formed its first ever céilí band and mananaged to place first in the Dublin fleadh just a year later in 2014. The Trinity College Céilí band’s growing success has helped them to become a well-known force on the Irish ceili band scene in recent times. In 2015, Tradsoc had the honour of recording the St.Patricks day special of ‘Céilí House’ with Kieran Hanrahan which helped put the society on the map, both in Ireland and abroad, as a dominant force in the Irish music and culture scene. The society went on to win most improved society 2015 within 8

LUNCHTIME Doors 12.30pm Show 1:00pm €10 Trinity College for its promotion of traditional music on and off campus. True scholars of the craft.

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A celebration of the life, music and legacy of the seminal Irish singer Eithne Ni Uallacháin. Performed by the musicians she recorded with and the singers she inspired. Featuring renowned artists; Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (Danú) and Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere) with an all-star cast of musicians featuring; Gerry O’Connor, Gilles Le Bigot, Neil Martin, Dónal O’Connor, John Fitzpatrick, Mario N’Goma and John McSherry.






TÍR NA nÓG Dublin City Hall Wednesday Jan 27th Tír na nÓg is a legendary Irish duo formed by Sonny Condell and Leo O’Kelly over forty years ago. In the early 70s, Tír na nÓg released 3 critically acclaimed albums on the Chrysalis label and toured extensively, headlining their own shows as well as sharing the bill with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, T.Rex, Roxy Music and The Who. Championed by John Peel from the very start, the band also recorded numerous sessions with the celebrated DJ. Now these original and influential songwriters and artists are back with a new collection of songs called ‘The Dark Dance’ and have returned to live performance like 10

Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm €19.99 men possessed. Who wouldn’t want to see a band described by Mojo magazine as a mix of ‘Irishness, folk and Led Zeppelin’.

St. Werburgh’s Church Wednesday Jan 27th Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €16/€10 restricted view It’s been an astonishing year for Ciaran Lavery, with the Aghagallon singersongwriter already boasting an incredible 14 million plays on Spotify. He also beat off intense competition to be the cover star of Hot Press magazine on May 27th 2015.

at this year’s Great Escape Festival of new music in Brighton in a feature by awardwinning Irish blogger Nialler9. An artist who is really delivering on his early promise.

This artist garnered swooning critical acclaim for the release of his Sea Legs mini album, a collaborative project with Derry-based electronic artist Ryan Vail, and has sold out two headline shows in London. Ciaran has supported The Staves, The Villagers and Stu Larsen amongst others and was nominated Artist in residence at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. He was also named amongst the top ten new artists /TempleBarTradFest








St. Michan’s Church Wednesday Jan 27th

The Button Factory Wednesday Jan 27th

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SARI is a not for profit organisation. Its aim is to present sporting and cultural events that brings people together from different cultural backgrounds. It creates opportunities for young people to participate in social integration projects at home and abroad. SARI also promotes intercultural dialogue and celebrates cultural diversity through projects in schools and to encourage government agencies and national sports bodies to adopt anti-racism measures and inclusion of policies and practices.

Aoife O’Donovan’s sophomore album, ‘In the Magic Hour’, produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case), to be released in January 2016 is a collection full of the singer’s signature honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Written in the wake of O’Donovan’s grandfather’s death, ‘In the Magic Hour’ is her most introspective effort yet, an aching exploration of memory and mortality.

This benefit concert will feature an all-star line up. Details will be announced on

This is an artist who has paid her dues – for a decade, O’Donovan captivated audiences as lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. She



Doors 8pm Show 8.30pm €19.99 was a featured vocalist on ‘The Goat Rodeo Sessions’, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Most recently she has lent her voice to folk trio ‘I’m With Her’, with singers Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Sarah Jarosz. O’Donovan released her debut solo album, ‘Fossils’ in 2013, a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The record garnered praise from The New York Times and Rolling Stone, with The Guardian tipping O’Donovan as the “next Americana celebrity.”




MICHELLE MULCAHY Dublin City Hall Thursday Jan 28th Michelle Mulcahy is one of Ireland’s most talented multi-instrumentalists in Irish traditional music today. Her array of instrumental mastery spans concertina, harp, fiddle, accordion, piano and melodeon. She is considered to be one of Ireland’s most adroit and creative harpers. She is a regular performer and tutor worldwide and has toured extensively in Europe, United States, Canada, China, Australia and Vietnam. Michelle has three highly acclaimed albums recorded by American record label Shanachie and Irish record label Chlo-Iar Chonnachta. She was awarded the prestigious TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2006 and was also awarded Female Musician of the Year in 14

LUNCHTIME Doors 12:30pm Show 1pm €10 2005 at the Live-Ireland awards in the United States. ‘Her revolutionary style on the harp is scintillating-played with power and panache, no concession to the complexity of the instrument, confirming her as one of the most significant musicians redefining harp at present’- The Living Tradition.

House of Lords Thursday Jan 28th

Doors 6pm Show 6:30pm Entry is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential: email or call IMRO at 01 661 4844 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. Martin Hayes is regarded as 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 3 decades. /TempleBarTradFest





JULIE FOWLIS St. Patrick’s Cathedral Thursday Jan 28th Julie Fowlis is a multi-award winning Gaelic singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. With a career spanning ten years and four studio albums, her ‘crystalline’ and ‘intoxicating’ vocals have enchanted audiences around the world. An artist with a genuine curiosity to explore other traditions and natural ability to cross genres, Julie has collaborated, recorded and performed with artists such as violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti, and acclaimed singers Aled Jones, Grammy-Award winning James Taylor and Mary Chapin Carpenter. However, she will forever be recognised for singing the theme song to ‘Brave’, 16

Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €27.99 Disney Pixar’s Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning animated film, set in the ancient highlands of Scotland. The track was recorded when Julie was eight months pregnant with her second child, and has since been a worldwide smash hit, and was indeed long listed for an Oscar nomination in 2013. A quiet torchbearer for her native tradition, Julie is a warm and engaging live performer. We are delighted and honoured to list her in the lineup for TradFest 2016.

Dublin City Hall Thursday Jan 28th

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Expect sparks to fly when West Kerry accordionist and singer Séamus Begley joins forces with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada. This duet of button accordion and fiddle might be a new collaboration, but both Séamus and Oisín have a distinguished past within Irish traditional music. Begley is the quintessential Irish musician, an eager storyteller known for his sharp wit and famous for pumping out tune after tune at all night sessions with an energy that is sometimes alarming. TG4 has recently awarded Séamus the prestigious Traditional Singer of the Year award in recognition of his major contribution to Irish singing.



Fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, founder of noted group Téada, has been described by The Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as ‘one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today’. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US and accompanied Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania. Begley and Mac Diarmada have teamed up in an exciting and intimate combination, exploring tunes and songs from West Kerry to Sligo. Having already released 2 duo albums – ‘Le Chéile’ and ‘An Irish Christmas Soundscape’, Séamus has recently also teamed up with Oisín in the band Téada. tradfesttemplebar



St. Werburgh’s Church Thursday Jan 28th Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €16/€10 restricted view

St. Michan’s Church Thursday Jan 28th

The Whileaways combine three distinct voices to weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs. Their sound is true, their delivery undeniably engaging. These three singers could all front their own projects, and indeed have. With six previous albums to their collective credit, this is their debut as a trio. Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie Mc Donnell came to know each other’s singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Dipping their toe in the water as a trio, they were hailed as ‘a knockout of the festival’ at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2012. Overwhelming public reaction prompted a recording, and their self-titled debut album 18

was recorded in a log cabin in Co Galway. It was praised as ‘an audacious debut’ by The Irish Times, who went on to praise its ‘rich lyrical tapestry’. Prepare to be spellbound…

Liam Ó Maonlaí and his all-star band went on their first national tour in May 2015, performing seventeen consecutive nights in church venues throughout the country. Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish) features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described by The Irish Times as ‘a master class in timeless musicianship’ and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin, a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk /TempleBarTradFest


Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €19.99 under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group. Over the past three years the band have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. They have also toured extensively throughout Europe and have performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York. This promises to be a truly memorable night in the company of this outstanding quintet.




The Button Factory Thursday Jan 28th

Dublin City Hall Friday Jan 29th

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One of the leading lights on the UK and international folk scenes, Karen Tweed is the mercurial, esoteric and elegant ‘English accordion queen’, known for groundbreaking collaborations (Kathryn Tickell, The Poozies, Swåp, Two Duos Quartet, May Monday) and inspirational teaching. Her stunning solo album ‘Essentially Invisible to the Eye’ is out now, it’s a beautiful suite, taking us on an autobiographical musical journey, illustrating how much the accordion has become Karen’s voice and pen and muse.

music, through travels to Scandinavia and back to the UK, she has a wealth of inspirations to share and continues to repaint a whole new landscape for the accordion. She has a (squeeze) box full of musical treasures to share.

Teddy Thompson is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with a career that has consistently garnered critical praise. NPR proclaims that he’s “the musical equivalent of an arrow to the heart,” while The New York Times calls his work “beautifully finessed.” The only son of British folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy formed his first band in his teens and was soon signed to Virgin Records. By the time Thompson released his self-titled solo debut in 2000, he’d already played in his father’s touring band and contributed guitar and backing vocals to his father’s albums. Every subsequent release has met with universal admiration and in 2014 he 20



Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €21.99 gathered his musical clan to release ‘Family’, one of the folk records of the year which garnered a multi page, in depth piece from The New York Times magazine. He is currently working on a new solo record set for release in 2016. Don’t miss this opportunity to see an artist at the very height of his powers.

Joining Karen Tweed is Timo Alakotila a Finnish composer, arranger and musician whose range of music styles stretches from Finnish folk music to jazz influences.

One woman, one instrument, her touch and musicality is extraordinary to behold, transcending preconceptions and boundaries. From her beginnings in Irish /TempleBarTradFest




Photo: Maurice Gunning



St. Patrick’s Cathedral Friday Jan 30th

St. Werburgh’s Church Friday Jan 29th Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €19.99 / 15 restricted view

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 shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the musical tradition of his own locality, in Feakle County Clare. Joining Martin will be DENNIS CAHILL - master guitarist. His spare, essential 22

Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €36.99 accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. Multi-instrumentalist DOUG WIESELMAN has worked as composer, arranger and musician with a variety of artists from the worlds of theatre to television. He will bring a unique flavour to proceedings on the night. LIZ KNOWLES will add her distinctive sound of Irish fiddle combined with classical violin to the mix. Renowned concertina player MARY McNAMARA, an East Clare native and veteren of the local trad scene, will round out this auspicious gathering of Martin’s friends.

Originally hailing from Co. Kildare, Heidi Talbot spent several years in New York City as a member of the Irish-American supergroup Cherish The Ladies. Something of a chameleon, she slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal modesty rooted in traditional folk. Talbot began writing songs on her 2010 album ‘The Last Star’. In just two years she’s become a master of the art, sometimes composing alone, sometimes with her touring band. Her latest release ‘Angels Without Wings’ is an album of original compositions brimming with special guests from the worlds of folk, pop, rock and bluegrass. While the timeless language of traditional /TempleBarTradFest


folk will always be an inspiration, there are traces of Americana in Roses (feat. Mark Knopfler), a delicate country-tinged duet with bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien, and Parisian romance in the unforgettable title track by Boo Hewerdine, laced with vintage accordion. Subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient – from her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material that earned her rave reviews for 2008 breakthrough ‘In Love And Light’. According to The New York Times, hers is “A voice that’s both awestruck and tender”. Heidi Talbot will be supported by rising star Aoife Scott. tradfesttemplebar


DOUGIE MACLEAN Dublin City Hall Friday Jan 29th Dougie MacLean is (rightly) regarded by many as Scotland’s pre-eminent singersongwriter and a national musical treasure who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He has built an international reputation as a songwriter, composer and an extraordinary musician and has performed concerts and festivals all over the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and London’s Festival Theatre. His performance at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (with Kylie Minogue and Lulu) was viewed by over a billion people worldwide. 24

OYSTERBAND Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm €25.99

MacLean’s songs have been covered by a diverse range of artists, including Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller and Kathy Mattea while ‘Caledonia’ has become one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs. Dougie has received numerous gold discs for album sales, two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Hall of Fame and even an O.B.E. Demand for his TradFest appearance will be high...

The Button Factory Friday Jan 29th

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Where do you begin with Oysterband? In their own words they ‘make a kind of modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart but not always quiet’. This is a collection of musicians who wear their politics on their sleeves, leaning toward ‘the left, the green and the sceptical’. As they approach their 30th anniversary the band can look back on a career spanning 11 studio releases, shows in more than 35 countries, as well as appearances at political rallies and even in jails!

and even put out 4 lo-fi albums in the early 80s. They were determined ‘that traditional music should not be just a branch of the heritage industry.’ Many talented musicians have played under the Oysterband banner but the band were stunned by the remarkable success of their reunion album with June Tabor for Topic Records, ‘Ragged Kingdom’, released in 2011. This is an incredible opportunity to experience a band whose music transcends genre. A collective of true originals.

At first purely a dance band (“The Oyster Ceilidh Band”), the band soon started experimenting with radical arrangements of traditional songs and with home recording, /TempleBarTradFest






St. Michan’s Church Friday Jan 29th

St. Werburgh’s Church Saturday Jan 30TH

Over seven years The Lost Brothers have proven themselves to be one of the finest and hardest working bands around. With four highly acclaimed albums under their belt they have worked alongside and been championed by the likes of Richard Hawley, Brendan Benson, Lee Mavers and Glen Hansard to name but a few. Since the release of their Portland recorded debut in 2007 they have performed at Glastonbury, on the BBC Electric Proms, at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, on RTE’s The Late Late Show and have toured extensively around the world. In their music the influences of songsmiths such as Van Morrison and Paul McCartney can be 26

Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €19.99 heard. However it’s from The Lost Brothers’ commitment to writing timeless crafted songs that comes something completely unique with well hewn melodies, compelling lyrics and beautiful harmonies that bring you down unexpected roads.

Kevin Glackin comes from a famly whose name is synonymous with Irish traditional music. His father Tom who hailed from the Rosses of West Donegal was instrumental in helping to keep traditional music alive in Dublin during the fifties and sixties. Kevin began playing the fiddle at the age of six and being exposed at such a young age to this great musical tradition left an indelible mark. By his late teens Kevin was in big demand as a performer and teacher. He toured extensively in North America with Seán Potts (ex Chieftains) and Bakerswell. In 1988 he released a fiddle duet album with his brother Seamus called ‘Northern Lights’ which at the time was hailed as one of the /TempleBarTradFest


LUNCHTIME Doors 12:30pm Show 1pm €10 finest examples of fiddle duet playing ever recorded. The Potts family has been involved in uilleann piping and traditional music for generations and Seán Potts has continued that strong tradition since his teenage years in the 1980s when he first started to perform and record. A strong devotee of the great piping masters of the 20th century such as Tommy Reck and Seamus Ennis, Sean has been an active teacher and solo performer for over 30 years and continues to pass on his family’s rich heritage through his involvement with Na Píobairí Uilleann and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy. This is one for true aficionados of the craft. tradfesttemplebar


Picture Clare Keogh courtesy TG4



St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday Jan 30th

Dublin City Hall Saturday Jan 30th

Irish-born singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan enjoyed superstar status in the 1970s, topping the UK and US singles charts while out-selling the likes of Rod Stewart and Elton John to become the biggest-selling solo artist in the world. Today, he continues to be regarded as one of the world’s finest songwriters, with his songs covered by artists from across the musical spectrum, including Morrissey, Neil Diamond, Diana Krall and Michael Bublé. This year, he returns with his 23rd studio album, ‘Latin ala G’, an album of original Gilbert O’Sullivan songs inspired by Peggy Lee’s Latin-inflected albums from the ’sixties. Recorded in Spain with a cast of exemplary 28

Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €36.99 Spanish musicians, the album finds a legendary songwriter still at the very top of his game, and as restlessly creative as ever. O’Sullivan remains an ebullient and engaging performer on the live stage. Expect the audience to be in full voice throughout for this very special TradFest performance from a very special artist.

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Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann takes place in August of every year, under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, the national body for the promotion of traditional music, song and dance. It is the largest cultural gathering or music festival in Ireland, with over 200,000 visitors annually. In August 2016, Ennis, Co Clare will host the festival for the first time since 1977.

will undoubtedly be a few surprise guests on the night also, all with a connection to the Banner County. If this line-up is anything to go by, ‘The Fleadh Down in Ennis’ will be one for the ages!

To celebrate the return of the Fleadh to the ‘trad capital’ this TradFest preview in Dublin’s City Hall will showcase some of Clare’s most accomplished musicians, led by the legendary duo Noel Hill and Tony Linnane, with support by Jack Talty and brothers Damien and Padraic O’Reilly. There /TempleBarTradFest




THE STUNNING The Button Factory Saturday Jan 30th It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 28 years since Galway gave birth to The Stunning. During the early nineties the biggest Irish band in the world was U2, but in Ireland it was The Stunning. In the seven years that The Stunning were initially together, they toured relentlessly, building up a following that would make them one of the most successful Irish bands ever. In 1990 their debut album ‘Paradise In The Picturehouse’ spent five weeks at number one and became one of the best-loved Irish albums of all time. The Stunning split in 1994, but despite the passing of time, their popularity has never waned. Since 1993 the band have made 30

DUKE SPECIAL Doors 8pm Show 8.30pm €25.99 regular live appearances but now they are back in the studio and working on their first new material since 1993. They can expect a rapturous reception at TradFest 2016!

St. Michan’s Church Saturday Jan 30th Those who know Duke Special for the platinum album ‘Songs From The Deep Forest’, and the hit song ‘Freewheel’, may be surprised by the cultural breadth of his work. His immense creative talents have seen him involved in projects as diverse as writing the theme tune for the Irish Sesame Street to writing the music for and appearing in Deborah Warner’s critically acclaimed 2009 production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ at London’s National Theatre.

Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €19.99 and heralds the return of an artist at the very top of his game. It is a deeply personal album filled with beautiful, elegant piano riffs. This promises to be an emotional night and a great chance to catch this unique talent.

New release ‘Look Out Machines!’ sees the Ulster-born singer-songwriter exploring new musical ground with collaborators including Iain Archer, Phil Wilkinson and Gary Clark /TempleBarTradFest






Printworks at Dublin Castle Saturday Jan 30th

St. Werburgh’s Church Saturday Jan 30th Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €24.99/€19.99 restricted view

DERVISH is one of the leading Irish bands on the folk/roots circuit worldwide. Their 24 year journey has taken them to thousands of venues in over thirty countries. Their innovative approach to Irish traditional music, while remaining respectful and loyal to the tradition, has won them critical acclaim internationally as well as many industry awards. By any reckoning, LÚNASA must be regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest traditional music bands with an enviable back catalogue of seven highly acclaimed, award-winning studio albums boasting more than a quarter of a million sales. Their inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves have 32

Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €39.99 steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Multi-instrumentalist and trailblazer Dónal Lunny is one of the greatest Irish musicians alive. TRIAD sees him join forces with Padraig Rynne the experimental virtuoso of the concertina and Sylvain Barou on flutes, who has pushed the boundaries of Breton music like no other. Together, their compelling range of traditional and rearranged tunes are a swirling intoxicating brew of traditional dance, hop and slip-jig sets, slow reels and melodies, all sitting harmoniously alongside newly composed contemporary pieces written by the musicians.

With a poet’s heart and a rock ’n roll soul, Luka Bloom has recorded 20 albums throughout his career and continues to push boundaries and confound expectations. As with many songwriters, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever traversing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new textures from within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life.



Luka Bloom has the power to bring audiences to a hush as his poetic lyrics bounce over melodies in a beautiful, captivating way. The same artist can rouse the spirit of the audience to the ceiling when he changes the tempo. This is a testament to a real troubadour who has worked and developed over many years into a true master of live performance. Prepare to be transported…





St. Werburgh’s Church LUNCHTIME Sunday Jan 31st Doors 12:30pm Show 1pm €10

Printworks at Dublin Castle Sunday Jan 31st

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O’Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of The Gloaming and This is How We Fly. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center. He has made twelve recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate. 34

“…the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad” – Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, USA

The story of Foster & Allen began back in 1975 when Mick and Tony decided to form a duo while playing the clubs of London. In 1982, as the acclaim for their unique blend of trad, folk and easy listening grew, they added a band to their show thus giving a much fuller sound to their program. On the recording front, Foster & Allen have to date released over thirty albums, all of which have gone into the British charts.

LUNCHTIME Doors 12:30pm Show 1pm €26.99 ‘Around the World with Foster & Allen’ was a Top 10 Chart Release in the U.K. To date the pair have achieved album and video sales in excess of 20 million worldwide and 2015 saw them celebrate 40 years together in the music business. Expect timeless classics like ‘A Bunch of Thyme’ and ‘Maggie’ for this special TradFest performance.

In addition to the albums, they have released thirteen videos/DVDs. The video ‘Souvenirs and Memories’ reached No. 3 in the charts around Christmas 1991, the ‘By Request’ video went straight into the No. 1 spot in 1993 and their latest DVD/Video release /TempleBarTradFest






Hugh Lane Gallery Sunday Jan 31st Doors 2:30pm Show 3pm

St. Werburgh’s Church Sunday Jan 31st Doors 5:30pm Show 6pm €12

Born into the legendary Black Family, which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary, Aoife has been surrounded by and immersed in music from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage workings of festivals both here and abroad. Now she is forging her own path in the music business. She possesses a voice that evokes the wild western landscape – fragile one minute and forceful the next. Now resident in Dublin, her characterful voice has been quietly generating a buzz amongst the musical fraternity. Her work to date includes prestigious performances 36

with some of Ireland’s finest musicians and international acts including Sharon Shannon, Séamus Begley, Brian Kennedy, Altan, Cherish the Ladies, Eddi Reader, John Prine, and of course the Black Family. Aoife’s vocal talents were also featured heavily in the IFTA award winning TV series ‘1916’. We are delighted to announce that Aoife has chosen the occasion of her TradFest performance to launch her eagerly awaited debut album. Expect a collection of folk songs fuelled by a passion for storytelling and history allied with a keen eye for social justice.

Having established an ardent following in Dublin, Ireland’s foremost alternativefolk-pop band The Young Folk have been conquering Europe in 2015. The Young Folk is perhaps as much a philosophy as it is a name. Not a strictly folk outfit, the band acknowledge their folky influences while asserting an infectious youthful vitality.

They’ve bagged support slots for Midlake and Imelda May, and recently played The Whiskey Sessions alongside I am Kloot, Gomez, Turin Brakes, Badly Drawn Boy, British Sea Power and Jon Allen. This is a band who follow their own muse. Catch them now before they go stratospheric!

The Young Folk add their own generationalspin to the legacy of Irish folk-influenced music – a legacy that principal songwriter Anthony Furey knows only too well, being the son and nephew of members of the legendary Fureys. While this influence on the band’s music is evident, younger audiences will also detect a real contemporary edge. /TempleBarTradFest







DUBLIN BURNING Brendan Begley & Mike Hanrahan

Printworks at Dublin Castle Sunday Jan 31st

The Hugh Lane Gallery FREE Saturday Jan 30th Doors 2:30pm Show 3pm

RALPH McTELL is the quintessential English singer-songwriter-guitarist. His shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling. Worth the price of admission alone to witness the great man perform his Ivor Novello award winning ‘Streets Of London’ From her first recorded appearance as a lead vocalist with the celebrated traditional Celtic group DeDanaan in 1981, to her eleventh album, Naked With Friends, MAURA O’CONNELL’S work has been characterised by her unmistakable deep, rich, flexible voice which pulls the listener right along with her, to the heart of a song. 38

Doors 8pm Show 8:30pm €39.99 DICK GAUGHAN has been a professional musician and singer since January 1970, has been playing guitar since the age of seven and made his first solo album, ‘No More Forever in 1971’. Expect sparks to fly when this political firebrand takes to the stage. POLLY BARRETT Polly cut her teeth in music as a busker on the streets of Cork city in 2005. After training as an actor-musician at London’s Rose Bruford College, she appeared in several stage productions before deciding to pursue her music full time. Her new release ‘Probably Me’ has met with considerable critical acclaim.

“Those who win the war write the history and those who suffer write the songs” Frank Harte Dublin Burning is an afternoon of songs, music and poetry associated with the 1916 rising performed by Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan including new compositions inspired by the people and events surrounding our fateful rebellion. Brendan Begley is a gentle giant bursting with the wild and beautiful music of West Kerry. As a singer and on the accordion, he is a force of nature. He has three acclaimed solo albums to his name, as well as numerous recordings with the groups Boys of /TempleBarTradFest


the Lough and Beginish. With the Boys of the Lough, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, and has been featured repeatedly on the Garrison Keilor radio program “A Prairie Home Companion”. Mike Hanrahan began his professional career with acclaimed Irish vocalist and Grammy nominee Maura O’Connell in a duo called Tumbleweed. He then spent 15 years as singer, songwriter and guitarist with renowned Irish music group Stockton’s Wing, recording several albums and performing across the globe. Expect a performance of historical importance.




VISIONARIES & THEIR WORDS St. Michan’s Church Doors 12:30pm Show 1pm €15 Saturday Jan 30th Sunday Jan 31st Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm €15 100 years on from a remarkable revolution of visionaries and poets, 1916 - Visionaries and Their Words explores the writings and ideals of the leaders of the Easter Rising, in a concert programme inspired by their lives, their work, and their words. With new music drawn from writings of the rising’s leaders, as well as existing songs in the tradition of their pens, Lorcán Mac Mathúna’s specially commissioned show interprets the vision of these revolutionaries and the impact they made on Irish life that resonates to this day. Inspired by the words and spirit of the proclamation, ‘1916 – Visionaries and Their Words’, presents an audiovisual experience of music, song, and archive imagery and 40

an artistic response to the words and vision of the rebellion’s leaders. This concert will feature male, female, and children’s voices to celebrate the part played by the people of Ireland in this most momentous event. Enjoy voices of Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Íde Nic Mhathúna, Martin Tourish (accordion), Daire Bracken (fiddle), Eamonn Galdubh (uillean pipes) and the acting talents of Elaine O’Dea. A timely performance.


A REQUIEM FOR 1916 Dublin City Hall Sunday Jan 31st Doors 10:30am Show 11am FREE An inaugural performance of a new Requiem for 1916 in Irish, composed by Odhrán Ó Casaide, performed by the DIT Conservatory Symphonia and Chamber Choir. This powerful piece is inspired by the original pioneering work of Seán O Riada. The Requiem sets out to explore the beauty of sean nós voice, together with chamber choir and orchestra, classical solo voices, as well as traditional and early musical instruments. The blend of Irish and classical styles reflects the two great musical traditions in Ireland at the time of the Easter Rising in 1916.

of this world and sets about the mission which he predicts will lead to his demise. This poem was composed in 1912, and is very similar in style to that of the great 18th Century poets. This is followed by ‘Caoine na bPáistí’ – which is a lament specially written to commemorate all of the children who died in the Rising. Dublin’s City Hall should provide the perfect backdrop for this stately opus.

The high point of the Requiem is the setting of Patrick Pearse’s poem ‘Fornocht de Chonac Thú’ where he turns his back on the beauty /TempleBarTradFest






brought to you by Smithwicks Various Locations Thursday 28th Friday Jan 29th Sunday 31st Jan


Thursday Jan 28th 6pm The Merchant’s Arch

Friday Jan 29th 6pm The Auld Dubliner


Sunday Jan 31st 4pm The Old Storehouse

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Banish the winter blues this January with exclusive FREE concert tickets! Front Row Sessions is a unique event at TradFest featuring five of the very best in Irish music. Taking place in the intimate setting of the pubs of Temple Bar. Enjoy a once in a life time opportunity to see the very best Irish acts on their home turf. This year sees IMRO bring three up-ancoming artists to the Front Row Sessions. Don’t miss out on Connla, Enda O’Reilly & The Living Stream!

Support the Supporters

TradFest Temple Bar is a not for profit festival. The Front Row Sessions are organised in the pubs of Temple Bar that support not only the festival but also who support the local community through a range of annual activities such as additional street cleaning, local environmental and other local initiatives throughout the year. In 2016 we would ask you to support the pubs that support the festival, only the premises listed as part of the Front Row Sessions are official pub venues.

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The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 38 years, having formed in 1978. They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based sound has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.

renowned for timeless songs like ‘Red Rose Café’ and ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, will perform a Front Row Session as part of TradFest 2016. Expect things to get emotional.

Having played for premiers, presidents and even popes, these legends of Irish music ENJOY SENSIBLY. VISIT The SMITHWICK® word and associated logos are trade marks ©Diageo Ireland 2015





THE DUBLIN LEGENDS Thursday Jan 28th 6pm The Arlington, O’Connell Bridge

ShowFriday Jan 29th 6pm Fitzsimons of Temple Bar



Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Paul Watchorn and Gerry O’Connor are all true legends of Irish Folk music. Sean & Eamonn were members of the iconic Dubliners for close to 30 years. Paul Watchorn, one of the best five-string banjo players in Ireland. After the sudden tragic death of founding member “Banjo” Barney McKenna and the departure of John Sheahan it was agreed that The Dubliners, as a touring band, would come to an end. And so THE DUBLIN LEGENDS were born, continuing to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over; ‘Whiskey in The Jar’, ‘Dirty Old Town’ and many more.



Sunday Jan 31st 4pm Oliver St John Gogarty

CONNLA: Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry Connla formed while studying Music at the University of Ulster. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the world folk community. ENDA O’REILLY

STOCKTON’S WING Thursday Jan 28th 6pm Buskers Bar

Friday Jan 29th 6pm The Oliver St.John Gogarty, Library Bar

Stockton’s Wing began their career in Ennis sometime in 1977, taking their name from the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Backstreets’. The band signed a deal with Tara Records after winning the Trad section of a music contest in Limerick. A group called U2 won the rock section. The band’s first album, produced by PJ Curtis received rave reviews from national and international press. Many more raves and triumphs would follow.


Sunday Jan 31st 4pm The Temple Bar

record twelve albums, each one highlighting the excitement, drive and virtuosity of each individual in the band. They return to TradFest Temple Bar 2016 with Mike Hanrahan Tommy Hayes, Steve Cooney, Paul Roche, Tara Breen and Karl Lynch.

In the summer of 1988 they shared the stage with Michael Jackson in Cork. The following year they made a guest appearance with Sammy Davis Jnr. in Dublin as part of his world tour with Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli. Stockton’s Wing would go on to /TempleBarTradFest




DECLAN SINNOTT Thursday Jan 28th 6pm The Palace Bar

Sunday Jan 31st 4pm The Morgan Bar

World renowned Irish guitarist, producer, songwriter and folk legend Declan Sinnott will be performing an intimate Front Row Session as part of TradFest 2016 accompanied by the beautiful voice of Vickie Keating. He’ll be focusing on songs from his second solo album ‘Window on the World’ released on May 15th last year. Despite making music for nearly fifty years he released his first solo record at the grand old age of 62. All songs were recorded at Declan’s home studio where he also played all of the instruments. Declan first came to prominence back in 1970 with Horslips and has been at the forefront of Irish music ever since, 46


working with Moving Hearts, Mary Black, John Spillane, Christy Moore and many others. Devotees of his ‘gorgeously yearning melodies and poignant vocals will not be disappointed.

PICTUREHOUSE Thursday Jan 28th 6pm The Norseman

Friday Jan 29th 6pm The Front Lounge

PictureHouse is the brainchild of Dave Browne. Originally signed to London Records, an unsuccessful stint in the U.K saw the band packing their bags and heading back to Dublin cap in hand. Rather than give up, Browne and Co. saw it as a new lease of life, and self released their debut album ‘Shine Box’ The album went on to feature the singles ‘Somebody Somewhere’, ‘The World and His Dog’ and the smash hit “Heavenly Day”.


Sunday Jan 31st 4pm The Porterhouse

in Ireland and released their second album Karmarama. This catapulted the band to the next level in Ireland. ‘Sunburst’ was the most played song on Irish radio in 1998 and the band finished 1999 having played to over a million people. Now back with a new-look line up, the Front Row session will provide the perfect showcase for this band’s uniquely uplifting, soaring sound.

Around now, the buzz and hype started to pay off. The Saw Doctors asked the band to join them on their tour of the UK. Bon Jovi asked them to open their show in Dublin. Back into the studio, East-West had taken notice /TempleBarTradFest





All Live At The Hub shows take place at The Old Storehouse (Downstairs)


Growing up performing songs and tunes learned from their musical parents The Sands Family it is little wonder that this new folk group NA LEANAÍ are taking the Irish music scene by storm. Mastering the art of blending old and new, a live performance might see a djembe used with flute, whistles, fiddle and guitar as well as the more traditional bodhran. Their debut album ‘Kindred Roots’ was named album of the week on BBC Ulster. Expect to be enchanted.


Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, CONNLA formed while studying Music at the University of Ulster. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the world folk community. Dubbed ‘a creative storm’ by Irish Music Magazine, they plan to follow their debut EP with a full-length release in early 2016.

11.20pm - 11.50pm


Live at the Hub is your chance to see some of the best new up & coming musicians on today’s trad & folk music scene. Our Live at The Hub showcase gigs will take place at The Old Storehouse, where we invite all our festival artists, audiences, talent bookers, international delegates, agents and managers & all music enthusiasts to discover the emerging talent Ireland has to offer.

0.10am - 0.40am

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Building on the success of her debut album, BERNADETTE MORRIS continues to wow audiences throughout Ireland and beyond with her fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs. ‘All the Ways you Wander’, produced by Sean Óg Graham of Beoga fame, is a varied and unique album with a rich mix of newly arranged traditional songs and contemporary numbers. Bernadette’s talent is truly of the type that can’t be taught.






FOURWINDS 11.20pm - 11.50pm

THE JERIMIAHS 0.10am - 0.40am


Highly accomplished and acclaimed as solo musicians, all four of this quartet have played together as members of various groups in their native East Clare. While they pursue their musical studies they continue to draw fervent audiences to performances which, while rooted in the style of East Clare also nod to wider influences. Sorcha Costello (Fiddle), Padraig Costello (Piano), Aisling Hunt (Accordion) and Aisling Lyons (Concertina/Harp) are ones to watch! Deeply rooted in the tradition, FOURWINDS create an exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics that present Irish traditional music in a modern and creative context. Their influences range from Begley and Cooney and Planxty to Elvis and Pink Floyd. This elemental quartet delivers a truly unique musical experience. The band has just been awarded the prestigious Danny Kyle Award in recognition of outstanding emerging talent in Celtic music.

Since their foundation in 2013 the JERAMIAHS have rapidly become darlings of the Dublin folk scene with their unique blend of ‘Urban Folk’. Dynamic, ambitious and drawing on diverse influences, these guys have gelled to become a scintillating live act. From Dublin to Denmark, through England and Scotland, on to Moscow and back again, THE JEREMIAHS have left a trail of new fans in their wake.

IMRO - THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC International Touring - Taking Your Live Music Overseas

IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lwr Baggot St Wednesday 27th Jan 5.30pm Entry is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential: email or call IMRO at 01 661 4844

In association with TradFest Temple Bar As part of their Business of Music seminar series and in association with Temple Bar TradFest, IMRO host a music industry panel on international touring for live artists. Hear insights on the practical elements of taking your music overseas from experienced professionals including Patrick Boyle (Milwaukee Irish Fest), Martin Nolan (MPI Bands Ltd & Essential Artists) and Cathy Jordan (Dervish). Featuring a special guest performance by The Carty Sisters.





BOB DYLAN, NYC 1961-64 by Ted Russell


Gallery of Photography Ireland Thurs Jan 21st - Sun Feb 21st

The Icon Factory Wed 27th & Sun 31st Jan

12pm - 5pm FREE

Presented in partnership with Govinda Gallery, Washington DC Irish premiere exhibition of Ted Russell’s spectacular, previously unseen photographs of Bob Dylan in New York City. The photographs chronicle days in the life of the young folk bard, at his writing desk, on the street, backstage and onstage at the folk clubs, playful with his girlfriend, Suze, in his apartment – giving a candid glimpse of what life in Greenwich Village was like for the then unknown folk artist. In Ted Russell’s photographs, as in Dylan’s music, we can see his conviction and compassion, his humour, and his love of


song. Whether he was inspired by Little Richard, the Clancy Brothers or Woody Guthrie, Dylan remained rooted in tradition while making something contemporary and of his own time.

11am - 6pm FREE

The Icon Factory Gallery will be open throughout the week of TradFest. We invite people to join us in celebrating our musical heritage by visiting the gallery and checking out our TradFest themed artworks run especially for this occasion. This year we honour Turlough O’Carolan, (1670-1738) a blind harpist who is regarded as Ireland’s national composer and Margaret Barry, (1917 - 1989) an Irish Traveller, traditional singer and banjo player. She is credited with inspiring many folk musicians such as Luke Kelly and for resurrecting the song “She moves through the fair”.







The Icon Factory Wed 27th & Thurs 28th Jan

The Irish Rock n Roll Museum Wed 27th - Sat Jan 30th

Join Garry O’Brien (guitarist, vocalist & songwriter), Grace Lambert (fiddle player) and Cian O’Ceallaigh (bodhrán) as they perform an intimate set based on the music of The Dubliners. The evening will include entertaining tales about the legendary Luke Kelly and The Dubliners. Come along and have some fun while also learning more of the history of these beloved icons of Irish trad.

4 - 6pm FREE

3 - 5:30pm on the half hour Tours last approx 1h10mins

Bookings through The all-new Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum will show its support for TradFest 2016 by offering Traditional Irish Music themed tours during the festival. Our knowledgeable tour guides will recount the story of Irish traditional music and pay particular homage to those Trad artists who have frequented the studios and venue in which the tour takes place. Those to be honoured include Donal Lunny, Luka Bloom, Declan Sinnott and many more.

also memorabilia from such artists as Glen Hansard, Mundy, The Hothouse Flowers and Paddy Casey, all of whom recorded some of their most successful albums in Temple Lane Studios.

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LIMERICK CITY & TULLA PIPE BAND The Streets of Temple Bar Saturday Jan 30th & Sunday Jan 31st TradFest is delighted to welcome two leading pipe bands to Temple Bar. This year we’ve got a very special collaboration between The Limerick City Pipe Band & The Tulla Pipe Band. The City of Limerick Pipe Band was formed way back in 1949 while The Tulla Pipe Band, hailing from County Clare, was founded back in 1936. Both groups are recognised nationally and internationally as highly acclaimed prestigious Pipe Bands. Witness the impressive sight and sound of mass pipes and drums as they make their way through the cobbled streets of Temple Bar during the weekend of TradFest.


12pm - 4pm FREE


MASTERCLASS WITH DUKE SPECIAL Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 Saturday Jan 30th 10:30am - 1:30pm €10 A thrill, a challenge, a joy, a form of release – the complex craft of songwriting can mean many things to many artists. This half-day masterclass with Duke Special, brought to you by the Irish Writers Centre in association with TradFest, will get to the very heart of the songwriting process. Aimed at both emerging songwriters and established artists, this workshop will help you tap into the emotion and headspace necessary for getting the most from your writing. Duke Special is a songwriter and performer based in Belfast. Possessing a romantic style and a warm, distinctly accented voice, he’s predominantly a piano-based songwriter who has worked with countless /TempleBarTradFest


other instrumentalists over the years. His live performances have a theatrical style inspired by Vaudeville and music hall, and often incorporate 78s played on an old-fashioned gramophone, or sound effects from a transistor radio. His albums include ‘Adventures in Gramophone’ (2005), ‘Songs from the Deep Forest’ (2006), both of which were nominated for the Choice Music Prize’Mother Courage and Her Children’ (2010), ‘Under the Dark Cloth’ (2011), ‘Oh Pioneer’ (2012) and recently ‘Look Out Machines!’ (2015). Embrace the emotion, the words and the interaction, and embark on your next musical journey! tradfesttemplebar


THE FARM BELOW THE MOUNTAIN The Irish Film Institute Saturday Jan 30th

2pm Tickets through IFI Box Office

Std €7.60 (IFI members €7) / Concession €5.90 (IFI members €5.50)

TradFest is delighted to present a cinéconcert featuring the films of Ernest Tiernan and the music of Patrick Carayannis, Rodney Lancashire and Séamus Hernon. The film documents the honeymoon journey of Ernest Tiernan and his young wife Kathleen (née Durkin) as they travel from Scotland to a small farm in Cornamuckla, Co Leitrim, home of her Irish relations. Fifty years later musicians Carayannis and Lanchashire encountered Ernests’s films in the IFI Irish Film Archive. They travelled to Scotland to meet Ernest and Kathleen and to record their recollections of the journey. These recordings are interwoven with live 58

traditional Irish music to create a magical soundscape. The cine concert will be preceded by a montage of films made by Gael Linn about traditional Irish music including newsreel of Fleadh in Ennis in 1962 and Louis Marcus’s multi-award winning documentary Fleá Ceoil made in Kilrush in 1967.

January 30th at 2pm Tickets through IFI Box Office Std €7.60 (IFI members €7) / Concession €5.90 (IFI members €5.50)

CÉILÍ HOUSE LIVE The Merchant’s Arch Saturday Jan 30th

9pm - 10pm FREE

Tickets are FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential: email to reserve your seat

RTÉ Radio One’s popular traditional music programme Céilí House will have a special TradFest broadcast live from The Merchant’s Arch. Presenter Kieran Hanrahan will present a night of song and chat featuring some of TradFest’s top acts as well as introducing audiences to emerging talent from the world of trad and folk. An excellent way to dip your toe into the ocean of TradFest 2016!

traditional music broadcaster with RTE Radio, having presented such shows as The Fleadh Club, Both Sides Now and, in recent years, Ceili House, one of RTÉ Radio’s most popular programmes of traditional Irish music and song.

Kieran Hanrahan is one of the most respected tenor banjo players in Irish traditional music. Over the years, Kieran Hanrahan has helped to found a number of traditional bands, Inchiquin, Stockton’s Wing, and Templehouse Céilí Band. Since 1991 Kieran is known widely as the /TempleBarTradFest






Lazy Bikes, Essex St. West, Temple Bar Saturday Jan 30th & Sunday Jan 31st 12:30pm €25

Crown Alley, Temple Bar Saturday Jan 30th & Sunday Jan 31st

Do you want to get a real feel for the city and learn more about some of our unique and historical TradFest venues? Well the Lazy Bike Tour Company will help you do just that using the coolest Electric Bikes on the roads! For the curious this is a fun way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Dublin in a truly immersive way. The tours are fully guided and last roughly two hours, with plenty of time for photographs and insights. The idea behind our tour is that we can cover a large area easily, giving visitors a great orientation around the city in an informative stress-free manner.


Tours are given by local guides, delivering stories with typical Dublin wit in an interactive way. As an experience we will show a side of Dublin that is not necessarily mentioned in the guidebooks, ideal for individuals and groups alike. Our ‘mixing fun with history tour’ takes in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty/ Dubhlinn Gardens, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Newmarket Square/Liberties, Reginald/Gray St, Thomas St and Kilmainham Goal.

TradFest is delighted to present the inaugural Dublin Recycled Tyre Sculpture Exhibition. This unusual and unique art form featuring animal and figurative sculptures will be curated on the streets of Temple Bar over the weekend of TradFest 2016. Irish artist Mick Davis lives and works near Dingle, County Kerry. Mick is a sculptor who previously worked primarily with stone. As an enthusiastic cyclist he was aware of the issue of disposing of old bicycle tyres. In 2014 he began experimenting, creating sculpture from old tyres. There was a clear objective to his work – to address the important environmental issue of recycling, by turning waste products into objects of /TempleBarTradFest


12noon - 4pm FREE

art. Come see this remarkable work which showcases an alternative way of thinking when it comes to recycling. Outsider art, outside.





4pm - 6pm FREE


Tickets are FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential: email:

Various venues Daily from Wed 27th Jan - Sun 31st Jan

The Icon Factory would like to invite you to two hours of ‘craic & dancing’ based on the music of one of our featured Irish icons; John Doherty was considered one of Ireland’s greatest and most influential fiddle players. Led by Cristano del Mas you will learn the story of John Doherty while also being introduced to traditional European flock dances.

The Temple Bar District is the ideal place to enjoy a session during TradFest 2016. We are lucky in Temple Bar to have such an abundance of pubs with a long standing commitment to live music. Join us for five days and nights of free music and Feel Every Note!


On this year’s TradFest Music Trail you’ll discover fantastic new acts, enjoy rousing ballad sessions and even get involved in open-mic and sing-a-long evenings. Follow TradFest and our Music Trail partners on Twitter & Facebook for daily updates during the festival.

The TradFest Music Trail is organised by the pubs of Temple Bar that support not only the festival but also the local community through a range of annual activities such as additional street cleaning, local environmental initiatives and other activities throughout the year. In 2016 we would ask you to support the pubs that support the festival. /TempleBarTradFest




TRADFEST MUSIC TRAIL THE AULD DUBLINER Wed & Thurs: from 12:30pm Fri - Sun: from 12noon

BUSKERS BAR Wed: 7pm-10pm Thurs: 7pm-10pm/10.15pm-12.15am Fri: 7pm-9pm/9pm-11pm Sat: 5pm-7pm/7pm-9pm Sun: 8pm10pm

FITZSIMON’S of TEMPLE BAR Wed & Thurs: 7pm/9.30pm Fri: 9.30pm/12midnight Sat: 3pm-close Sun: 3pm/7pm/9.30pm

MERCHANT’S ARCH Wed - Thurs: 5pm/7.15pm/9.30pm Fri - Sat: 12.45pm till closing Sun: 1pm till closing

THE NORSEMAN Wed: 7pm-9pm/9:30pm-12midnight Thurs: 7pm-9pm/9:30pm-12am/12am-2am Fri: 3pm-5pm/7:30pm-9:30pm/9:30pm11:30pm/12am Sat: -5pm-7pm/7:30pm-9:30pm/9:3012am/12am-2am Sun: 4pm-6pm/6pm-9pm/9:30pm-12am

O’FLAHERTY’S at THE OLD STOREHOUSE Wed-Sun: 3pm till closing

THE OLD STOREHOUSE Wed - Thurs: 3pm - 11.45pm Fri - Sat: 3pm - close Sun: 3pm - close

THE OLIVER ST JOHN GOGARTY Music daily, from Wed - Sun during TradFest

THE PALACE BAR Music daily, from Wed-Sun during TradFest

Saturday Jan 30th & Sunday Jan 31st


Prepare yourselves for two days of wonderful music, song and dance featuring young students of trad from all over Ireland plus a special performance by the 2015 Siansa Gael Linn winners ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’. This group of Castlebar musicians have been wowing audiences with the excellence of their musicianship and sean-nós singing! Representing Davitt College Post Primary School, they were mentored by Dr. Katie Sweeney. The group consists of eight multitalented teenagers, ranging from 13 to 18 years, who display a great maturity in both their music and performance. The majority of the group are individual All Ireland champions across both music and singing in their own right. Wed & Thurs: 5pm-8pm & 10pm-12am Fri: 8pm-11pm & 12am-2am Sat: 8pm-11pm & 12am-2am

THE QUAYS BAR Music daily, from Wed - Sun 1pm

THE TEMPLE BAR PUB Music daily, from Wed - Sun during TradFest

THE VAT HOUSE Music daily, from Wed-Sun during TradFest

Check the venue websites for more info on acts and FIND THE VENUES ON THE TRADFEST MUSIC TRAIL MAP: PAGE X 64












Sat: 12.00 - 12.30pm

GLÓR MHAIGH EO Sat: 12.50 - 01.50pm

Sun: 1.00 - 1.30pm

Sun: 1:50 - 2.50pm





Sat: 2.10 - 2.40pm Sat: 3.00 - 3.30pm


CRAOBH SEAN TREACY Sat: 4.40 - 5.10pm 66

Sunday Jan 31st

Sun: 3.10 - 3.40pm Sun: 4.00 - 5.00pm

I AM A LITTLE BOAT ORCHESTRAL TRAD WITH THE Early Years Gig Public Performances: CLARE MEMORY Thu 28 Jan 10.15am & 11.30am (2-4Yrs) ENSEMBLE Tickets €12/€9. €40 for 4 people. School performances: Fri 29 Jan 10.15am & 11.30am (Jr/Sr Infants) Tickets €5 per child. Early Bird price of €4.50 if booked by Fri 15 Jan) Advance booking recommended Duration 45 mins

Sat 30th Jan 2016 3pm For All the Family Tickets €12/€9 €40 for 4 people. Advance booking recommended Duration 50 mins

Young imaginations will be captivated by this gorgeous musical experience for children ages 2-4, created and performed by trad singer Fiona Kelleher. Come on a journey of exploration! Sing, play, listen and inhabit for a while a musical world created to delight, soothe and comfort. The music and songs of the ‘I Am A Little Boat’ performance are beautifully supported by the gentle playfulness of Early Years actor, George Hanover and the musical talents of pianist Caoimhin Vallely who features on the album of the same name, launched at The Ark in 2013.

The Clare Memory Orchestra are the first and only orchestra in the Western world to play exclusively from memory, honouring Ireland’s living musical tradition. Featuring some of Ireland’s leading traditional, classical and jazz musicians, this five piece ensemble will delight families with their unique mix of musical styles. You will hear beautiful string sounds from Irish fiddles, rumbling double bass, harmonic Irish harp and dreamy flute. This is a kaleidoscopic new sound that has brought audiences to their feet at every concert the CMO has played from Dublin to Moscow.





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CHILDREN’S OPEN TRAD SESSION Sat 30th & Sun 31st Jan 12pm-2.30pm Ages 6+ FREE No advance booking Finally, here’s your chance to come and play in a real trad session! Drop in to our open trad seisiún, especially for children, led by members of Ceoltóirí Chluain Tarbh, a long established and highly active Irish music organisation from the northside of Dublin. Children who can play a tune on the fiddle, bodhrán, harp, concertina, or any instrument at all (even non-traditional instruments) are welcome to come along and discover what it is like to play in a real session with other young musicians. While this event is not suitable for beginners, it is highly recommended for all children who are learning music. Families are invited to come, watch and enjoy! 68


GIVE TRAD A TRY Sat 30th & Sun 31st Jan 11am-1pm Ages 6+ FREE


Try your hand at playing some traditional music on one of a range of instruments at this fun drop-in session. Suitable for beginners or newcomers to Irish music, each participant will enjoy a short 15 minute introduction to playing one traditional instrument and complete a simple musical task on that instrument. Participants will get a certificate of achievement/participation at the end of the session. Instruments available to try will include: flute, banjo, fiddle, button accordion, harp and bodhrán. The sessions will run every 20 minutes with limited places available on a first-come, first-served basis.

No advance booking

No advance booking. Places will be available from 10.30am on the day and can only be booked in person at Box Office.

Sat 30 & Sun 31 Jan from 12pm to 5pm Ages 4+ FREE Have a go at a variety of fun traditional crafts using different materials at this year’s Tradfest Children’s Crafts Club. The sessions run every 45 minutes (session is 30mins) and places are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Places will be available from 11am on the day and can only be booked in person at Box Office. Fun (and a few moments peace for parents) is guaranteed! Presented in partnership with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.



Sun 31st Jan 3pm (2-3yrs) Family gig

Tickets €12/ €9 €40 for 4 people Advance booking recommended BEOGA (Irish for ‘lively’) have become one of the most exciting, popular and influential groups in modern traditional Irish music. While the basis of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition, they are not afraid to incorporate other sounds into their music. You will hear flavours of blues, tango and New Orleans jazz, woven into a wonderfully upbeat Irish sound. This family performance features the twin duelling accordions of Damian McKee, Seán Óg Graham with pianist Liam Bradley, four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray and Niamh Dunne on vocals and fiddle.



BRAVE Irish Film Institute Sunday Jan 31st

11am €5 per person / €15 Family Ticket (Family Ticket: 4 people - 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & three children) Tickets through Irish Film Institute Box Office

Princess Merida of the Scottish Highlands is no ordinary princess. Tough and plucky, this redheaded girl sets out to become the kingdom’s finest archer, and grows up believing she can achieve her ambition until her mother, Elinor, tells her she’s got to choose a husband. Merida flees to the forest where she begs a witch to change Elinor’s mind. When the spell goes wrong, Merida is given two adventure-filled days to reverse it. Pixar create an enchanting Scotland and fill it with humour, music and traditions. Folk singer Julie Fowlis sings theme songs ‘Touch the Sky’ and ‘Into the Open Air.’


CHILDVISION PETTING FARM Temple Bar Square Saturday 30th Jan & Sunday Jan 31st ChildVision, Ireland’s Education Centre for Blind Children, are once again packing up their cuddliest and friendliest pals from their petting farm and bringing them into Temple Bar for TradFest. These animals play a very special role at ChildVision for the blind and multi-disabled children who attend school there to feel their cuddly, furry, friendly shapes.The little horses spend their days helping the children who are unable to move very well on their own to sit up and feel ten feet tall as they explore the sensory trail. ChildVision’s patient and friendly ponies, rabbits, sheep Elvis and Seamus and micropigs Podge and Rodge allow children to experience the joy of being with animals. The garden at ChildVision is always alive with /TempleBarTradFest


12pm - 4pm FREE

birdsong and the scents of grass and flowers. Visit them at Temple Bar this January and learn about the birthday parties and school tours you can have at Childvision. The Farm is on Gracepark Road and is open to public 7 days a week with no admission charge.





The National Wax Museum Plus Saturday Jan 30th & Sunday Jan 31st

FilmBase Saturday 30th Jan & Sun 31st Jan 12 - 1pm FREE

12pm - 5pm €25 Family Ticket with this programme Tickets through National Wax Museum Box Office

There’ll be ceol agus craic aplenty at Tradfest Temple Bar this January, and The National Wax Museum Plus will be celebrating in style with a fun-packed children’s céilí! The céilí is a proud Irish tradition that is synonymous with dancing, traditional Irish music and generally having loads of fun. A céilí dance traditionally was a chance for everyone to get together for some socialising with some music and dancing, with the origin of the word céilí meaning ‘companion’. It’s time for the kids to click their heels with a few jigs and reels!


Families who arrive on the day with a Tradfest program or book in advance through the website will get a very special Tradfest family discount of €10 off a family ticket (€25 - 2 adults & 2 children).

Entry is FREE but booking is essential: email

This is an opportunity to experience an exciting workshop for children using Clayotic, a new type of modelling clay. Clayotic is a unique, non-messy, non-toxic, air-drying modelling clay for ages 3+. This soft and pliable modelling clay is fun to squeeze, shape and mould. It is also extremely therapeutic to use. The workshops will last for 1 hour; each participating child will make their own unique model insipired by a traditional Irish theme. The Clayotic model will be a permanent keepsake of your time at TradFest 2016. This workshop promises to be loads of fun and a great creative outlet for the little ones...





ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL Patrick’s St, Dublin 2 Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where legend has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and also serves as a popular tourist attraction in Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years. There is little chance of not being awe-struck. Wed 27th - Bilingua Thur 28th -Julie Fowlis Fri 29th-Martin Hayes - Digging Deeper Sat 30th - Gilbert O’Sullivan & Band


HUGH LANE GALLERY Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is a public gallery of modern and contemporary art and a cultural treasure trove at the heart of Dublin’s north inner city. The gallery’s original collection was bequeathed by Sir Hugh Lane in 1908 and, as per the ethos of its founder the gallery continues to collect curate and exhibit modern and contemporary art. This internationally acclaimed collection now comprises some 2,300 pieces, including the Francis Bacon Studio and The Eve of St Agnes by Harry Clarke. It is fitting that Dublin’s most accessible gallery should play host to its most inclusive music festival.


Werburgh St, Dublin 8

This historic place of worship was built in 1178, shortly after the arrival of the Anglo-Normans, and named after St. Werburgh, abbess of Ely and patron saint of Chester who died in 699 AD. As with many of Dublin’s Anglican churches its story is one of destruction and re-construction. This is truly an atmospheric gem, rarely open to the public. Now’s your chance… Wed - Ciaran Lavery Thurs -The Whileaways Fri - Heidi Talbot Sat - Luka Bloom Sun - The Young Folk

Since 1095 St. Michan’s has stood witness to a millennium of the City’s history and houses the world-famous crypts containing the mummified remains of many of Dublin’s most influential 17th, 18th and 19th century families. Bram Stoker, creator of the “Dracula” stories is believed to have been amongst the many visitors to the crypts. You would be hard pressed to think of another live music venue with a more interesting basement! Wed 27th - Sari Benefit Night Thur 28th - Ré Fri 29th - The Lost Brothers Sat 30th - Duke Special Sat 30th & Sun 31st - 1916- Visionaries & Their Words

Sat 30 1916 - Dublin Burning Sun 31 - Aoife Scott - Album Launch


Church St, Dublin 7




CITY HALL Dame St, Dublin 2

Originally home to the Royal Exchange, Dublin’s City Hall was built between 1769 and 1779 to the designs of architect Thomas Cooley. This neoclassical building contains a central entrance hall or Rotunda, with a large dome supported by twelve columns. A breathtaking example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is renowned. Wed 27th - Trinity Trad Soc Wed 27th - Tír Na nÓg Thurs 28th - Michelle Mulcahy Thurs 29th - Oisin MacDiarmada & Seamus Begley Fri 29th - Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila Fri 29th - Dougie MacLean Sat 30th - Fleadh Down in Ennis





For over 800 years Dublin Castle has been at the heart of Irish history. In fact, the city gets its name from the ‘Dubh Linn’ or Black Pool, on the site of the present Castle Gardens and Coach House. The Printworks is the largest and newest venue in Dublin Castle, opened for Ireland’s hosting of the European Presidency in 2013. It is located in the lower courtyard on the ground floor of the Stamping Building. An incredible place to experience live music.

In the company of some of the other TradFest venues The Button Factory is very much the new kid on the block. While it may not have witnessed a thousand years of Dublin’s history, it has surely played host to a thousand unforgettable live-music shows since it opened its doors. Located in the refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre on Curved St, this custom-designed music venue boasts state of the art sound and lighting systems. Right at the beating heart of the Cultural Quarter...

Currently home to the Bank of Ireland, this imposing structure was built in 1729 to house the Irish Parliament, which it did until the passing in 1801 of the Act of Union. It still retains many stunning architectural features dating from its heyday. Highlights include the windowless front portico, built to avoid distractions from the outside when Parliament was in session, 18th-century tapestries, golden mace, and a sparkling crystal chandelier. There is arguably no other venue in the city with a greater sense of occasion.

Dame St, Dublin 2

Sat 30th - Trad Gala with Dervish, Lúnasa & Triad Sun - Foster & Allen Celebrating 40 Years Sun - Trad Folk Night Ralph McTell, Maura O’Connell, Dick Gaughan & Polly Barrett

Curved St, Dublin 2

Wed 27th: Aoife O’Donovan Band Thurs 28th: Teddy Thompson Fri 29th: Oysterband Sat 30th: The Stunning



College Green, Dublin 2

Thurs 28th - An Audience with Martin Hayes






1-2pm DIT IRISH TRADITIONAL & EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE City Hall 6.30-8pm CELEBRATING TRADITION SESSION The Graphic Studio Gallery 8.00pm DeBARRA City Hall 8.30pm MARC O’REILLY & THE HARD GROUND St. Werburgh’s Church 8.30pm TRAD AGAINST RACISM St. Michan’s Church 8.30pm HOTHOUSE FLOWERS St. Patricks Cathedral MUSIC TRAIL: Various locations & times See pages 60-61 for details


1pm - 2pm LEONARD BARRY City Hall 6pm THE DUBLIN LEGENDS The Oliver St John Gogarty - Library Bar 6pm MUNDY The Merchant’s Arch 6pm THE KILKENNYS The Foggy Dew 6pm PADDY CASEY Buskers Bar 6pm ELEANOR McEVOY The Morgan Bar 8pm THE IRISH CONCERTINA ENSEMBLE City Hall KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN St. Werburgh’s Church 8.30pm 8.30pm MICK FLANNERY St. Michan’s Church 8.30pm SWEENEY’S MEN St. Patrick’s Cathedral 10.30pm THE LOWGROUND Live at the Hub at the Vat House 11.20pm YE VAGABONDS Live at the Hub at the Vat House 00.10am NA TONNTA Live at the Hub at the Vat House MUSIC TRAIL: Various locations & times See pages 60-61 for details FAMILY HUB AT THE ARK: See pages 64-66 for details

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DAY BY DAY 6pm MUNDY The Porterhouse 6pm THE KILKENNYS Oliver St. John Gogarty’s - Library Bar 6pm PADDY CASEY The Norseman 6pm ELEANOR McEVOY The Auld Dubliner 8.30pm CARA DILLON & BAND St. Michan’s Church 8.30pm DANÚ St. Werburgh’s Church 6.30pm l’air du temps/the spirit of the times Christ Church Cathedral 8.30pm LIAM O’FLYNN, MÍCHEÁL Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN, PADDY GLACKIN & NEIL MARTIN St. Patrick’s Cathedral 8.30pm THE UNDERTONES The Button Factory 8.30pm CHILDVISION BENEFIT City Hall 10.30pm CILLIAN KING & CILLIAN DOHENY Live at the Hub at the Vat House 11.20pm OLD HANNAH Live at the Hub at the Vat House 0.10am ARUM Live at the Hub at the Vat House MUSIC TRAIL: Various locations & times See pages 60-61 for details FAMILY HUB AT THE ARK: See pages 64-66 for details


10.30am TRADFEST MUSIC CONFERENCE St. Catherine’s Church 10.30am IMRO SHOWCASES St. Catherine’s Church 12pm CHILDVISION PETTING FARM Temple Bar Square & Central Bank Plaza 12pm CHILDREN’S CEILÍ The National Wax Museum Plus 12pm CLAYOTIC WORKSHOP FilmBase various LIIMERICK CITY PIPE BAND The Streets of Temple Bar 12pm FAMILY CONCERTS at CITY HALL 12pm BANJO WORKSHOP City Hall 12pm / 1pm / 2pm BODHRÁN EXPERIENCE® FilmBase 1pm CELEBRATING TRADITION The Graphic Studio Gallery 2pm FILM: ‘A CURIOUS LIFE’ Irish Film Institute 8pm MATT MOLLOY, JOHN CARTY & ARTY McGLYNN City Hall 8.30pm KARINE POLWART St. Michan’s Church 8.30pm CODA St. Werburgh’s Church 8.30pm LEVELLERS St. Patrick’s Cathedral DONOVAN The Printworks at Dublin Castle 8.30pm /TempleBarTradFest





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8.30pm BEOGA & BIG BAND The Button Factory 10.30pm TWIN HEADED WOLF Live at the Hub at the Vat House 11.20pm THE LONGTAILS Live at the Hub at the Vat House 0.10am RACKHOUSE PILFER Live at the Hub at the Vat House MUSIC TRAIL: Various locations & times See pages 60-61 for details FAMILY HUB AT THE ARK: See pages 64-66 for details


11am IMRO SONG WRITING MASTERCLASS WITH MUNDY Filmbase 12pm CHILDREN’S CEILÍ The National Wax Museum Plus 12pm CLAYOTIC WORKSHOP FilmBase 12pm CHILDVISION PETTING FARM Temple Bar Square & Central Bank Plaza various LIMERICK CITY PIPE BAND The Streets of Temple Bar 12pm FAMILY CONCERTS at CITY HALL see pages 63/64 for details 12pm BANJO WORKSHOP City Hall 1pm BRAY GOSPEL CHOIR St. Michan’s Church 2pm ‘THE LONG ROAD TO GLENTIES’ Irish Film Institute 2pm IMRO MUSIC MASTERCLASS WITH JOHN CARTY Filmbase 4pm THE DUBLIN LEGENDS The Old Storehouse 4pm MUNDY Fitzsimon’s of Temple Bar 4pm THE KILKENNYS The Palace Bar 4pm PADDY CASEY The Temple Bar 4pm ELEANOR McEVOY The Front Lounge 5pm CANDLEMAS PROCESSION Christ Church Cathedral 6pm LYNCHED St. Michan’s Church 8:30pm TRADFEST GALA CONCERT WITH JOHN SHEAHAN, DECLAN O’ROURKE, DAMIEN DEMPSEY & SUSAN MCKEOWN The Printworks at Dublin Castle MUSIC TRAIL: Various locations & times See pages 60-61 for details FAMILY HUB AT THE ARK: See pages 64-66 for details


Earagail Arts Festival The Abbey on Tour, Belfast

Boyle Arts Festival Westport Festival of Chamber Music Clifden Community Arts Festival Cúirt International Festival, Galway

Dublin Theatre Festival

Limerick City of Culture

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Listowel Writers’ Week Wexford Festival Opera

Cork Folk Festival Ballydehob Jazz Festival

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