TradFest Temple Bar Program 2019

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Our chosen venues are historical landmarks, many dating back 1000 years. They are not purpose-built theatres and some sight lines 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.



Our box office at Festival House, 12 Essex St. E, is open daily from 12 till 6pm. You can buy tickets, ask our staff for directions and other information. TEAM TRADFEST Chairman: Noel Dempsey CEO: Martin Harte Artistic Director: Kieran Hanrahan Director of Marketing & Events: Claudine Murray Events & Operations Executives: Ciara Brady, Ania Schuler 2

Production: Acoustik Productions Public Relations: O'Doherty Communications Festival Design: Mr & Mrs Stevens

All details are correct at time of print TradFest Temple Bar has a no refund or exchange policy on all tickets purchased. Festival organisers reserve the right to make programme changes should circumstances dictate.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE Please contact TradFest Temple Bar if you require special assistance.

Some of our venues are wheelchair accessible but staff need to be notified in advance.

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Meet the team that makes TradFest happen - the hardworking, event planning, venue booking, ideas bouncing, coffee drinking, jig dancing, crisis managing supergroup of seven!



CLAUDINE MURRAY Director Marketing & Events



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At Tradfest we live for the live music experience, it’s about feeling the melody and becoming the beat! We believe that all kinds of traditional music are as much about expression as heritage, about a shared articulation of emotion. We’ve been celebrating the broad spectrum of Trad Without Frontiers since 2006 to become Ireland’s biggest festival of its kind and our 2019 programme looks set to push the boundaries yet again. We are proud to feature legends of genres ranging from pure trad to folk and world music, national and international artists and performers.

Pepper Canister Church, the historic City Assembly House and newly refurbished Richmond Barracks. 2019 also sees the return of our perennially popular intimate Front Row Sessions as well as a jampacked Fringe programme with something for all ages. For the second year we are partnering with Milwaukee Irish Fest to give one of our Live at the Hub performers the chance to travel to the U.S to play at a festival which attracts over 120,000 visitors annually. Join us to feel every note in the embrace of melody and the heartbeat of rhythm…

Our events are colour-coded so you can easily find what you're looking for:

We continue to celebrate our love of unique and iconic venues with the addition of the wonderful

The TradFest Team





The cream of both Irish & International trad & folk artists in iconic Dublin venues.

Free concerts in intimate settings, up close and personal. Tickets are FREE


Discover up-and-coming acts at our late night club, and explore daily music sessions throughout the great pubs of Temple Bar. All FREE!

Don't forget to visit our website for more details and to book tickets.


Fun for all the family; children’s craft club, family concerts, children’s trad & céilí sessions and more!

There is so much more than just Trad to be had! - enjoy our film-screenings, workshops, masterclasses & much more.

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WED 23rd January Doors 12.30pm / Show 1pm City Hall €9.99

WED 23rd January Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm City Hall €24.99


Brenda Castles comes from a rich tradition of music in Co. Meath, having learned concertina from Rena Traynor (née Crotty) and concertina maestro, Mícheál Ó’Raghallaigh. Growing up, there was plenty of music and dancing in the house. Her father Noel plays banjo and her mother Lily has been known to participate in the odd set dance. Younger siblings Emily and Paul play fiddle and uileann pipes. She has several All Ireland Fleadh titles to her name both in solo and group competitions. Music has brought her around the world to far flung destinations including Hong Kong, Mongolia and Iceland. Brenda is currently based in Dublin city centre, where she regularly performs and teaches music. She released her acclaimed debut solo album, ‘Indeedin You Needn’t Bother’ in December of 2016. With regard to her upcoming show at TradFest 2019 – indeedin you should bother!

From North Connemara, Liz and Yvonne Kane are deeply respected musicians and educators. Educated in Kylemore Abbey School, they were taught music by their grandfather, local fiddle player, Jimmy Mullen and Mary Finn, a Co.Sligo player of great renown. They toured globally as members of Sharon Shannon’s band and are featured artists on Sharon’s album ‘The Diamond Mountain Sessions’. Following this the girls embarked on their own musical journey recording their debut CD entitled ‘The Well Tempered Bow’. The Friel Sisters, Anna, Sheila and Clare are young traditional musicians born and raised in Glasgow with family roots stretching directly to the Donegal Gaeltacht. They achieve an enchanting blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes. Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed in various prestigious venues and festivals across Europe. Clare received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Ceoiltóir Óg/Young Musician of the Year in 2018. 9

AILBHE REDDY / LOAH / SIVE WED 23rd January Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm Pepper Canister Church €15.99


Ailbhe Reddy has been making huge waves in Ireland after releasing her debut EP 'Hollowed Out Sea', which included her break out single 'Distrust' that garnered critical acclaim and over 2 million streams on Spotify. She went on to feature on almost every major Irish festival line up in 2016. Loah is an artist of Irish and Sierra Leonean descent who grew up between Ireland and West Africa. In what has been a phenomenal first couple of years in action, she has released several stunning singles including 'Nothing' and 'Take It' with Irish producer Bantum and co-written with Hozier. Sive is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with a voice that “sweeps along, displaying folk and jazz nuances”. Her unique sound weaves together her love for songwriting craft with a unique zeal for experimentation and intricate arrangements. She released her first album of original material, 'We Are Moving', in 2012.

LINDISFARNE WED 23rd January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm St. Patrick's Cathedral €34.99

Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne return to form with a classic five-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar. With a repertoire of unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none. LINDISFARNE’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get the crowd on its feet and singing along. This is a group who give their all every time they step on stage.


RÉ PLUS SUPPORT KERN WED 23rd January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm The Workman's Club €21.99


RÉ 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. Namely - Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper, Cormac Begley on concertina, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Peter O'Toole from The Hothouse Flowers. KERN are fresh from high-profile appearances at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann and Fleadh TV and a US trip to play shows at the enormous Milwaukee Irish Fest. The band’s live set includes tracks from their album, the critically-acclaimed False Deceiver, which was produced by Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys). The band comprises champion fiddler Barry Kieran, uilleann-piper Brendan McCreanor and singer/songwriter SJ McArdle.

THE LOST BROTHERS WED 23rd January Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm St. Michan's Church €24.99 Working in partnership with IMRO The Lost Brothers will be supported by up and coming artist CORNER BOY

For the past decade The Lost Brothers have proven themselves to be one of the finest and hardest working bands around. With five highly acclaimed albums under their belt they have worked alongside and been championed by the likes of Richard Hawley, Brendan Benson and Lee Mavers 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 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. Wherever they go we are happy to follow. 13

MARK REDMOND & PATRICK FITZPATRICK THUR 24th January Doors 12.30pm / Show 1pm City Hall €9.99


Mark Redmond can boast vast experience as a performer on the uilleann pipes in a traditional context but also in a wide range of genres. He has performed as a soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra; RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and on the occasion of the state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in 2011. At the Eucharistic Congress in 2012, Mark played solo at Croke Park in front of over 80,000. Pat Fitzpatrick started playing music when he was aged 7 in the local pipe band. After some years immersed in the pipe band world he looked to traditional Irish music, he joined the Army School of Music at the age of 18 and spent 10 years playing clarinet in the No 1 Army Band. In 1990 he joined the band of An Garda Síochána where he is still presently employed. Pat loves playing all types of music but traditional Irish music is his true passion.

BRÍD HARPER & ARTY MCGLYNN/ SEÁNA DAVEY & STEPHEN DOHERTY THUR 24th January Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm City Hall €24.99

Bríd Harper is an Irish traditional fiddle player from Castlefinn, Co. Donegal and now living near Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Encouraged by her parents she grew up learning and playing Irish traditional music with her sisters. She has been hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time. Arty McGlynn is an Irish guitarist born in Omagh, County Tyrone. In addition to his solo work, he has collaborated with different notable groups such as Patrick Street, Planxty, Four Men and a Dog, De Dannan and the Van Morrison Band. Seána Davey from Meath began learning the harp and then piano, continuing her studies through the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is a five-time All Ireland champion on the harp. Mayo-born Stephen Doherty began learning music at the age of 4 and went on to accumulate numerous All-Ireland medals on whistle, bodhrán, drums and accordion. Their subsequent individual accomplishments are simply too numerous to note. 15




THUR 24th January Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm Pepper Canister Church €15.99

THUR 24th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm St. Patrick's Cathedral €34.99


As the (very recognisable) son of legendary Dubliner Ronnie Drew, actor and musician Phelim Drew realises that he has some very big shoes to fill. Growing up he says he was in awe of “the electricity generated by a Dubliners show”. Ten years after Ronnie’s passing, Phelim has returned to his musical legacy and the wealth of material has reawakened not only a sense of pride but also a new sense of appreciation. With the upcoming show at St Stephen’s Church (Pepper Canister) Phelim will be singing some of the songs made famous by Ronnie, Luke, Barney, Ciaran and John as well as other personal favourites by other artists including The Pogues and Paul Brady. A man with a big voice and a bigger personality, we are thrilled to have Phelim in the line-up for TradFest 2019!

With their fiftieth anniversary approaching and a work rate to put many younger artists to shame, Steeleye Span (led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior and featuring a new seven-piece line up) return to the road for an extensive tour which will culminate in their TradFest show. The performance will also see them perform new tracks alongside the stalwart classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. The fact that their fanbase has remained so devout through the years says everything about this evergreen outfit. Some bands sell-out. Steeleye Span just sell out shows…




THUR 24th January Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm The Workman's Club €19.99

THUR 24th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm St. Michan's Church €15.99


Describing his first solo record for nine years as “the most free I’ve felt making a record since my debut Small Moments”, David Kitt’s sense of freedom is bound up in themes of renewal, movement, and a constant reshaping of his musical preoccupations. The last number of years have seen him touring and recording as a member of Tindersticks, producing other musicians’ work, exploring techno, disco and house under his New Jackson moniker, remixing everyone from Shit Robot to The XX. Inni-K has garnered consistent praise for her distinct, fresh style since the release of acclaimed debut album ‘The King has Two Horse’s Ears’ in 2015. Her folk background is always identifiable but clearly this is an artist not afraid to explore into new musical territories. InniK’s mesmerising vocals offset with tight musicianship and arresting stage craft create a musical experience, rich with spine-tingling tenderness.

Dori Freeman grew up in Appalachia to a family of bluegrass musicians, raised on a diet of Doc Watson and the Louvin Brothers. In 2016 The New York Times named Freeman’s self-titled debut - an achingly beautiful collection of folk and country songs recorded in three days - as one of the best albums of 2016. A grounded 26 year old, she states her goal as to “try to make good music and hope people listen to it”. Her sophomore effort, ‘Letters Never Read’ is lighter in tone (which she puts down to her marriage to fellow musician Nick Falk), and features guest appearances from the mighty Richard Thompson and Aoife O’Donovan. Support to this beguiling artist comes from Dublin’s own Bluegrass dude Niall Toner. Raised on a diet of Hank Williams, when he discovered the music of Bill Monroe, the die was cast. Many bands and records later, Mr Toner is proof positive that ‘it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at’. 19

MARTHA GUINEY & AISLING LYONS FRI 25th January Doors 12:30pm / Show 1pm City Hall €9.99


Martha Guiney is a flute and whistle player from County Down, in the north of Ireland. Under the direction of Sligo born flute prodigy Seamus Transey, Martha has been immersed in the Irish Traditional Music scene from an early age. As a soloist, Martha has performed on BBC Radio Ulster's Folk Club and she is currently completing an M.A. in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. Aisling Lyons is an 8 times All-Ireland Champion harpist & concertina player from County Clare. Aisling grew up in a musical home and also went on to study music at the Irish World Academy. She is a much sought after teacher in Ireland and abroad. Though her style is deeply rooted in Traditional Irish Music, Aisling's playing has been influenced by the folk, contemporary & world music sounds of her surroundings in Limerick. This concert is in association with Milwaukee Irish Fest.

LIZ CARROLL & JIMMY KEANE FRI 25th January Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm City Hall €24.99

Liz Carroll is an Irish fiddler, composer and recording artist and the first Irish-American musician to be nominated for a Grammy. She has featured on thirteen albums and has appeared on many more. Irish accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane's accomplishments are boundless. He has achieved astonishing and unprecedented success in competitive playing, having won five consecutive All-Ireland titles on the piano accordion. He has always been an avid collector and arranger of old tunes and is becoming increasingly known for his original compositions. Composer and musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin has praised Keane as the "savior of the piano accordion.” This is a wonderful opportunity to hear two of the greatest traditional musicians from the US. This concert is in association with Milwaukee Irish Fest.


THE BLACK FEATHERS &THE ONCE FRI 25th January Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm Pepper Canister Church €15.99


The Black Feathers, formed in 2012 and made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are a couple who first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects. Their ability to write songs that feel both modern and ancient is a rare thing indeed. Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have written themselves into that story. On their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they've always done so well: stun listeners.

CARLOS NÚÑEZ FRI 25th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm Dublin Castle €34.99 This event will be filmed for broadcast. Your attendance is taken as permission to be filmed.

When the Los Angeles Times suggested that “if it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” it may have been an understatement. Few pop stars pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into their concerts and recordings as Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez does. He is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest, Atlantic Ocean-abutting region rich in vibrant, uniquely expressive Celtic traditional music. Born in 1971 and raised in the Galician port of Vigo, where he initially picked up the gaita at age eight, Carlos both embodies and reflects the irrepressible spirit of his native music. Like The Chieftains, who became Ireland’s foremost ambassadors of Irish traditional music by spreading its appeal internationally, Carlos Núñez has become Galicia’s foremost traditional music ambassador by doing the same. 23



FRI 25th January Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm St. Michan's Church €21.99

FRI 25th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm Button Factory €15.99

Working in partnership with IMRO Cathy Davey will be supported by exciting newcomer OSCAR BLUE


Stripping it right back to the bare bones, Cathy Davey will perform songs from her fifth and latest album 'Live at Dublin Unitarian Church,' which captures the magic of Cathy’s music with pared-down versions of hit favourites ‘Sing For Your Supper’, ‘Little Red’ and ‘Moving’, with Cathy joined by two of her closest musical allies, Derren Dempsey on guitar and Stephen Kiernan on drums. Never one to rest on her laurels, Cathy has been steadily writing and recording new music ever since being signed to Parlophone back in 1999. ‘Tales of Silversleeve, released in 2007 garnerd her a Meteor Music Prize for Best Irish Female while 2010’s ‘The Nameless’ was a number one hit. Fans on the night will also be treated to brand new music, never heard before live, which makes this TradFest show exclusive and not to be missed!

Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies are known to bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and barrooms far and wide. The release of their second album “And Don’t Spare The Horses” on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best-loved emerging artists from Ireland. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in five countries. They’ve toured Ireland, Britain, The Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival.




FRI 25th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm St. Patrick's Cathedral €34.99

SAT 26th January Doors 12.30pm / Show 1pm Pepper Canister Church €12.99


Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,” Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two Grammy wins, four CMA Awards, four number one country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits). The dream almost ended, though, when Mattea entered her 50s and began to find her voice changing, a time that she describes as her “dark night of the soul”. Instead, Mattea dug in with a vocal coach, re-committed to her music, and emerged with the most poignant album of her career, ‘Pretty Bird’, produced with her old friend Tim O’Brien. We are honoured to welcome one of country and Americana music’s most enduring and beloved figures.

Martin Harley is a lavishly talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album was recorded in Nashville in collaboration with Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in playing lap slide. Come along to witness a musician at the height of his powers. Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright who has been at the centre of the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online, most notably ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by The St. Patrick’s Festival. He has performed extensively at top venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, and the London Palladium. His debut collection, Fear Not, was published by Arlen House in the Spring of 2018. 27



SAT 26th January Doors 12:30pm / Show 1pm City Assembly House €12.99

SAT 26th January Doors 3.30pm / Show 4pm Rathfarnham Castle €14.99


Sibéal Ní Chasaide’s voice has been described by critics as ‘the voice that stirred a nation – a young singer who brought the words of Patrick Pearse to life’. Her live performance of ‘Mise Éire’ as part of RTÉ’s ‘1916 Centenary’ concert captured the hearts of audiences in Ireland and throughout the world and has won her critical acclaim from her peers. From a famed musical family in the Rathcarn Gaeltacht of Co. Meath, she is a member of the next generation of the renowned Ó Casaide family, known as Na Casaidigh. Sibéal’s singing is deeply rooted in the rich tradition of sean-nós as well as other more classical and contemporary influences. She has also performed in London, New York and Toronto. Sibéal has signed an international recording contract with Universal and will release an EP and CD in the near future.

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre bring to the stage unique arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new. The husband and wife folk duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in a way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments. Their mesmerising musical interaction on-stage really needs to be experienced to be believed. They are without doubt one of the finest folk duos playing today.


ELEANOR MCEVOY PLUS SUPPORT ANNA MIEKE SAT 26th January Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm Pepper Canister Church €19.99


Eleanor McEvoy came to prominence in 1992 when her song "A Woman's Heart" was released as the lead single for the anthology album of the same name which became the best-selling album in Irish history. Graduating from Trinity College Dublin School of Music, she then spent five years as a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland before embarking on her songwriting career. We are honoured to have her in the line-up for TradFest 2019 where she will play songs inspired by nineteenth century Irish poet Thomas Moore. Anna Mieke is a musician, songwriter and composer hailing from the hills of County Wicklow. She composes and performs on guitar and bouzouki, as well as cello and piano in other projects. She has spent much of her life travelling, and draws on these experiences for songwriting inspiration. She has also spent time focusing on traditional Irish music such as Sean-nós singing, fiddle and cello.

ANDY IRVINE SAT 26th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm Rathfarnham Castle €19.99

Andy Irvine has enjoyed a long and successful career as a traditional Irish musician. He has travelled the world as a solo artist and as a member of legendary Irish groups such as Planxty and Patrick Street and more recently Mozaik. Throughout his extensive career he has maintained and developed the qualities in his music, which endear him to his audience and fellow musicians alike. Early on he travelled through Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, studying the music traditions and styles of these nations. It was these journeys, which led him to adopt the bouzouki in his performance. His constant touring is testament to the fact that he is still as passionate about his music as when he began. Andy was the recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTÉ Radio1 Folk Awards As a musician and a living icon, Andy Irvine will remain in the Irish music scene for a long time to come. 31



SAT 26th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm St. Patrick's Cathedral €34.99

SAT 26th January Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm St. Michan's Church €19.99


Of all the stars in Folk Music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A career which spans over 25 years in music showcases her as one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs and one of our most emotive original songwriters. Forever proud to call herself a folk singer, Kate’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resorting to compromise. Audiences are sure to be thoroughly entertained by Kate’s choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over her two decades of music making, together with a selection of songs from her latest studio album ‘Life in a Paper Boat’.

Working in partnership with IMRO Jim Page will be supported by rising artist LōWLI

Jim Page was born in California in 1949 and grew up in the 1960’s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The music and artistic experimentation of those days left a lasting impression on him. The politics and social awareness was a part of everything that was going on and it has stayed that way in Jim’s music. In 1975 Jim recorded his first album of original music, a vinyl LP called “A Shot Of The Usual,”released on his own label. Two other albums followed in rapid succession. In 1977 Jim journeyed to the UK and performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival. The response was instant and overwhelming and he has never looked back. His performances at Lisdoonvarna Folk Festival in the 1980's are legendary. Jim continues to write, perform and experiment with form and ensemble, and his songs continue to be pertinent and expressive of our times. To quote the late Utah Phillips: “If you’re ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from.” 33


DANÚ / THE MCGOLDRICK TRIO / THE GREEN FIELDS OF AMERICA SAT 26th January Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm Dublin Castle €42.99 This event will be filmed for broadcast. Your attendance is taken as permission to be filmed.


Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles performing today. For over 2 decades Danú's virtuosic players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English) have delighted audiences worldwide. Steeped in family and Manchester tradition, Mike McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly embody what went before them. They have developed and shaped their own attractive, influential style that is popular wherever Irish music is appreciated. Joining them will be guitarist Tony Byrne from Dublin. The Green Fields of America is a widely acclaimed touring group, formed in 1978 by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. Since that time the line-up has changed but the concept has remained constant - to showcase in one major ensemble some of Irish America's finest musicians and dancers. This years TradGala will be a very special night.

RADIE PEAT SUN 27th January Doors 12.30pm / Show 1pm Pepper Canister Church €12.99

Radie Peat is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Dublin whose work centres largely around traditional and folk music from Ireland and the English speaking world. In addition to singing she also plays concertina, harmonium, guitar, and tin whistle, having started playing at the tender age of five. She has come to prominence most recently through her work with traditional folk group Lankum, as well as with the threepiece group Rue whose music focuses more on the American tradition. She is also very highly regarded as a solo singer in her own right, having been invited in recent years as a guest singer to the Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar and ‘The Night Before Larry Got Stretched’ and Góilín traditional singers circles in Dublin.


JOHN SHEAHAN & MICHAEL HOWARD SUN 27th January Doors 1.30pm / Show 2pm Richmond Barracks €14.99


John Sheahan is one of Ireland’s best known musicians. Born in Dublin in 1939, he was a member of The Dubliners from 1964 to 2012. He has played with musicians the world over and has guested on numerous folk, traditional and rock recordings. His own compositions, among them The Marino Waltz and Autumn in Paris, have become essential elements of the Irish musical repertoire. Michael Howard is a guitarist, composer and songwriter equally at home in musical genres as diverse as classical, traditional, folk and blues. While studying classical guitar in London he met the record producer Tony Visconti who encouraged him to write music for theatre, film and documentary productions. The collaboration with John Sheahan goes back many years and has resulted in the recording of their critically acclaimed album "In Our Own Time”. It really doesn’t get much better than this folks…

CAOIMHÍN Ó RAGHALLAIGH SUN 27th January Doors 3.30pm / Show 4pm Rathfarnham Castle €14.99

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in various duos, and as a member of two bands, 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 New York’s Lincoln Center. He has released sixteen recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to 'fairly out there’, and continues to explore that region where traditional music begins to ‘disintegrate’. Caoimhín is known as a collaborator, having worked with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Amiina and Vincent Moon. He has made music for theatre and film, including music for the Oscar-nominated movie Brooklyn and Volker Schlondorff’s Return to Montauk.




SUN 27th January Doors 4.30pm / Show 5pm City Assembly House €14.99

SUN 27th January Doors 6.30pm / Show 7pm Dublin Castle €34.99


Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of the most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, and performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Since then he has toured the UK, and played at festivals in Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and more. In February 2018 he toured with the all-star Transatlantic Sessions in major venues across the UK. Daoirí is currently recording the follow-up to ‘True Born Irishman’, which is being produced by Dónal Lunny. We can’t wait to hear it.

Dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the Stratocaster: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. 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.” Teddy released his first, self titled album in 2000. Laura Cortese grew up in San Francisco and moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. It’s been with her band, The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impact. Their sound is schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and drenched in glorious, sweet vocal harmonies.


FREDDIE WHITE SUN 27th January Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm Pepper Canister Church €19.99

Freddie White has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970’s and his albums continue to sell well amongst his loyal and newfound fan base. Born in Cobh, Co. Cork into a musical family, by age 17 he was playing professionally. At 19, he moved to London, were he busked in subways, and developed his unique voice and guitar style. In 1974, he founded ‘Scullion’, together with Philip King and Sonny Condell. Later he formed ‘The Fake’, regarded as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late ’70’s. He has never ceased recording and performing new material and reinterpreting the songs of others with a magical touch. For TradFest 2019 new songs will feature alongside Freddie’s classics from his 40-year career as a principal in the orchestra of Irish folk and rock music.

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THE FUREYS SESSION 1: THU 24th - 6pm The Arlington SESSION 2: FRI 25th - 6pm Oliver St John Gogarty Library Bar €3.99


Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for such hit songs as ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘The Old Man’ and ‘Red Rose Café’ will perform in concert as part of the Front Row Sessions at TradFest 2019. This storied band have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 39 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul II. 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 and encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age. Expect things to get emotional! 43



SESSION 1: THU 24th - 6pm The Porterhouse

THU 24th - 6pm Buskers

SESSION 2: SAT 26th - 4pm The Norseman SESSION 3: SUN 27th - 4pm The Old Storehouse €3.99


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. 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 record twelve albums, each one highlighting the excitement, drive and virtuosity of each individual in the band. They return to TradFest with Mike Hanrahan, Tommy Hayes, Paul Roche, Tola Custy, Paul McSherry and Karol Lynch.


Ryan O’Shaughnessy was born in Dublin 1992 into a musical family. When he was 8 years old an opportunity arose for Ryan to play the character Mark in RTE’s Fair City, a role he held for almost a decade. By 17 music became a priority for the North County Dublin native, and he left the hit TV soap to begin a career in music. Ryan studied songwriting at BIMM Dublin in 2012 and penned his first collection of songs. Prior to the release of these songs, Ryan appeared on the finals of both 'The Voice of Ireland' and 'Britains Got Talent' in the same year. In his opening audition on Britains Got Talent, Ryan performed his self penned song ‘No Name’ which has accumulated over 45 million hits on YouTube. He represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Together" finishing 16th. His debut EP reached No.1 in Ireland for 2 consecutive months while he toured the length and breath of The UK and Ireland. 45



SESSION 1: THU 24th - 6pm The Mint Bar, The Westin Hotel

SESSION 1: THU 24th - 6pm The Temple Bar

SESSION 2: FRI 25th - 6pm Fitzsimons €3.99

The Young Folk primarily consists of a creative triangle with Anthony Furey at its apex joined by Paul Butler and Tony McLoughlin as singer/songwriters of exceptional talent in their own right. The trio are joined by Alex Borwick for most of their live shows enabling TYF to fully flex their musical muscle. The Young Folk are signed to UK’s Pixie Pace Records – an imprint label of the leading world and folk music label, ARC Music – through which they released their debut album worldwide, The Little Battle in 2014 which went straight into No 2 in the Dutch charts and top 10 in Irish charts.

SESSION 2: SAT 26th - 3pm The Auld Dubliner SESSION 3: SUN 27th - 4pm The Oliver St John Gogarty, Library Bar

Paddy Casey received his first guitar when he was 12 and left home soon after and began busking and gigging. He has been to the forefront of the Irish music scene since his debut album came out in 1999 Amen (So Be It). Casey returned in 2003 with the multi-platinum album, Living. It spawned the Irish chart hits Saints and Sinners, The Lucky One, Bend Down Low and Want It Can’t Have It. Living spent the majority of the year in the top ten, climbing to the top of the charts 21 weeks after its initial release. In 2004 he won his first of two consecutive Meteor Irish Music Awards for Best Irish Male.





THE KILKENNYS SESSION 1: THU 24th - 6pm The Auld Dubliner SESSION 2: FRI 25th - 6pm The Merchant’s Arch SESSION 3: SUN 27th - 4pm The Palace €3.99


The Kilkennys have been going strong for almost two decades, ‘but don’t tell anyone’ says founding member Davey Cashin. Initially called Uisce Beatha before they decided to change their name in 2008 for something more recognisable and ‘pronounceable’. Drawing influence from The Dubliners, they named themselves for their home county and haven’t looked back since. Although Davey, Robbie and Tommy Mackey remain the founding members, new recruit Mick Martin has been brought in to bring the uileann pipes to the band’s sound. That sound has evolved over the years into a unique high-energy hybrid of folk and trad that always generates a huge amount of audience participation.

STOCKTON’S WING WITH LES BARKER FRI 25th - 8pm The Workman’s Club €6.99

Stockton’s Wing began their musical odyssey in the town of 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. Far too many to recount here. This is a group of musicians unrivalled in both virtuosity and passion. On a different note, Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He’s written more than 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don’t quite believe what they’ve just heard. His is an utterly unique (and hilarious) talent. 49



SESSION 1: SAT 26th - 4pm The Oliver St. John Gogarty, Library Bar

SESSION 1: SAT 26th - 4pm The Old Storehouse

SESSION 2: SUN 27th - 4pm The Oak €3.99


Donegal sisters , Karen, Lorna and Joleen are collectively known as The Henry Girls. Nurtured musically by their celtic roots, their sound is not bound by them. They have found a way to personalise their music and steeped as they are in tradition they successfully nourish the seeds of old with a bright, refreshing approach. They have a knack for creating authentic original material rich in traditional values. Their tight three part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, piano and a few more in-between!

SESSION 2: SUN 27th - 3pm The Arlington, O'Connell Bridge €1.99

Drops of Green are a band of four young Irish men hailing from Laois, Kilkenny, and Waterford. Formed in early 2015, they are quickly building a fan base both home and abroad. Combining a vast array of instrumentation with blissful four part harmonies, they cover all of your favorite Irish melodies within the shows set list. Bringing their own unique and modern style to all of these classic Irish ballads, along with a wealth of tradition, storytelling and passion, their show is a must see for Irish music fans young and old alike.



SESSION 2: SUN 27th - 3pm The Porterhouse €1.99


Dubliner Brian Furlong has been playing guitar, bass and whistle for as long as he can remember. His musical journey began with The Billy Barry stage school and performing in pantomime at the The Gaiety Theatre. At 15 years of age he started joining sessions with the likes of Sean Og McKenna and Liam Rowsome and the trad spark became a flame. He has gone on to play with many Irish trad legends. Kevin Glackin comes from a famly whose name is synonymous with Irish traditional music. His father Tom who came from West Donegal was one of a small bunch of musicians that helped keep traditional music alive in Dublin during the fifties and sixties. Kevin began playing fiddle aged 6 and by his late teens he was in big demand as a performer and teacher. Kevin is currently involved in different musical projects in various areas such as recording, performing, and education. He currently lectures at the conservatory of music and drama, D.I.T on traditional music performance.

THE COLONIALS SESSION 1: THU 24th - 6pm The Oliver St. John Gogarty, Library Bar SESSION 2: FRI 25th - 6pm The Norseman

SESSION 3: SAT 26th - 4pm The Merchant's Arch SESSION 4: SUN 27th - 3pm The Temple Bar

Veterans of the Irish music scene The Colonials have rolled out their high-energy performances to huge crowds all over Europe and the Middle East for the past 30 years. Following their appearances in big-budget movies such as "Leap Year" starring Amy Adams and Brendan O'Carroll's "Agnes Browne" the band developed a worldwide audience. Fiddle player and songwriter Ger Doyle's song "I Can't Dance" achieved chart success in Europe resulting in numerous TV appearances and was later recorded by Stocktons Wing. Singer/guitarist Patrick O'Gorman previously toured with Dick Farrelly and Paul Moore, members of the Van Morrison band. Banjo player Anthony "Titch" Warde was awarded a gold disc for "Dancing At The Crossroads" which was a number 1 hit in Ireland in 1996. Don't miss this chance to witness The Colonials in a rare Dublin appearance!





SAT 26th 4pm Fitzsimons

SAT 26th 4pm The Oak



Powerful and rhythmical with a colossal sound, the SuperCéilí show has to be seen to be believed. Using acoustic instruments and an array of electronics, Peter Staunton and Niamh VarianBarry seamlessly transition from lively polkas and reels to electronic dance hits spanning all the way back to the ‘90s to keep the dance floor bouncing. Come with an open mind and leave with an open mouth.


Singer songwriter, Susan O'Neil, is blessed with a voice that has been compared to Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin. In recent years Susan has been touring her debut solo album ‘Found Myself Lost’ across festival stages throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. A future superstar.



SUSAN O'NEILL Thurs 24th Jan 10:30 - 11:00pm

This singer songwriter is blessed with a voice that has been compared to Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin. In recent years Susan has been touring her debut solo album ‘Found Myself Lost’ across festival stages throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. A future superstar.


THE OLIVER HUGHES TRADFEST BURSARY AWARD DATE: Thurs 24th & Fri 25th January TIME: See individual gig listings in the following pages VENUE: The Old Storehouse (downstairs), Crown Alley ENTRY: Free Our Live At The Hub concerts have become an important part of TradFest, introducing new music to agents and managers, potentially propelling performers to the next level of their career. All acts selected for our showcases have a unique sound and talent, and most importantly, passion and love for their music. In memory of the late Oliver Hughes we have established The Oliver Hughes TradFest Bursary. As Chairman of The Temple Bar

Company Oliver was committed to not only establishing TradFest but also in making it a success. Oliver was an enormous music enthusiast and we see no greater tribute to him than in helping future artists on their own journey to a successful music career. This year we are delighted to continue our collaboration with Milwaukee Irish Fest, one of the world’s largest celebrations of Irish and Celtic music with over 100,000 visitors each year. In 2019 TradFest and Milwaukee Irish Fest are joining forces. A judging panel representing both festivals will choose the best Live at the Hub performance and the winning act will perform at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2019 and TradFest 2020.

DROPS OF GREEN Thurs 24th Jan 11.20 - 11:50pm

Drops Of Green are a band of four young men hailing from Laois, Kilkenny and Waterford. Formed in early 2015, they are quickly building a fan base both at home and abroud. Combining expert instrumentation with blissful four part harmonies, they cover favourite Irish melodies bringing their own unique, modern style to the classics. They are a must see.

Come along, show your support and witness the future stars of trad and folk in action.

THE CONIFERS Thurs 24th Jan 00.10 - 00:40am

The conifers strive to remain true to a traditional repertoire of Clare, Sliabh Luachra and Donegal. The five members met while studying traditional music at the University of Limerick and won the Michigan Irish Music Initiative 2018 competition. This gave them the opportunity to perform at Michigan Irish Music Festival. A band on the rise! 56


LISA LOUGHREY Fri 25th Jan 10:30 - 11:00pm

Singer and songwriter Lisa Loughrey, began making music just five years ago as the front woman of Dublin band, The Mariannes. Having recently embarked upon a solo expedition, Lisa was selected to headline the Whelan’s Trad & Folk Festival. She received the Clancy Brothers inaugural songwriting award and recently released her debut EP ‘Plans and Schemes’. An exciting talent.

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MULES & MEN Fri 25th Jan 11:20 - 11:50pm

This Irish four piece band based out of Dublin are pioneers of the Celtgrass scene. Bound together by a shared love of folk and bluegrass, Mules and Men have been reinterpreting these classic sounds into a unique and contemporary style of their own. With three part harmonies, blazing string playing and inspired original material, they are a truly mesmerizing act.

HOODMAN BLIND Fri 25th Jan 00:10 - 00:40am

Hoodman Blind are a contemporary Irish trio based in Limerick. Niamh O Brien (harp), Seán Ó Dalaigh (fiddle) and Finn Harper (accordion). Their journey in traditional music incorporates new compositions and the musics of Finland and Sweden, where they have both studied and performed. It's in live performance that the trio come alive so come see! 58




TRADFRINGE It’s great to be at the centre of things but sometimes the most interesting stuff happens out at the edges, on the periphery. This is what TradFringe is all about - it’s an opportunity for folks to explore trad esoterica, to interact, to learn and to laugh. Temple Bar has so much to offer - there’s something to surprise and delight around every cobbled corner! From fascinating

music documentaries at the Irish Film Institute to a songwriting masterclass with the endlessly talented Eleanor McEvoy, a Sean Nós workshop with Oonagh McArdle and even a genealogy workshop - prepare to be enthralled and entertained on the Fringe!


FROM THE PEPPER CANISTER CHURCH MON 21st January Doors 6pm / Show 6.30pm Pepper Canister Church FREE but ticketed


TradFest in association with RTE Radio 1's Arena will host a special night featuring some of TradFest’s top acts from the world of trad and folk. This live broadcast takes place in our newest TradFest venue, the magnificent Pepper Canister Church. We guarantee a fantastic evening of chat and song. An excellent way of dipping your toe into the ocean of TradFest 2019.


THE JOHN CREEDON SHOW LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF LORDS TUE 22nd January Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm House of Lords FREE but ticketed


TradFest in association with RTE Radio 1's John Creedon Show will host a live broadcast from the historical surrounds of The House of Lords. This special night will feature a host of top acts performing at this year’s TradFest. Audiences can expect a unique night of entertainment from leading folk and trad artists from home and abroad.


LIVE MUSIC & INTERNATIONAL TOURING SEMINAR WED 23rd January 6pm - 8pm IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2 FREE - but booking essential:

Festivals and venues, big and small, support an ever dynamic live music industry that so many artists increasingly rely on for their livelihoods. Reserve your place now at this seminar to gain a better insight into the challenges and opportunities for artists operating in today’s international touring and festival circuit.




FRI 25th January 3pm Unit 12, CHQ Building, IFSC, €10

SAT 26th January 10:30am Irish Writers Centre €12


Irish surnames are some of the oldest family names used in Europe, but when and how did they first originate? This will be explored by Fiona Fitzsimons founder and research director of the Irish Family History Centre. Fiona and her team have provided research and historical consultancy for television and film production, including WDYTYA, Faces of America, Finding our Roots, Ancestors in the Famine. Her skills have been harnessed to delve into the Irish roots of a variety of states people, actors and celebrities, including Barack Obama, Tom Cruise, Princess Charlene of Monaco and, most recently, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

Looking at some of her own songs as well as works of other writers, Eleanor will be analysing structure, form, concept, rhyme, melody and chord progressions. She will also be examining the most effective methods of tapping into inspiration and finding “the subconscious composer” within each of us. Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song "A Woman's Heart" was the title track for the A Woman's Heart anthology album. A Woman’s Heart has since gone on to become the best-selling album in Irish history. Since then, Eleanor has gone on to become an artist and performer of global renown. Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans fifteen albums and appearances on numerous compilation albums. Her new album "The Thomas Moore Project" was launched in Ireland’s National Concert Hall and features 21st century adaptations of the songs of the 18th/19th century Irish poet. Expect rare insights! 65



SAT 26th January 1pm Duration: 52mins Irish Film Institute €8 (IFI Members €7.50) / Concession: €6.50 (IFI Members €6) Tickets available via

SAT 26th January 2pm EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, CHQ €10

Screening followed by Q&A


A lyrical portrait of a brilliant yet tormented artist, Slán leis an gCeol explores the complexities of a talented and philosophical man. Tony MacMahon, one of Ireland’s most remarkable traditional musicians, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's and is rapidly losing his ability to play. His former skill is revealed through lively archival sequences which demonstrate his immense talent and the great pleasure he derived from performance. Now the loss of his creative voice is slowly killing his spirit and has led him to prepare for his own death through assisted suicide. Cathal Ó Cuaig’s at times harrowing film follows MacMahon to India where he has spent recent winters working on his memoirs. Delving deeply into MacMahon’s mental anguish, the film reveals a difficult story of euphoric highs and devastating lows through a long battle with bipolar disorder wherein he tried to use his passion and creativity to turn his darkness into light.


Join talented young singer Oonagh McArdle for a workshop which explores the art of Sean-nós. Listen to evocative songs of travel and yearning, learn the techniques of the Sean-nós style, and sing a song or two – all in the company of likeminded music fans in the surroundings of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. This two hour workshop is suitable for all with a passion for singing, and all skill levels are welcome. Oonagh McArdle is a 22 year old teacher from Dromore, Co. Tyrone. Living in a county that is steeped in the singing tradition fostered her interest in Sean-nós singing from a young age. She has achieved success across all levels of Feis and Fleadh, and in 2013, won the Traditional Singing category in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. She has been influenced by some of the greatest singers within the tradition such as Rita Gallagher and Mairead Walls, and seeks to pass on this longstanding tradition to a new generation. 67



SUN 27th January 2:30pm Unit 12, CHQ Building, IFSC, €5

SUN 27th January 1pm Duration: 65mins Irish Film Institute €8 (IFI Members €7.50) / Concession: €6.50 (IFI Members €6) Available via

Come along to discover how to research your Irish Family History. This workshop will be conducted by one of our expert genealogists from the Irish Family History Centre. Learn from us about all things family history related. All participants will receive: - 1 month’s FREE world subscription to Findmypast - 1 month’s FREE subscription to

Screening followed by Q&A

Featuring the highly successful Starboard Home album and showcase gigs at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, this documentary celebrates the formative bond between Dublin’s port, city and river through music, song and spoken word. The film illustrates the songs, airs and words from Starboard Home in an impressionistic journey from the source of the River Liffey, deep into the heart of the docks. The music, which ranges from electronic minimalism to folk and rock, is performed by key artists in contemporary Irish music, including BellX1’s Paul Noonan (who curated and produced the album with Gary Sheehan of the NCH), John Sheahan, Lisa O Neil, Cathy Davey, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Paul Cleary, Duke Special and Gemma Hayes. Director Moira Sweeney has created an aural and visual delight and has captured the often hidden mysteries, stories and histories of the city’s port. The Starboard Home song cycle was commissioned by Dublin Port to celebrate 2016.





WED 23rd - SUN 27th January 10am €46

WED 23rd - SUN 27th January 2pm €60



Take a gentle stroll through the city and explore 5 different venues, the people behind the flavour and taste their imagination. Enjoy a tasting in each place and meet the locals along way. Visit venues such as Dollard & co, West End Creperie, Klaw, Boxty House and Cloud 9. The venues will change daily to keep an element of surprise and discovery on this tour.


The Irish Food Trail Experience is Dublin’s No.1 Food Tour, this is the perfect way to see Irish Culture. Not only is it a fun and exciting walking tour of Dublin City but allows you to explore Dublin’s hidden restaurants. What better way to experience Dublin than getting to try local produce and traditional Irish dishes?



Join us in the pubs and bars of Temple Bar for lively free Trad sessions every day during TradFest. Check the venue websites for more info on acts and find the venues on the TradFest festival map: page 86-87

THE ARLINGTON Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

THE AULD DUBLINER Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest


CLEW BAY PIPE BAND SAT 26th & SUN 27th January 12pm & 3:30pm The streets of Temple Bar


The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached a huge international audience when it performed the German National Anthem at the European Qualifier in 2013 at The Aviva Stadium to an audience of over 75 million. It was the first time the German National Anthem was performed on bagpipes and went viral across Germany the next day. In early 2015 ‘Tears of Clew Bay’ by Imelda May and The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached number 4 in the Irish Charts. The band performed with Imelda at her sell out shows in Vicar Street, The Marquee Cork and The 3 Arena along with special guest Jeff Beck. Voted ‘Best Act’ at the Westport Festival of Music and Food, audiences have raved about their ‘Pipe Versity Show’! A big hit with the crowd at TradFest, we’re delighted to have them back on the streets of Temple Bar once again. Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

FITZSIMON’S of TEMPLE BAR Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

MERCHANT’S ARCH Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

THE NORSEMAN Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest


HOUSE Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

THE OLD STOREHOUSE Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

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

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

THE PORTERHOUSE Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

THE QUAYS BAR Music daily, from Wed – Sun during TradFest

IRISH ROCK & ROLL MUSEUM Music Wed 23rd JAN – 12-4pm

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

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

TRAD KIDS It’s never too early to start the young ones on a journey of cultural and artistic expression. For 2019 the Ark TradKids programme includes concerts, dancing, and workshops and much more. Try your hand at a variety of fun crafts using different materials at this year’s Tradfest Children’s Crafts Club for Ages 4+. Presented bilingually in English and Irish POLKA4’s performances are bound to delight children of

CHILDREN’S HUB at all ages. These energetic music concerts will explore the Listening & Responding strand of Music Curriculum. We also have ‘Give Trad a Try’ sessions for beginners and Bodhrán Beats family workshops. The little ones will be spoiled for choice!

PÓLCA 4 DATE: Fri 25th 10am & 12.15pm Sat 26th 2pm & 4pm DURATION: 50mins approx ENTRY: €12.50/€9.50 Suitable for all ages

Pólca 4 perform the high energy music of the West Kerry tradition. The music of this region is renowned for its distinctive driving rhythms and speed! Pólca 4 are amazing exponents of this tradition; Pádraig Ó Sé button accordion player and RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter, Gary O’Brien on guitar, Jeremy Spencer on fiddle and Robbie Harris on bodhrán and percussion. The music in this concert will be big on fun and knock steam out of slides and polcas. Presented bilingually in English and Irish the band’s performances are bound to delight children of all ages.


EARLY YEARS WORKSHOPS DATE: Fri 25th 10:15am & 2pm Sat 26th 10:15am & 11:45am DURATION: Approx 45mins ENTRY: €11.50/€8.50. Ages 2-4

Inspired by Tradfest we are returning to the idea of making our own handmade toys – bringing our very own softies to life using lots of lovely material scraps, ribbon, googly eyes, wool and fabric markers. With help from your grown-up and a sewing machine (you can work the pedal!), do your own designing, stuffing, add eyes and maybe a tail, it will be a unique one of a kind, just like you! Ideal for getting little ones (and their grown-up!) imagining and creating together.

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DATE: Sun 27th January TIME: 12.30 - 2pm DURATION: Drop-in sessions ENTRY: Free. Places allocated on the day. Drop-in session. Last entry 1.45pm

DATE: Sun 27th January TIME: 2.30pm DURATION: 90 mins ENTRY: €11.50/€8.50 (20% off for members). Ages 7+

DATE: Sat 26th & Sun 27th January TIME: 11am - 1pm DURATION: Each session is 15 minutes ENTRY: Free. Places will be allocated on the day. Ages 6+ Have a go at playing traditional music on one of a range of instruments at these fun drop-in sessions for beginners. 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 participation at the end of the session.

CHILDREN’S CRAFTS CLUB DATE: Sat 26th & Sun 27th January TIME: Sat 1-5pm, Sun 12-5pm DURATION: Drop-in sessions will take approx. 30 minutes; last session starts 4.30pm ENTRY: Free. Places will be allocated on the day. Ages 4+ In partnership with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

Try your hand at a variety of fun crafts using different materials at this year’s TradFest Children’s Crafts Club for Ages 4+.

If you’re aged 6+ and play an instrument, this is your chance to come and play in a real trad session, led by members of Ceoltóirí Chluain Tarbh. Children can play a tune on the fiddle, bodhrán, harp, concertina, or any instrument at all!Recommended for children who have been learning music for one year or more. Children wishing to participate must bring their own instruments.


Everyone's a drummer in this fun musical workshop for families to enjoy together! Led by two award winning bodhrán players, families will learn how to play a simple rhythm or two on the bodhrán together. Then we will create a fun musical battle between two teams – who can play the loudest, fastest, best? Who can lead their team to musical victory? Everyone wins in this workshop which promises to be an outrageously fun event at full volume. No experience necessary. Adults must be accompanied by a child.




THE DAYDREAMERS SAT 26th: 12.50 - 1.20pm


SAT 26th: 1.40 - 2.10pm


SAT 26th: 2.30 - 3.00pm


SAT 26th: 3.20 - 3.50pm


SUN 27th: 12.00 - 12.30pm

NYAH COMHALTAS CAVAN SUN 27th: 12:50 - 1.50pm

CRAOBH CHUALANN CHOMHALTAS U12's SUN 27th: 2.10 - 2.40pm

CRAOBH CHUALANN CHOMHALTAS U15's SUN 27th: 3.00 - 3.30pm

CRAOBH CHUALANN CHOMHALTAS U18's SUN 27th: 3.50 - 4.20pm

We’ve got two great days of song and dance from the world of trad, folk and Ukulele at Dublin Castle! We’re delighted to welcome back some of our favourite family performers to TradFest. Three branches of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann are back in the castle: Craombh Chualann Chomhaltas, Craobh Sean Treacy and NYAH Comhaltas Cavan guaranteeing a weekend of toetapping tunes. And back by popular demand are Ukulele Tuesday; the group is a new take on the city’s ‘sing song’ tradition and they promise a fun and energetic performance. Supported by New to our family concerts this year are The Daydreamers a children’s choir from Brittas Bay in Wicklow who exclusively sings Mic Christopher songs while Muireann McDonnell is a twelve-year old singer-songwriter from Skerries. Join us for a weekend of great music for all the family. 78

CÉILÍ FUN SAT 26th January 12pm - 5pm The National Wax Museum Plus €15.00 Adult €10.00 Child €13 Teenager / Student €39 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)

The Irish Writer's room at the National Wax Museum Plus will be transformed into a traditional celebration of the Irish Céilí. There'll be craic agus ceol and some Irish Dancing lessons amongst some of the most traditional Irish Writers this January. Staff will be on hand to teach the little ones a few jigs and reels! The céilí is a proud Irish tradition that is synonymous with dancing, traditional Irish music and generally having a barrel of fun. A céilí dance traditionally was a chance to bring everyone together for some socialising with some music and dancing. Did you know that the origin of the word céilí even means companion? 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 20% off all tickets.


TRADFEST VENUES Because this is a festival like no other, our headline venues are historical landmarks, many of them dating back a millenium. From the majesty of the Rotunda at Dublin City Hall to the splendour of the soaring gothic nave of St Patrick's Cathedral the TradFest live experience is made magical by the experience of just inhabiting these special venues. If you're a visitor to Ireland, or have just never explored the architectural heritage of the city, this is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in both musical melody and the drumbeat of history. This year we’ve added the wonderfully atmospheric Pepper Canister Church, the historic City Assembly House and Richmond

Barracks, central to the Easter Rebellion of 1916. You can learn more about our historical venues by listening to our historical TradCasts, available through iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud and PodBean. The historic venues are not purposebuilt theatres so 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. Please note that seating is unallocated. As not all our venues are wheelchair accessible, staff will need to be notified in advance. Please contact us if you require special assistance:

DUBLIN CITY HALL Dame St, Dublin 2

Dublin’s City Hall was built between 1769 and 1779 to the designs of architect Thomas Cooley. This neo-classical 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.



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.




PEPPER CANISTER CHURCH Mount Street Upper, Dublin 2

St. Stephen’s Church, fondly referred to by Dubliners as the Pepper Canister, was the last of a series of Georgian churches built by the Church of Ireland in the early 1800’s. The nickname derives from the shape of the spire, resembling a pepper canister. It was originally conceived as a 'chapelof-ease' for the parish of St Peter’s. An iconic and really unique spot. AILBHE REDDY / SIVE / LOAH PHELIM DREW THE BLACK FEATHERS / THE ONCE MARTIN HARLEY & STEPHEN JAMES SMITH ELEANOR MCEVOY & ANNA MIEKE RADIE PEAT FREDDIE WHITE 82




The City Assembly House on Dublin’s historic South William Street was recently restored by the Irish Georgian Society and reopened in summer 2018 as a gallery and performance space. At the time of its construction the City Assembly House constituted a tremendously advanced initiative as it stood as the first purpose built public art gallery in either Britain and Ireland and possibly in Europe. It was built by the Society of Artists in Ireland between 1766 and 1771 with the expressed aim of promoting the work of Irish artists and providing an academy for the arts.

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!

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. Satirist and writer Jonathan Swift was Dean of St Patrick's. Dating from 1220, The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and serves as a popular tourist attraction. 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.



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Rathfarnham Castle is an Elizabethan fortified house commissioned in 1583 by Archbishop Adam Loftus as his private residence. The design was radically modern at the time and combined defensive features with all the comforts of a luxurious home. The castle was extensively remodelled in the eighteenth century under a series of later owners and has elegant neo-classical interiors to the designs of renowned architects Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.

Built in 1814, this was one of Dublin’s largest British Army barracks. It was here that over 3,000 men and women involved in the 1916 Easter Rising were held following the surrender. In addition to six of the seven signatories of the Proclamation and seven others later executed at Kilmainham Gaol, other notable Irish people held here include: Eamon De Valera, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith, William T. Cosgrave, Eoin MacNeill, Thomas Ashe, Noel Lemass and Sean T. O’Kelly. The Barracks was recently completely renovated as part of the National commemorative projects for the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

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…

From a riotous Cillian Murphy DJ set and Villagers live album recording to a Jimi Hendrix film shoot with Andre 3000 and Royal Blood’s barnstorming first Irish gig The Workman’s Club has seen a whole heap of rock ‘n’ roll action since opening the doors to their multi-floor venue, located at the edge of Temple Bar, beside the world famous Clarence Hotel on Wellington Quay. The proud winner of a Hot Press/IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award, this is the first year The Workman’s Club will host TradFest artists.

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DAY BY DAY HEADLINERS FRONT ROW SESSIONS LIVE AT THE HUB TRADFRINGE Times refer to concert times, please check full listings in this programme for door times


IRISH FOOD TRAILS: 10am & 2pm Wed - Sun - see page 71-72 MUSIC TRAIL: daily in the pubs of Temple Bar - see page 73

WEDNESDAY Jan 23rd 1.00pm 6.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm

Brenda Castles, Dublin City Hall IMRO Live Music & International Seminar Ailbhe Reddy / Loah / Sive, Pepper Canister Church The Kane Sisters & The Friel Sisters, Dublin City Hall Lindisfarne, St. Patrick's Cathedral Ré plus support Kern, The Workman’s Club The Lost Brothers, St. Michan's Church

THURSDAY Jan 24th 1.00pm 8.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 10.30pm 11.20pm 12.10am


Mark Redmond & Patrick Fitzpatrick, Dublin City Hall Bríd Harper & Arty McGlynn / Seána Davey & Stephen Doherty, Dublin City Hall The Fureys, The Arlington Stockton's Wing, The Porterhouse Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Buskers The Young Folk, The Mint Bar, Westin Hotel Paddy Casey, The Temple Bar The Kilkennys, The Auld Dubliner The Colonials, The Oliver St. John Gogarty Libary Bar Phelim Drew-A Celebration of Ronnie, The Dubs & Others, Pepper Canister Church Steeleye Span, St. Patrick's Cathedral David Kitt and Inni-K, The Workman's Club Dori Freeman and Niall Toner Band, St. Michan's Church Susan O'Neill, The Old Storehouse Drops of Green, The Old Storehouse The Conifers, The Old Storehouse

FRIDAY Jan 25th

1.00pm Martha Guiney & Aisling Lyons, Dublin City Hall 3.00pm The Origin of Irish Surnames, CHQ Building, IFSC 6.00pm The Fureys, The Oliver St. John Gogarty Libary Bar 6.00pm The Colonials, The Norseman 6.00pm The Young Folk, Fitzsimons 6.00pm The Kilkennys, Merchant's Arch 8.00pm Stockton's Wing with Les Barker, The Workman's Club 8.00pm Liz Caroll & Jimmy Keane, Dublin City Hall 8.00pm The Black Feathers and The Once, Pepper Canister Church 8.30pm Carlos Núnez, Dublin Castle - Print Works 8.30pm Cathy Davey, St. Michan's Church 8.30pm The Eskies, Button Factory 8.30pm Kathy Mattea, St. Patrick's Cathedral 10.30pm Lisa Loughrey, The Old Storehouse 11.20pm Mules & Men, The Old Storehouse 0.10am Hoodman Blind, The Old Storehouse CHILDREN’S HUB AT THE ARK: See pages 55-57 for details


10.30am Eleanor McEvoy Songwriting Workshop, Irish Writers Centre 12-5pm Céilí Fun, Wax Museum Plus 1.00pm Martin Harley & Stephen James Smith, Pepper Canister Church 1.00pm Sibéal Ní Chasaide, City Assembly House 1.00pm Slan Leia an gCeol screening, IFI 2.00pm Sean-nos Workshop, Songs of Longing, EPIC Museum 4.00pm Stockton's Wing, The Norseman 3.00pm Paddy Casey, The Auld Dubliner 4.00pm The Henry Girls, The Oliver St. John Gogarty Libary Bar 4.00pm Zoë Conway & John McIntyre, Rathfarnam Castle 4.00pm Superceili, Fitzsimons 4.00pm The Colonials, Merchant's Arch 4.00pm Drops of Green, The Old Storehouse 4.00pm Brian Furlong and Kevin Glackin, The Palace 4.00pm Susan O'Neill, The Oak







Times refer to concert times, please check full listings in this programme for door times


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Eleanor McEvoy plus support Anna Mieke, Pepper Canister Church Andy Irvine, Rathfarnham Castle Kate Rusby, St. Patrick's Cathedral Jim Page, St. Michan's Church TradFest Gala - Danú / The MGoldrick Trio / The Green Fields of America, Dublin Castle - Print Works CHILDREN’S HUB AT THE ARK: See pages 55-57 for details FAMILY CONCERTS PRINTWORKS DUBLIN CASTLE: See page 78 for details


SUNDAY Jan 27th 1.00pm 1.00pm 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 4.00pm 6.00pm 5.00pm 7.00pm

Radie Peat, Pepper Canister Church Starboard Home screening, IFI John Sheahan and Michael Howard, Richmond Barracks Genealogy Workshop, CHQ Building, IFSC Drops of Green, Arlington's O'Connell Street Brian Furlong & Kevin Glackin, The Porterhouse The Colonials, The Temple Bar Caoimhín O Raghallaigh, Rathfarnam Castle Stockton's Wing, The Old Storehouse Paddy Casey, The Oliver St John Gogarty, Library Bar The Henry Girls, The Oak The Kilkennys, The Palace Bar Daoirí Farrell, City Assembly House Jerry Douglas / Teddy Thompson / Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Dublin Castle-Print Works 8.00pm Freddie White, Pepper Canister Church CHILDREN’S HUB AT THE ARK: See pages 55-57 for details FAMILY CONCERTS PRINTWORKS DUBLIN CASTLE: See page 78 for details
















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