Set up in 2006, TradFest is Ireland’s largest traditional and folk music festival, attracting the very best Irish music artists to some of Dublin’s most atmospheric venues. From its roots as a niche trad music festival taking place in Temple Bar, you can now experience legends such as Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention perform in the iconic City Hall and the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The festival focuses on celebrating local and international artists within the traditional genre and also aims to pass down Irish musicianship to future generations. This year’s line-up features indie band Turin Brakes, hitmaker Maria McKee and Euro/African collective Afro Celt Sound System.
TradFest takes place over five days from 25th January to 29th January 2017 inclusive. Ticket prices vary according to the venue and the artist. You can buy tickets for all performances, workshops and events at the festival website. The festival venues are located within the Temple Bar area of Dublin and are easily accessible via the city’s tram system, Luas. The venues featured in 2017’s festival are City Hall, Dublin Castle, St. Werburgh’s Church, The Button Factory, St Michan’s Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
TradFest isn’t known only for its traditional music performances - there are plenty of other activities throughout the festival for the whole family. A series of family concerts features The Chinese Spring Festival Performers, the Maguire Band and the Dublin Ukelele Band which are aimed at a younger audience. For the songwriters amongst you, The Gloaming’s Iarla Ó Lionáird will present a special masterclass on the traditional songwriting. There will also be an art exhibition celebrating rhythm via a variety of media at the Graphic Studio Gallery in Cope Street. If you miss out on getting tickets for your favourite act, head down to one of the many pubs in Temple Bar. There will be live music taking place every night in plenty of drinking establishments as part of the TradFest Music Trail.
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There are plenty of things to see and do in the Irish capital so make sure you leave enough time to have a good look around. Check out Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College and the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Why not take a tour around Croke Park if you’re a rugby fan.
To find out more information about this amazing traditional music festival, please head to the official festival website where you’ll be able to check out the latest additions to the line-up, buy tickets and find out who’s playing in which venue.
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