Tullamore to come alive with brand new TradFest

Justin Kelly

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Tullamore to come alive with brand new TradFest

Tullamore to come alive with brand new TradFest

The inaugural Tullamore TradFest takes place this coming April 12-14.

This is a traditional Irish music festival which aims to flood Tullamore with traditional music and become a staple on the social and cultural calendar.

Organisers are aiming to attract visitors from around the country and abroad to the town to experience the many wonderful attractions Tullamore and Offaly has to offer.

"Our ultimate goal is to create an annual TradFest for Tullamore which will grow over the years and lead to a sustained interest in the genre, and over the next few years, place the town firmly on the traditional Irish music map," chairperson Tommy Craven said.

"We have set our sights high and plan to bring a mixture of the very best internationally, nationally and locally acclaimed musicians to Tullamore to perform in concerts, sessions, recitals and workshops on the dates in question."

“We have been overwhelmed with the huge positivity that the TradFest has been received with. We have 13 venues in Tullamore signed up to our Session Trail, double what we expected when we had our initial committee meeting. We have also been inundated with messages of support and goodwill from people around the country and indeed as far away as New Zealand telling us that they will be taking in Tullamore TradFest as part of their annual holiday home to Ireland,” Tommy said.

A huge number of events have been organised such as concerts, recitals, family events, workshops and a session trail.

"The beauty of the session trail that it runs all weekend long, in 13 venues, entry is totally free and the line up includes many of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians such as Derek Hickey, Bríd Harper, Paddy Tutty, Brian Mooney, Derek Morrissey, Aoife Granville, Michael Curran, George McAdam, Chris Maguire and Martin Donohue to name but a few," James Hogan, vice-chairperson said.
 
Tullamore TradFest Events:

Friday, April 12

Session Trail – Trad sessions in 13 venues through Tullamore. Admission FREE

Main Concert in The Bridge House – Bríd Harper (fiddle) Darren Breslin (accordion) Brian McGrath (piano)

Saturday, April 13

Instrumental Workshops to be held in Coláiste Choilm – Tutors Aoife Granville (flute) Bríd Harper (fiddle) John McCann (accordion) Greta Curtin (concertina) Alisha McMahon (harp) Theresa O’Grady (banjo)

Session Trail – Trad sessions in 13 venues through Tullamore. Admission FREE

Accordion Recital – Featuring leading accordion players from around the country.

Festival Club/Late Gig upstairs in Fergie’s Bar – Damien Mullane (accordion) Eugene Quinn (guitar)

Sunday, April 14

Family Fun Event

Session Trail – Trad sessions in 13 venues through Tullamore. Admission FREE

Organisers are also hosting a number of fundraising sessions in the lead-up to the big event in April. You can support them on the following dates:

Saturday, February 16 - Trad Session in Joe Lee's Bar

Sunday, February 24 - Festival Press Launch at 6pm in The Tullamore Court Hotel

Thursday, February 28 - Table Quiz and tunes in The Brewery Tap

Sunday, March 3 - Trad Session in Fergie's Bar

Everyone welcome to attend and join in all events.

Concert tickets for Bríd Harper, Darren Breslin and Brian McGrath are now available from The Bridge House Hotel and online on the event website www.tullamoretradfest.com.

For further details on all these events go to www.tullamoretradfest.com or follow Tullamore TradFest on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.