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Here's everything you can enjoy at Tullamore's brand new TradFest

The three-day session hits the town from April 12

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Here's everything you can enjoy at Tullamore's brand new TradFest

Here's everything you can enjoy at Tullamore's brand new TradFest

Music and craic lovers from Offaly and beyond are been invited to the brand new Tullamore TradFest, a traditional Irish music festival to be held in Tullamore on the weekend of April 12 to April 14.

Tullamore TradFest intends to flood Tullamore with traditional Irish music on these dates, sharing the rich traditional music heritage that County Offaly possesses.

"We are aiming to attract visitors from around the country and abroad to our town to experience the many wonderful
attractions Tullamore and indeed County 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 Tullamore TradFest has been received with. We have 16 venues in Tullamore signed up to our Session Trail, more than double what we expected when we had our initial committee meeting."

"We have also been inundated with messages of support and goodwill from people locally, around the county, and indeed
as far away as Switzerland and New Zealand with people telling us that they will be coming to Tullamore TradFest as part of their annual holiday home to Ireland."

"This is a huge opportunity for Tullamore to place itself on the Irish festival scene and build an annual event. We as a committee in association with our various partners such as the local vintners, local media and our generous supporters and sponsors have put huge effort into organising a massive programme of events."

"We know that there is a good crowd travelling to Tullamore to enjoy the festival but we know that getting local support is crucial to the event’s success. We would appeal to everyone in Tullamore and surrounding areas to come out and support
the event. With two concerts, instrument workshops, over 50 free sessions and free family entertainment there really is something for everyone," Tommy concluded. 

Find out more at www.tullamoretradfest.com or by following Tullamore TradFest on Facebook, @tmoretradfest on Twitter or @tullamoretradfest on Instagram.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS:

Friday, April 12:

- Tullamore TradFest Main Concert featuring, Bríd Harper, Darren Breslin & Brian McGrath, Aoife & Deirdre Granville and many more guest artists. Venue: Bridge House Tullamore @ 8pm. Admission €15 – tickets available from Bridge House Reception or www.tullamoretradfest.com

Saturday, April 13:

- Masterclass Workshops in Fiddle, Concertina, Harp, Accordion, Flute and Banjo
- Venue: Coláiste Choilm Limited places still available, Fiddle and Banjo full
- Family Entertainment in The Bridge Centre 1.00pm to 6.00pm, Admission Free
- Tullamore TradFest TV recording in Tullamore Library 2.00pm to 5.00pm, Admission Free
- Tullamore TradFest Accordion Recital Venue: Coláiste Choilm @ 3:30pm. Admission €5.
- Tullamore TradFest Festival Club featuring, Damien Mullane & Eugene Quinn supported by Splendid Isolation (Ciaran Cooney, Michael Buckley, Sean Bourke) Venue: Fergie’s Bar, Market Square @ 9:30pm. Admission €10 – tickets available from www.tullamoretradfest.com

Sunday, April 14:

- Family Entertainment in The Bridge Centre 1.00pm to 6.00pm, Admission Free
- Family Entertainment in Tullamore Library 12.00pm to 6.00pm, Admission Free

ALL WEEKEND

- Tullamore TradFest Session Trail starting at 1pm FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY in 16 venues throughout Tullamore featuring some of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians, singers and dancers. ADMISSION FREE

Venues:

o Digan's
o Fergie's
o Hugh Lynch's
o Jenny's Kitchen
o Joe Lee's

o The Brewery Tap
o The Bridge House Hotel
o The Bus Bar
o The Goalpost
o The Old Harbour Bar
o The Phoenix
o The Townhouse
o The Tullamore Court Hotel
o Tullamore Credit Union
o Tullamore Library
o William St. Bar & Eatery

- Performers include:

o Derek Hickey
o Eamonn O’Riordan
o Paddy Tutty
o Derek Morrissey
o Brian Mooney
o Bríd Harper
o Darren Breslin
o Brian McGrath
o Damien Mullane
o Eugene Quinn
o Oisín MacDiarmada
o Paul Finn 
o Samantha Harvey
o Greta Curtin
o Gary Lynch 
o Chris Maguire
o Seamus Brogan
o Joanne O’Connor
o Aoife Granville
o Níall O’Beaglaoich
o Mickey Curran
o George McAdam
o Jenny Dillon
o Colm Slattery
o Sean Kelliher

o Darragh Carey Kennedy 
o Aoife McCabe
o Aoife Griffin
o Martin Donohue 
o Eddie Kavanagh 
o Tadhg Maher
o Seamus Brogan
o Roisín Faughnan (Airc Damhsa)
o Lillie Crossley (Airc Damhsa)
o Plus many more