Get your Trad on

Posted by Brendan O' Rourke on the 20th of January 2012 at 17:35:44

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Temple Bar is often referred to as Dublin’s cultural hub – a title which the famous area wears proudly on its sleeve come rain or shine. But next week, get ready for 5 day session, because starting on the 25th January, Temple Bar is set to sing and dance its heart out like never before to a roaring soundtrack of Irish music.

That’s right, Temple Bar’s Trad Fest is less than a week away and it’d be a shame to miss out on all the fun.Trad Fest is 17 venues, 250 performances and hundreds of free events. It’s the Dubliner's 50th Anniversary Concert. It’s Irish dancing at its very best and it’s some of the finest traditional Irish musicians brought together for the liveliest festival around.

We’ve picked out some of our favourite events to whet your appetite :

Wednesday 25th

Noel O’ Grady presents an evening of Irish Culture in Song and Story

Poet Brendan Kennelly once described his works as ”the words of music and love at their most enchantingly beautiful”. His singing voice has been compared to that of Joyce’s and he’s a firm believer that poetry and music combined can penetrate the heart. His music is greatly influenced by the Irish cultural greats like Patrick Kavanagh, W.B.Yeats and Luke Kelly to name a few. He is Noel O’ Grady and he’ll be performing at Dublin City Hall on Wednesday 25th for what is sure to be a truly magical evening.

Venue: Dublin City Hall

Time: 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm)

Tickets: €15

Thursday 26th

Voices and Harps with Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra

Voice and Harps is the unique and wonderful collaborative creation of Moya Brenna and Cormac de Barra. Both hailing from large musical families, it was a mutual respect for each others talents that drew this pair together and the resulting fusion blends all their strengths with a simplicity and beauty that is unrivalled. “A finely spun tribute to our rich harping tradition… There’s a depth of interpretation here that will surely lure its share of new listeners to the music.” The Irish Times 27/08/10

Venue: Dublin City Hall

Time: 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm)

Tickets: €15

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th

The Dubliners 50th Anniversary Concert This exclusive concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the best traditional Irish bank of all time is Trad Fest’s must see event. If you miss it on the Friday, there’ll be a second chance to catch the Dubliners in full swing on Saturday, but make sure you book in advance so you’re not disappointed. Fingers crossed they’ll be dipping into their extensive back catalogue, treating us to all the old favourites like Whiskey in the Jar, Dirty Old Town and the Irish Rover.

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral

Time: 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm)

Tickets: Full view seating €40, Restricted View Seating: €20 (these seats are in the side aisles of a church, pillars may restrict your view during the performance)

Sunday 29th

Fidil & Solo Cissikho with special guests Tarab

Enjoy the musical stylings of the groundbreaking trio: Aidan O’ Donnell, Ciaran Ó Maonaigh and Damien McGeehan; and joined also by seventh generation grio Solo Cissikho. Fidil truly embody the spirit of the new trad generation with an approach to fiddle playing that can only be described as adventurous, but all the while maintaining the depth of lore witnessed in Donegal traditions. Solo on the other hand is a master of the Kora – a 22 stringed harp traditional to West Africa. This fusion of Donegal and Senegal is a show that should not be missed – a great way to enjoy your last day of trad Fest.

Venue: The Button Factory

Time: 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm)

Tickets: €15

Of course this is but a fraction of the numerous events on offer at this years Trad fest. Click here for more information on the full programme.

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