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Traditionally TradFest

By Visit Dublin

6th December 2019

For one wonderful week, from January 22 to 26, TradFest entertains Dubliners and visitors alike with toe-tapping tunes and sing-along sessions in iconic venues, from cosy pubs to beautiful churches.

So lace up your dancing shoes, grab a Guinness (because, well, why not) and follow the beat of bodhrán echoing through the cobbled streets of the capital.

Taking place every January in Dublin’s cultural quarter, TradFest is a traditional Irish music festival that showcases the best of both Irish and international trad and folk artists (as well as the next generation). The week offers opportunities to mingle with musicians and locals while discovering beautiful spots around the city such as the spectacular Dublin Castle, Pepper Canister Church and Georgian beauty Dublin City Hall, to name but a few.

Founded in 2006 as a modest niche festival, TradFest has grown in size and range with a line-up that now represents artists from folk, nu-folk and rock and roll. The programme appeals to a wide range of music fans, from trad experts to curious newcomers seeking to expand their musical horizons.

Trad superstars Judy Collins, Paddy Casey and The Fureys have made popular appearances at the festival, and musicians working in a more contemporary vein have also featured, such as Quebec born Kaia Kater, Wallis Bird, and other artists making waves in the world of folk music.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from the Headline Concerts that feature well-known names in famous venues to the Front Row Sessions (free concerts in intimate settings). Festival-goers can also check out the Tradfringe, which includes exhibitions, film-screenings and workshops. 

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