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Traditionally TradFest

By Visit Dublin

2nd January 2018

For one wonderful week, TradFest entertains Dubliners and visitors alike with toe-tapping tunes and sing-along sessions in iconic venues, from cosy pubs to spooky catacombs.

So lace up your dancing shoes, pull on an Aran knit, 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 St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Michan’s Church (which still contains mummified remains), Georgian beauty Dublin City Hall and St Werburgh’s Church, 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 the well-known names in famous venues to the Front Row Sessions that are free concerts in intimate settings. There is also the Tradfringe, which includes exhibitions, film-screenings and workshops. 

Festival-goers can download the TradFest app to help navigate the festival as well as get free priority tickets and see event listings and locations.

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