Before you even consider the January blues, get yourself a ticket to Dublin’s Tradfest (22-26 January) and let the toe-tapping fun begin
What better way to survive the Christmas come-down than a festival with a six-day schedule promising over 200 free events and performances by some of the best known faces (and voices) in traditional music?
Tradfest is no other than Dublin city’s cultural quarter, creative hub, and nightlife hotspot – Temple Bar. Any Dubliner (or tourist) worth their salt knows that if you want a good time, you go to Temple Bar. The cobbled streets lined with galleries, indie theatres and throbbing pubs are always thronged with visitors and long-lunching locals.
Combining cosy pub sessions with outdoor concerts, street performers with pipe bands, and film screenings with storytelling, the Temple Bar TradFest 2014 promises an Irish music and culture extravaganza.
A musical Gathering
TradFest will bring together some of the most progressive and influential traditional groups of the past fifteen years. The line up for it's 9th year will include Carlos Nunez, performing in St Partick's Cathedral, Altan & Guests, Paul Brady, Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, Frances Black, Johnny Duhan, Elanor McEvoy, Macalle and We Banjo 3 featuring Chessboxer. Performing both separately and together this will be a rare treat for trad fans.
The Music Trail offers a roadmap through free festival performances. Bring your own instrument and keep an eye out for the open sessions. If you can carry a tune, drop into the Singers Club and add your voice.
The support acts throughout the festival will undoubtedly be the venues, some of which are centuries old and add a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to an evening.
A performance in Christ Church Cathedral
The Siamsa dancers performing a traditional Irish dance
St Werburgh Church will host a show or two