A Wealth of Women Headlining at TradFest 2018

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TradFest, Irelands annual celebration of all things Trad, Folk and World Music is back from January 24th – 28th 2018, yet again with the most extensive line up of national and international performers. Tradfest 2018 will see the majority of all headline concerts dominated by female performers, including legends such as Judy Collins, Martha Wainwright, Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Shelby Lynn, Alison Moorer, Wallis Bird, Moya Brennan, Shirley Collins, Michelle & Louise Mulcahy, Laoise Kelly, Kaia Kater, The Sound of the Sirens, Ciara Sidine, Karrie & Ailbhe Reddy, Leslie Dowdall and all female group Radiant Arcadia, while Aoife Scott will lead a exclusive all female singing circle, featuring female performers from the worlds of trad and folk.

Trad without Frontiers: the 2018 festival continues to expand its musical boundaries with the arrival of the highly acclaimed Dhol Foundation, The Dhol Foundation is both a Dhol drum institute in London and a musical group playing bhangra music; Celtic Harp Maestro, Alan Stivell will bring his energetic Celtic sounds to Dublin Castle, while French Algerian Guitarist Pierre Bensusan will perform at City Hall. The festival has also commissioned ‘Radiant Arcadia’, a Muslim, Jewish, Christian ensemble curated by Copenhagen World Music Festival director Annette Bellaoui.

Monica MacLaverty and Doireann Ni Ghlacain pictured at the launch of TradFest 2018

This year TradFest also pays a musical Tribute to the legendary musician and producer Eamonn Campbell (formerly of The Dubliners who sadly passed away in 2017).

Free Front Row Sessions are also back. A unique event featuring some of the very best in trad and folk music, in the intimate settings of the pubs in Temple Bar. A chance to see the very best acts up close and personal (Free but advance booking is vital as ticket numbers are limited). Artists include The Dublin Legends, The Fureys, Stockton’s Wing, The Kilkennys, and Dutch musical sensation, ‘JP & The Seeger Sessions Band’ an 18-piece folk band who will make the trip from Holland to entertain the masses, whilst Paddy Casey and In Tua Nua will also perform.

Families are well catered for at TradFest. We’ve a series of family concerts taking place at the Print Works in Dublin Castle across Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. ChildVision’s Petting Farm returns to Temple Bar Square. We are delighted that the Children’s Hub will once again be at The Ark in Eustace Street. The Children’s Hub will include performances especially designed for families.

A bursary in honour of former publican and legendary brewer and music fan Oliver Hughes (one of the TradFest founders) will see one deserving trad / folk band travel to perform at Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world’s largest Irish music festival in USA in August 2018.

TradFest is brought to you by The Temple Bar Company, a non-profit collective of businesses and cultural organisations based in Dublin’s Temple Bar who run cultural events on a year-round basis. TradFest does not make any profits and all proceeds go to the artists and performers with over 500 performing artists taking part in the 2018 event.

For more information see tradfest.ie