Traditional Irish Music
Dromore Tradfest this April returns following a hugely successful launch last year and this time the offering is bigger and better than ever! The traditional music festival was hailed as a mini-fleadh with the streets and venues alive with music, song and dance. The festival features a series of concerts, recitals, workshops, sessions and much more. Ireland’s finest talent are lined up to play in Dromore including: Angelina Carberry, Dan Brouder, Alan Kelly, John Wynne, Séan Keane, Gearoid Keane, Tadhg Maher, Tadhg Mulligan and Shane Keating.
Workshops take place on Sat 8th April in St John’s Business and Enterprise College with the visiting tutors, this is great chance for musicians of all ages to improve their repertoire, learn about new techniques and improve upon their music. Workshops cover Button Accordion, Piano Accordion, Banjo, Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Concertina and Traditional Singing. All music and singing workshops are priced at £10 and space is limited! To reserve contact 07514100058. Irish Language workshops are also taking place with all levels catered for including A-Level and GCSE.
The gala concert featuring the above artists takes place in St Patrick’s Hall on Friday 7th April, following a packed event last year this promises to once again prove popular among traditional music lovers. The concert commences at 8.00 pmand is hosted by the Cavan Man – Martin Donohoe. Tickets are priced at £10 and available on the night.
The town will be vibrant all weekend with the action-packed session trail taking place across the town. The session trail is open to all musicians and will be in action from Friday right through until Sunday with a Youth Session taking place in The Central on Saturday 8th at 8pm. All sessions are free admission so why not come along to absorb some of the ceol agus craic!
A special treat is in store for those with a cultural interest with a Townlands talk taking place on Thursday 6th April spearheaded by Dromore 2000. This event promises to deliver an insight into the history of local townlands and origins of Townland names.
Meanwhile, Renowned traditional singer Tadhg Maher hosts an evening of traditional song - “Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution” featuring songs from across Ireland and Britain documenting our fractured history from 1700 to present day. This free event is likely to prove popular with those with an interest in these matters and singers alike. This takes place in O’Connors on Saturday 8th at 8.30pm.
Tradfest comes alive on Saturday night with the launch of our first ever Late Festival Club – This is certainly one to watch out for and is sure to carry on into the small hours of the morning. Artists this year include The Tumbling Paddies, Jack Warnock, Eugene McKenna to name but a few! Tickets are priced at £5 and can be booked via texting 07546113732. This event takes place in the Central Bar at 11pm.
Dancing is also taking place on the weekend with a Fior Ceili in St Patrick’s Hall on Saturday 9th @ 9.30pm with Music by Martin Duggan. Alongside this, a vintage tractor/car rally is held on Saturday 8th April meeting at 4.30pm at St Davog's Chapel, starting at 5pm.
Dromore Tradfest this 7th -9th April promises to be a feast of culture and music! Events are open to all with a unique opportunity to celebrate Irish Culture! Come along and Enjoy!
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