The John Dwyer Trad Weekend - 18th to 20th October

We are entering the last few weeks of traditional festivals with The John Dwyer Trad Weekend (in conjunction with the Imagine Arts Festival) taking place in Waterford city from the 18th – 20th October. This year’s festival features the cream of Irish Traditional talent from all over the country. Friday night in the Medieval Museum, Viking Quarter will see Clare musicians Geraldine and Eamon Cotter on piano and flute join Galway’s Maeve Donnelly on fiddle. This concert will also feature Limerick man Tim Collins on concertina and Damien O’Reilly from Clare on accordion.

Saturday 19th is full to the brim with lots of various events taking place around the city. Traditional workshops will take place in Gaelscoil na nDéise, Gracedieu from 10.30-1.30 with tutors including Tim Collins (concertina), Seán Talty (uilleann pipes), Murty Ruan (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Geraldine Cotter (whistle), Eamon Cotter (flute), Ryan O’Donnell (banjo)  and Suzanne Leahy (sean-nós dance). There is also a children’s workshop for 3-8 year olds with Edel Fox and Lia Byrne. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce your child to the world of Traditional Irish Music in a fun way! At 2pm on Saturday in Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay a youth concert will take place featuring the best of local young talent, including Siansa Gael Linn winners Nuada and ‘Cool Ceol’ from the Comeragh’s Branch of Comhaltas.

Two new local CD’s will be launched on Saturday at 5pm. The Sunny Banks by Neill Byrne (fiddle) and Edel Fox (concertina) and Lá ag Ól Uisce by Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (pipes, guitar, flute), Seán Ó Fearghail (fiddle, concertina, bouzouki) and Tomás Ó Gealbháin (accordion). This even is free and will take place in the bar of Dooley’s Hotel. Italian band Lá Nua will launch their CD in the Marina Hotel on Sunday 20th at 8pm.

Internationally-acclaimed band Dervish will take to the stage on Saturday night at 8pm in Dooley’s function room. Virtuoso playing, breathtaking vocals, high-energy sets of tunes and instantly compelling songs all combine to make a night of music not to be missed. This is sure to be a big highlight of the festival. Tickets €20/€18.

The Bulmers Session Trail will showcase the best of traditional musicians from all over the country in The Tap Room, Jordan’s, Katty Barry’s, The Munster Bar, The Gingerman, T & H Doolan’s, Dooley’s, The Marina Hotel, The Tower and The Fitzwilton. These sessions will take place nightly at 10pm – close and at various times during Saturday and Sunday daytime. A late night festival club will take place in Dooley’s Hotel from 11.30 onwards on Friday and Saturday night for the night owls!

For more information about scheduling and ticket information check out www.imagineartsfestival.com or like the John Dwyer Trad Weekend on Facebook.

 

 

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