The Trip to Birmingham TradFest - 27th - 30th November + Playlist

The Trip to Birmingham TradFest is the UK's newest Traditional Irish Music Festival.  It overcomes the congested summer schedules by taking a calender spot in late November when people may need a boost before the Christmas madness.The festival will be staged this weekend, 27th - 30th November and will be held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) and will exhibit a colourful celebration of Irish culture with activities including sessions, concerts, workshops and ceilis. The name of the festival is derived from the famous reel written by Sligo flute player Josie McDermott about a trip to the city in the 1960's.

The organisers say that the festival is 'to appeal to a variety of different audiences from the city's Irish community youth, right through to the older generations, whilst embracing a diverse range of different cultural backgrounds. The festival plans to draw on widely acclaimed artists from across the UK and Ireland, giving the festival an exciting brand of sounds that will appeal to a variety of people's tastes whether they be rooted to core traditional or whether modern fused traditional takes their fancy. It will also link up 'the old' and 'the new' up and coming musicians, produced on the Birmingham Trad scene.

As well as this, 'the festival aims to target the progression and advancing of the cultural heritage of the Irish community in Birmingham, strengthening a sense of Irish identity and advancing community cohesion and spirit.'

Artists appearing include Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, Brian Finnegan Trio, Long Acre, Siobhan Peoples,Murty Ryan & Noel Ryan, Emma Sweeney, CrossHarbour, Aoife Scott, Noreen Cullen & Adrian Burns, Paddy Callaghan Band, Kevin Madden, Lampa, Palandri, McGonigle & Healy.  Here is a playlist of some of the artists. Visit

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Comment by Tom Morley on November 25, 2014 at 19:33

I'll take that trip to Birmingham! Oh, wait-you don't mean Birmingham, Alabama? Darn.

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