TRAD TO THE BONE
Recently crowned Small Festival of the Year at the IMRO Live Music Awards, Kilkenny Trad Fest promises a feast of musical riches.
As well as Seachtain na Gaeilge, there are several other events taking place around the country this spring celebrating Irish culture. Chief among them is Kilkenny TradFest, which returns for its fifth consecutive year with a jampacked schedule featuring some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. Taking place from March 16-19, the TradFest will include the hugely popular
St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which has revealed that the theme for this year is ‘Jonathan Swift’. Visual artists and designers from Wexford-based company Bui Bolg will be making stateof-the-art props and sculptures for the event, including a giant recreation of ‘Gulliver’ from Swift’s most famous story,
Gulliver’s Travels. Local community groups will also be pitching in to help bring the town to life.
Elsewhere, some of the country’s most acclaimed musicians, as well as new and emerging talents, will descend on Kilkenny throughout the weekend. A veteran of Irish music and stunning live performer, Paul Brady will kick things off as the headline act on March 16. In the following days, trad and folk band
Beoga – who were recently championed by Ed Sheeran – will perform, as will exMoving Hearts member Declan Sinnott,
Usher’s Island, and many more. An added feature of this year’s festival is the prominence of some of Ireland’s extraordinary female voices. The internationally successful Eleanor
McEvoy will perform a headline show on St. Patrick’s Day, folk singer Vickie
Keating will team up with Declan Sinnott the following day, and Pauline
Scanlon will be showcasing her talented vocals alongside her band on the Saturday night.
Kilkenny is set to be the hub for Irish culture this St. Patrick’s Day, so this is a weekend not to be missed!
Eleanor McEvoy: Kikenny-bound