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.

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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!

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