Trad­fest servesupa feast of mu­sic

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MU­SI­CIANS and those with an ear for mu­sic beat a path to Din­gle over the week­end to en­joy the con­certs, ses­sions, work­shops and gen­eral good craic that is part and par­cel of Din­gle Trad­fest.

Run­ning over a long ‘week­end’ that started on Thurs­day, the fes­ti­val kicked off, quite lit­er­ally, with a blis­ter­ing per­for­mance by lo­cal danc­ing star David Geaney in a packed Hill­grove Ho­tel.

The Din­gle dancer pre­sented a show of jaw-drop­ping foot­work, along­side Anne Marie Kear­ney who was tak­ing the place of the in­jured James Devine. This show places Geaney firmly at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ment in Ir­ish dance, re­spect­ful of tra­di­tion but ready to kick the prover­bial bucket down the road to es­tab­lish Ir­ish dance firmly in the con­text of mod­ern cul­ture – not as a set piece to be ad­mired from a dis­tance but as a liv­ing breath­ing evolv­ing tra­di­tion.

An­other high­light of the fes­ti­val was the con­cert in St James’s Church with the As­turian Trio Ruben Bada and Maeve Gilchrist. And many fes­ti­val-go­ers also found their own high­lights in the ‘ses­sion trail’ of Din­glepubs that formed the beat­ing heart of Trad­fest with mu­sic fly­ing out the doors all day and long into the night.

Photos by De­clan Malone

ABOVE: James Devine (left) and David Geaney with young par­tic­i­pants in their Ve­loc­ity dance work­shop in Benner’s Ho­tel on Satur­day.

LEFT: Gráinne Hope, Brendan McCre­anor and Deirdre Granville who held an in­ter­ac­tive work­shop in the Tem­per­ence Hall on Satur­day where fam­i­lies joined the mu­si­cians in re­hears­ing O’Carolan tunes.

Conal Ó Gráda from Baile Bhúirne and Edel Lovett, Din­gle, shar­ing the fife and drum tra­di­tion in O’Fla­herty’s pub dur­ing Trad­fest.

Trad­fest or­gan­is­ers Aoife and Deirdre Granville play­ing a tune in O’Fla­herty’s pub with mem­bers of the Loch a Bhogaidh fife band from Baile Bhúirne.

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