THE SESSION CONTINUES FOR TRADFEST
Now entering its 13th year, Temple Bar Tradfest is a teenager with attitude. No longer content to limit its programme to trad and folk, it’s quietly extended its reach to embrace rock ‘n’ roll (albeit with amps turned not quite to 11).
As well as headline concerts and front-row sessions in a raft of venues not usually associated with live music – many of them churches – there is the tradfringe featuring a taste trail, film screenings and masterclasses in everything from sean-nós singing to songwriting and genealogy. Of course, Temple Bar will be heaving with the expected trad sessions in most every pub, and there’s a kids’ programme too.
will alight on the hallowed space of St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, January 25th with a lightness belying their staggering 50 years on the road. On the same evening, the sublime Arty McGlynn, fresh from the release of his recent superb solo album Botera, joins fiddler Bríd Harper alongwithharp/accordionduo Seána
Davey and Stephen Do her ty for a double
header in City Hall. Phelim Drew will celebrate the legacy of his father Ronnie and The Dubliners in the Pepper Canister Church, and elsewhere there are magical opportunities to catch emerging artists such as Loah, Ailbhe Reddy and Sive, not to mention Sibéal Ní Chasaide. Jim Page makes a welcome
return, as do TeddyThompson, Jerry
Douglas and Kate Rusby (above). It’s a feast for music lovers, promising to cast a shaft of light into the dark and (hopefully dying) days of winter. One reservation though: the proliferation of concerts in church venues can lend an overly reverential air to proceedings, dulling the audience’s response to the music. And then there’s the pelvic girdle-crunching discomfort of those church pews . . .
Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span