THE SES­SION CON­TIN­UES FOR TRADFEST

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - ON MY RADAR -

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

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