A traditional Irish music festival with a difference

Dingle Tradfest is an lively music festival focusing on all forms of traditional Irish and folk music between 11th and 14th September, 2014. Set in the beautiful town of Dingle, Tradfest has garnered a reputation as one of the best-kept secrets on the festival circuit and most unique events in Ireland.

The festival emphasises the creativity of young traditional Irish musicians as an innovative and unique way of promoting the rich history and mystic of Irish music. Dingle Tradfest has been taking place annually since 2011 with musicians making the trip to Ireland for the festival from both home and abroad. Notable artists include overseas acts such as KAN andand more locally based musicians such as Liam Ó Maonlaí, Niall Vallely, Donal Lunny, Karan Casey and Conal Ó Grada.

The festival will host a series of concerts, a themed session trail and outdoor events throughout Dingle, including Tom Crean’s Expedition and session on Cnoc a’ Cairn and the addition of a busking competition with money prizes.

Up and coming acts featuring this year include The Paddy O Callaghan Trio from Scotland, Cillian King & Band, Barry Tierney and the winners of the online group competition; Squeeze Box Social will perform at various venues in the County Kerry town, throughout the weekend.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the annual Trad Disco which takes place on Saturday night. The main stage festival concert will take place in Saint James church on Saturday night and feature renowned artists such as Tola Custy and Laoise Kelly. Dingle Tradfest will certainly be the place to be in September with a host of concerts, free session trail and lots lots more. 

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