A wee Paddy and a Bulmer’s

    Music Network, Zoe Connolly, Donal Luny and Mairtin O'Connor

    THERE’S A bit of a stretch to go before we share a Paddy Whiskey and a Bulmer’s Cider with St Patrick but the time is right to focus on Kilkenny TradFest which returns here for the St Patrick’s weekend.

    The festival promises to be four memorable days of craic and ceól featuring some of our country’s top performers across traditional music, song and dance.

    Awarded ‘Ireland’s Best Small Festival’ by The Irish Music Rights Organisation, the 2018 line-up includes Finbar Furey, Brian Kennedy, Scullion, Máirtín Connor, Donal Lunny, Zoe Conway, The Bonny Men, the Henry Girls, Moxie, Ye Vagabonds, Jiggy, Caladh Nua, Notify, The Remedy Club and the Rayos.

    Other festival features include the Bulmer’s Music Trail with over 60 free gigs in venues across the city.

    There will be a masterclasses in harmonised singing as well as accordion, fiddle and bouzouki by the ZoDoMo Trio, workshops in drumming with local sticksman Jeremy Hickey and sean nós dancing led by renowned performer Sibéal Davitt.

    Tickets are available now at www.kilkennytradfest.com and Rollercoaster Records, Kilkenny 056 7763669.