Enjoy Bulmers TradFest Music Trail

Finbar Furey

TRADFEST 2018 is around the corner.

The Bulmer’s Trail brings over 60 events, offering free music and song as we celebrate the feast of St Patrick.

Highlights from the Bulmers Music Trad Trail include the Bonny Men, one of the most exciting trad/folk acts on the music scene who will perform in Paris Texas on March 16, 9.30pm.

Described by TG4 as a ‘create a dynamic sound that captures the essence of traditional music at its best’ this show is not to be missed.

On March 18, also in Paris Texas from 9.30pm are Notify, a formation of musicians with backgrounds in Jazz, Traditional Irish, Electronic, Pop and Funk music who naturally established a system of balance that instantly draws listeners.

They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with forward thinking innovation in a tasteful way that connects with audiences worldwide.

All the way from Nevada City, California are the Rayos who entertain for three consecutive nights at Sullivan’s Tap Room, John Street, March 16 to 18, 8pm.

Ye Vagabonds

The husband and wife duo team up to create and perform music that is raw and refined, soulful and heady and completely visceral.

Bulmers Music Trail welcomes the aptly named Cat’s Trad Trail which runs from March 16, finishing in Matt the Millers on March 19.

This exciting concept will see 24 top trad musicians, arranged by committee member, Martin Coughlan, at venues throughout the city to showcase their impressive talents and energetic performances incorporating banjos to bouzoukis, flutes to fiddles and everything in between.

The sessions will feature, real, pure traditional music at its best.

With a stellar line-up including Finbar Furey, Brian Kennedy, Scullion, The Henry Girls, ZoDoMo the TradFest offers an array of exciting activities including street performances, master classes, dancing events, workshops and trad discos.

Six years only in existence, TradFest is a firm favourite on the Irish festival circuit. 

The four-day feast of traditional music kicks off on March 16 with a special event in Ryan’s Bar to honour Kilkenny’s finest music advocate, the late Willie Meighan.

Drumming with Jeremy Hickey

Bulmers Music Trail will bring a host of free gigs as well as a long list of talented Irish musicians playing as part of The Cat’s Trail.

Our medieval architecture offers some of the finest concert venues in Ireland with Finbar Furey in St Canice’s Cathedral while Máirtín O’Connor, Zoë Conway and Dónal Lunny hold master classes in Kilkenny Castle.

There’s a chance to ‘Dine with the Henry Girls’ at award-winning Anocht Restaurant and the Donegal Diamonds host a master class in St John’s Priory. 

The Watergate Theatre plays host to Brian Kennedy, while Kyteler’s Inn will be hopping to Scullion and Caladh Nua followed by a midnight Trad disco with DJ Ollie Mullooly.

At the yard of Kilkenny Castle, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland co-host an event with uilleann piper and maker Mickey Dunne and the Kilkenny Pipers Club.

This free event is all about how uilleann pipes are made and played and has been organised as part of TradFest to celebrate the recent inclusion by UNESCO of Uilleann Piping on its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Kilkenny’s multi-instrumentalist, Jeremy Hickey aka RSAG, will host drumming and percussion workshops for all ages offering an enjoyable way to learn new skills and make some noise which complements the broad array of new young trad bands coming to the festival for the first time.

The festival will have some of the most interesting trad acts in the country such as Jiggy, Moxie, Ye Vagabonds and the Remedy Club.