Tradfest Temple Bar 2015 – 29th January
A Festival showcasing the full spectrum of of traditional and folk music in some of Dublin City's most unique venues.
Thursday Jan 29th THE MORGAN BAR: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Friday Jan 30th THE AULD DUBLINER: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Sunday Feb 1st THE FRONT LOUNGE: Doors 3.30pm Show 4pm
While working as a session musician with The Mary Black Band, Eleanor made the decision to cash in her savings and develop her own career. In the course of a week her life would change. Mary’s label owner heard Eleanor play a self-penned song that would give a name and title track to the all-female compilation album…‘A Woman’s Heart”, Ireland’s bestselling album. Simultaneously she was signed to Geffen where her eponymous album went on to sell 250,000 copies. ‘Precious Little’ was a Billboard hit and ‘Sophie’ has become a worldwide focus and comfort to millions of young people with eating disorders. Her previous album ‘Alone’ is a collection of her best-loved songs performed solo. ‘Stuff’, her latest album, was released in May of this year. An eleven-track miscellany, Stuff tells tales of unrequited love, lust and eloquent farewell. It is a heady brew of caustic observation laced with wit and wry self-deprecation typical of multi-instrumentalist McEvoy, all delivered in the Irish star’s rich, lilting voice. Eleanor’s live performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour, through her own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks, with her unique voice and beautiful playing.
KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN
Date: Thurs Jan 29th
Time: Doors 8.00pm Show 8:30pm
Venue: St. Werburgh's Church
Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
Date: Thurs Jan 29
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: City Hall
Born in Tralee, Co Kerry and raised in nearby Kilmoyley, Leonard began his musical tutelage at the age of eight under the guidance of his Uncle Bert O’Brien and dedicated himself to mastering the Uileann pipes aged 15. While North Kerry is not known for its piping tradition, people such as Paddy Keenan and Liam O’Flynn quickly became strong influences upon Leonard’s playing. He has been described within the pages of The Irish Times as …’a piper with an eye for cut-glass detail, he etches out a tune with enviable precision…’. Notable performances include appearances at many International festivals including – The Hong Kong Folk Festival, Skagen Festival (Denmark) and Shetland Folk Festival. In 2013 Leonard released his second collection, ’New Road’ to mass critical acclaim. His collaborators on the album reads like a who’s-who of the Irish Trad scene, featuring names such as John Carty, Cathy Jordan and the great Christy Moore. Demand for his TradFest show is sure to be intense.
Thursday Jan 29th THE MERCHANT’S ARCH: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Friday Jan 30th THE PORTERHOUSE: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Sunday Feb 1st FITZSIMONS of TEMPLE BAR: Doors 3.30pm Show 4pm
The young Edmund Enright first picked up a guitar in his parents’ pub in his hometown of Birr Co. Offaly. Moving to the bright lights of Dublin when he was just 17, he became a regular fixture on Grafton St alongside the likes of Glen Hansard and Damian Dempsey. Having paid his dues on the busking circuit he was signed by Epic records and released his first album ‘Jelly Legs’ in 1996. More hits and multi-platinum albums on his own label followed during the next decade including hit singles ‘July’, ‘Mexico’ and ‘Linchpin’ as well as Mundy’s version of Steve Earle’s song ‘Galway Girl’ with Sharon Shannon. The song became the most downloaded tune in Ireland for two years running, the studio version going to number one in the charts and picking up two meteor awards, with the CD reaching multi-platinum status. The follow-up, ’24 Star Hotel’ outsold its predecessor, going double platinum. He is also currently in the middle of mixing his sixth studio album. With huge radio hits like July and Mexico, Mundy always gets the pulse racing and the feet stomping. Expect new songs as well as lots of favourites.
Thursday Jan 29th BUSKERS BAR: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Friday Jan 30th THE NORSEMAN: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Sunday Feb 1st THE TEMPLE BAR: Doors 3.30pm Show 4pm
Paddy Casey has been at the forefront of the Irish music scene since releasing his debut album ‘Amen (So Be It)’ in 1999, while his second release ‘Living’ became the biggest selling album in Ireland, out-selling U2. “I am driven to record and write songs, I always have been…I’ve been recording bits and pieces since I was 9 or 10. I always thought that musicians were my politicians, teachers, religious leaders etc. I don’t even have to wonder about it, it’s like breathing, it’s not really something I can switch off”. As one of Ireland’s most popular artists Paddy has had the honour of sharing the stage with U2 on their Vertigo tour, while also selling out week-long residencies in Dublin’s prestigious Olympia Theatre and The RDS. He has also featured heavily on the international stage having performed on the hit American CBS chat show ‘The Late Show’ with David Letterman.
Date: Thurs Jan 29 Time: Doors 8.00pm Show 8:30pm Venue: St. Patrick's Cathedral Ticket: €35.99
Sweeney’s Men have often been described as a seminal influence on the revival of folk music in Ireland and abroad in the ’60s, ’70s and beyond, paving the way for all who would follow in their trad footsteps. When Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods reunited for Andy Irvine’s birthday gig in 2012 they rediscovered their joy for live performance and haven’t looked back since. Expect to hear their trademark interplay between mandolin and bouzouki. Expect to be moved and charmed by some of the best in the business!
THE DUBLIN LEGENDS
Thursday Jan 29th THE OLIVER ST. JOHN GOGARTY – LIBRARY BAR: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Friday Jan 30th THE ARLINGTON: Doors 5.30pm Show 6pm Sunday Feb 1st THE OLD STOREHOUSE: Doors 3.30pm Show 4pm Sunday Feb 1st THE OLD STOREHOUSE: Doors 3.30pm Show 4pm
Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Paul Watchorn and Paul Kelly are all true legends of Irish Folk music. Sean & Eamonn were members of the iconic Dubliners for close to 30 years. Paul Watchorn, one of the best five-string banjo players in Ireland, toured the world as a member of Derek Warfield’s Sons Of Erin for many years while multi-instrumentalist Paul Kelly was a founding member of Rusty Old Halo with Mick Hanly and played with the Sharon Shannon Band worldwide for many years. In 2012 the Legendary Irish Folk group The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Sadly however, they subsequently suffered a body blow with the sudden tragic death of founding member ‘Banjo’ Barney McKenna. John Sheahan, after 48 years of touring, decided it was time to step off the tour bus and it was agreed that The Dubliners, as a touring band, would come to an end. And so THE DUBLIN LEGENDS were born, continuing to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over; ‘Whiskey in The Jar’, ‘Dirty Old Town’, ‘The Wild Rover’, ‘Seven Drunken Nights’, ‘The Rare Auld Times’, ‘Finnegan’s Wake’, ‘Molly Malone’, ‘The Monto’, ‘Black Velvet Band’ & many more.
THE IRISH CONCERTINA ENSEMBLE
Date: Thurs Jan 29
Time: Doors 7.30pm Show 8.00pm
Venue: City Hall
ICE – The Irish Concertina Ensemble comprises five internationally renowned and highly creative exponents of the Anglo Concertina; Tim Collins, Edel Fox, Caitlín Ní Gabhann, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Pádraig Rynne. Integrating Bass, Baritone and Piccolo concertinas with the standard treble concertina, ICE presents a new and highly innovative sonic template for concertina music in Irish traditional music today. Drawing on the wealth of experience and artistic creativity within the ensemble, the quintet explores and extends the melodic, percussive, rhythmic and harmonic boundaries of the concertina, creating in the process, a completely new performance trajectory for the instrument. The quintet has brought together a highly interesting repertoire of music, drawing on established melodies within the canon of Irish traditional music as well as melodies from other folk traditions. In addition, the quintet performs a substantial corpus of newly composed pieces that have been penned by different artists within the ensemble, including the Brian Boru Concertina Concerto; a suite of music written and arranged for the quintet by director, Tim Collins.