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TradFest Kilkenny 2016

St Patrick's Weekend - Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th March

A feast of traditional music, song & dance

http://kilkennytradfest.com

“Kilkenny Tradfest 2016 blooms with ‘Flowers’ heading the bill.”

Kilkenny Tradfest 2016 blooms in it’s 4th year with Hothouse Flowers heading the bill, along with many more acts joining the impressive music line up.

The 4th annual Kilkenny Tradfest returns to the marble city from 16th to 20th March 2016,  with a jam-packed programme filled with free and ticketed events for all ages. 

The first round of acts announced include Damien Dempsey, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Kila, Hothouse Flowers, Duke Special, The Gloaming’s Iarla O’ Lionard & Steve Cooney with many more to be announced next week. 

Kilkenny Tradfest organisers are delighted to have Bulmers as the main festival sponsors for the second year and the hugely successful Bulmers Music Trail will be announced very soon. 

The stellar music lineup kicks off on St Patrick’s Day with Kíla who will bring their hip-shaking, smile-making, funky, groovy brand of trad to Kilkenny Tradfest for a free outdoor concert in the magical grounds of Kilkenny’s Castle Park. The 6-piece have been celebrating the continued success of their recent album Suas Síos, the remarkable film Song of the Sea by Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon which they co-wrote the score for and the most recent news that the music they wrote for the documentary about the Shannon Ireland’s Secret River was nominated for an Emmy award.

An exciting addition to the festival programme is Choice music prize nominated musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire who will perform an intimate full band show at St. John’s Priory. Colm book-ended 2015 with a headline show with his eleven-piece band in Vicar Street in December. His new Album ‘And Now The Weather’ has been critically acclaimed (album of the week in The Irish Times).

Magical duo Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney play Set Theatre on Saturday 19 March. Ó Lionáird is known for his involvement with Afro Celt System and The Gloaming. He is one of Ireland’s leading Sean Nos singers, along with collaborating across a range of genres, and has released four solo albums through Real World Records. Joined on stage by Australian born guitarist, Steve Cooney who makes a welcome return to Tradfest 2016 having opened for Sharon Shannon at last year’s St Patrick’s Day concert at the Castle Park.

Duke Special plays an intimate show at Cleere’s Theatre on Saturday, 19 March. This will be a magical show exploring forgotten old dusty manuscripts along with songs from his most recent and well-received album, ‘Look out machines!’, not to mention many of the usual live favourites.

Billy Byrnes on John Street hosts a very special show with Hothouse Flowers on Sunday, 20 March with support act to be announced. With a career spanning over 30 years, the group continue to wow crowds at home and abroad with their lively shows. 

Dublin’s Damien Dempsey closes the festival on Sunday 20th March with a performance at Set Theatre. For this special performance Damien will draw upon the repertoire that will reflect the occasion the entire country is marking, in tribute to the men and women of the Easter Rising.

The 5 day festival will host events for all ages, including workshops, the Bulmers music trail, Ceili’s, St Patrick’s Day festival and more

For full details please visit www.kilkennytradfest.com. Tickets for all events go on sale Monday 25th February from tickets.ie.

Schedule 2016

(more events to be added)

Wednesday 16th March

Thursday 17th March

  • St Patricks Day Parade - starting at St Johns Church, Dublin Road - 1pm - Commencing at John Street, the community of Kilkenny will parade through the streets to Market Yard, kilkennytradfest.com/st-patricks-day/
  • Concert: Kila - Kilkenny Castle Park - 3pm, free - Kíla are bringing their hip-shaking, smile-making, funky, groovy brand of trad to Kilkenny Tradfest on St. Patricks Day for an outdoor concert in the magical grounds of Kilkenny’s castle park. This year they have been celebrating the continued success of their recent album Suas Síos, the remarkable film Song of the Sea which they co-wrote the score for and the most recent news that the music they wrote for the documentary about the Shannon Ireland’s Secret River was nominated for an Emmy award, kilkennytradfest.com/kila/

Kila to play at Kilkenny TradFest 2016

Friday 18th March

  • Concert: Colm Mac Con Iomaire - St Johns Priory, John St - 8pm, €17.50 - Enjoy an intimate concert with Choice music prize nominated Colm Mac Con Iomaire and his band at the stunning St. John’s Priory. In a crowded field of outstanding Irish fiddle players and interpreters of traditional music Colm Mac Con Iomaire is unique. His voice is unmistakably his own and his music bears distinctive creative hallmarks which have as much to do with his personality and character as with his impressive technical mastery, musical authority and exquisitely expressive playing, kilkennytradfest.com/colm-mac-con-iomaire

Saturday 19th March

  • Concert: Duke Special - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - 8pm, €20 - Duke Special plays an intimate show at Cleere’s Theatre on Saturday, 19 March. This will be a magical show exploring forgotten old dusty manuscripts along with songs from his most recent and well-received album, ‘Look out machines!’, not to mention many of the usual live favourites, kilkennytradfest.com/duke-special/
  • Concert: An evening with Iarla O’ Lionard & Steve Cooney - Set Theatre, John St - 8.30pm, €15 - Irish singer and producer Iarla Ó Lionáird is known for his involvement with Afro Celt System and The Gloaming. He performs Sean nós singing, and has released four solo albums through Real World Records. Iarla will be joined on stage by Australian born guitaris, Steve Cooney who makes a welcomed return to Tradfest 2016 having opened for Sharon Shannon at last year’s St Patrick’s Day concert at the Castle Park. A bassist, producer and didgeridoo player, Steve Cooney is one of the most dynamic modern performers in traditional music, kilkennytradfest.com/an-evening-with-iarla-o-lionard-steve-cooney/

Sunday 20th March

  • Concert: Hothouse Flowers - Billy Byrnes, John St - 7.30pm, €20 - Legendary Irish band led by Liam Ó Maonlaí. Released debut album in 1988 followed by 5 classic albums which featured songs including "Don't Go", "I'm Sorry", "Give It Up", "Thing of Beauty" and many more, kilkennytradfest.com/hothouse-flowers

Hothouse Flowers to play Kilkenny TradFest 2016

  • Concert: Damien Dempsey - Set Theatre, John St - 8.30pm, €20 - Dublin’s Damien Dempsey closes the festival on Sunday 20th March with a performance at Set Theatre. Damien Dempsey is a singer and songwriter who has never shied away from politics or history. The songs contained on his six studio albums and numerous live releases are essentially songs about people, the human condition, the Irish identity, if you like, kilkennytradfest.com/damien-dempsey

Damien Dempsey to play Kilkenny TradFest 2016