Temple Bar TradFest

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The Temple Bar TradFest is an annual traditional Irish Music and Cultural Festival. The purpose of the festival is to promote Irish musical traditions. This 5-day festival takes place the last week of January every year in Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.


The Temple Bar TradFest was set up and organised by The Temple Bar Company. The first edition of the festival took place in January 2006 in and around Temple Bar, Dublin. The festival's artists perform in Dublin's most famous venues, such as the St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, St. Michan's Church, Dublin, City Hall,Dublin St. Werburgh's Church, Dublin, Dublin Castle and The Button Factory.[1][2][3]

The festival was initiated to reinforce the association of Temple Bar with (traditional) Irish music (or folk music of Ireland) and promoting the area as the cultural quarter of Dublin. In ten years time, the festival has grown out to be Ireland's largest festival of traditional music that also features Folk music, nu-folk and Rock and roll. Besides musical performances in the large venues, TradFest also organises Front Row Sessions, which are intimate performances in five different pubs in Temple Bar performed by the festival's performing artists. Families and children are entertained through the family events and workshops.[4]

The eleventh edition of the festival will take place on the 27th until the 31st of January 2016. Information on Temple Bar TradFest can be found on the official website, Temple Bar Trad [5]


The artists performing at the 2006 edition included:


The artists performing at the 2007 edition included:

The Festival patron was Irish actor Brendan Gleeson.


The artists performing at the 2008 edition included:

The Festival patron was Irish actor Stephen Rea. He remained the festival patron for every edition since.


The artists performing at the 2009 edition included:


The festival celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2010.

The artists performing at the 2010 edition included:

The festival programmer was Kieran Hanrahan.


2011 marked the first year in which concerts were held in the iconic Christ Church Cathedral. Clannad and Altan performed special anniversary concerts, celebrating 4 decades of making music. It was also the first time that the original line-up of Clannad had performed in over five years. Special musical guests joining Clannad on stage during the festival included Brian Kennedy, Paul Noonan and Anúna.

The artists performing at the 2011 Temple Bar TradFestedition included:


TradFest 2012 lasted five days, from Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 29 January, with concerts in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City Hall and The Button Factory. The Temple Bar Tradfest continues to be Dublin's largest and fastest growing Irish Music and Cultural festival and the single largest cultural event held in Temple Bar on an annual basis.

The artists performing at the 2012 edition included:


2013 was the eighth year for the Temple Bar TradFest with an additional day, adding up to six days of festivities, from Tuesday 22 January to Sunday 27 January. The concerts were performed at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Dublin City Hall, St. Werburgh Church and The Button Factory. Other highlights include over two hundred free events, music trail, singers club, open sessions, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish dance show, master classes and showcases, gigs for kids, children's club, pipe bands, street performers, a rural Irish village in the city and much more.

The artists performing at the 2013 edition included:


Temple Bar TradFest was reduced to five days again for the ninth edition in 2014, and was held from the 22nd of January until the 26th.

The artists performing at the 2014 edition included:


2015 marked the tenth anniversary of the Temple Bar TradFest. In the tenth edition, a new venue was added, the Irish House of Lords and a unique 10th anniversary Gala Celebration was held in Dublin Castle. The five-day programme attracted more than 60.000 visitors from the 28th of January until the 1st of February.

The artists performing at the 2015 edition included:


TradFest Temple Bar 2016 ran from 27-31 January.[6] The artists performing at the 2016 edition included:

  • Martin Hayes
  • Trad Gala Night: Irish bands Dervish/ Lunasa/ Triad
  • Folk Gala Night: Dick Gaughan/ Ralph McTell/ Maura O'Connell (with support from Polly Barrett)
  • Séamus Begley/Oisín Mac Diarmad
  • Dougie MacLean
  • Julie Fowlis
  • Foster & Allen
  • Duke Special
  • Tír na nÓg
  • Oysterband
  • The Stunning
  • Luka Bloom
  • Noel Hill & Tony Linnane (with support by Jack Talty & brothers Damien & Padraic O'Reilly)
  • Ré (Featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí and his all-star band)
  • Heidi Talbot
  • Teddy Thompson
  • Aoife O'Donovan and Band
  • Ciaran Lavery
  • The Lost Brothers
  • The Whileaways
  • The Young Folk
  • Karen Tweed
  • Michelle Mulcahy
  • TCD TradSoc
  • Kevin Glackin & Sean Potts


The artists performing at the 2017 edition should include:


The Temple Bar TradFest is organised by Temple Bar Company, formerly TASCQ (Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter Limited), a not for profit trade group in Temple Bar, founded in 2003.[11]


Sponsors are:[12]



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  6. ^ "TradFest Temple Bar 2016 – January 27 @ 6:00 pm - January 31 @ 10:00 pm". grev.eu. 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ag súil go mór leis an Temple Bar Tradfest 29 ú Éanair 2017 (Looking forward to the Temple Bar Tradfest 29 January 2017)". Facebook. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Na Mooneys – Date: Sun 29th". Temple Bar TradFest. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Altan at the Templebar Tradfest 2017 – The beginning of our 30th Anniversary year!". Facebook. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Trad Gala: Altan/ Four Men And A Dog/ Boffin to Burren – Date: Sat 28th". Temple Bar TradFest. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
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