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4 events for... trad music fans (and others) at this week's Tradfest

There’s nothing quite like a good trad music sesh.

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NOW IN ITS 13th year, Tradfest kicked off on Monday with some 100 events taking place over seven days.

Unlike other festivals, Tradfest allows concert-goers to experience a variety of live music in some of Dublin’s most iconic locations, including St Patrick’s Cathedral and City Hall.

We’ve rounded up four Tradfest events over the coming days that both new and long-standing trad music fans will enjoy, while the full schedule is available here.

1. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

When: Sunday 27 January

Where: Rathfarnham Castle

If you like your trad with a twist, this could be one for you. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh plays the hardanger d’amore, a 10-string variant of the fiddle that originates in Norway and has a very distinct sound. He’s probably best known as a member of The Gloaming – whose sold-out gigs in the National Concert Hall have become an annual highlight – but also works on a number of other projects. This is a special opportunity to see him play solo.

Find out more information here.

2. Steeleye Span

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When: 24 January

Where: St Patrick’s Cathedral

As they approach their 50th anniversary, Steeleye Span are bringing new and old hits to St Patrick’s Cathedral for what’s sure to be a one-of-a-kind gig.

Find out more information here.

3. Give Trad a Try

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When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January

Where: The Ark, Temple Bar

Give younger members of the family a chance to play an instrument at The Ark with drop-in sessions for beginners or newcomers to Irish music. Each participant will enjoy a 15-minute introduction to playing one traditional instrument, and will receive a certificate after learning how to complete a simple musical task on it. 

Find out more information here.

4. Tradhub

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When: Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January

Where: The Old Storehouse, Crown Alley

Experience a selection of up-and-coming artists in the one venue at Tradhub, which features acts with a unique sound and talent, including Elkin, Drops of Green and Susan O’Neill. 

Find out more information here.

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