Kilkenny comes alive with the return of KIlkenny TradFest from 15th - 18th March, featuring some of the country’s top traditional music performers and offering concert goers unique opportunities to experience live music in some of Kilkenny’s most historic places.
The highlights include the first Tradfest appearance by Donegal’s finest and one of Ireland’s true supergroups, Altan, in St. Canice’s Cathedral and the first concert performance by the Banner county’s national and world champion Kilfenora Céilí Band in the Watergate Theatre.
Also, Inistioge resident and Gloaming lead singer Iarla Ó Lionáird with his long-time collaborator Steve Cooney and Téada with West Kerry’s finest Séamus Begley leading the young and energetic band who appeared at the very first Tradfest. The KGB are also coming to town, made up of trad legends, Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne in a unique fundraiser for the new Kilkenny CBS school.
The Tradtrail throughout the city, sponsored by Bulmers, will feature local and leading national musicians in laid-back and casual settings in some of Ireland’s best local pubs - all for free, while a rich programme of workshop is also available: from instrument making with local manufacturer Paddy Cleere, to drumming with legend Jeremy Hickey (RSAG) and bodhran maestro Tommy Lanigan