TradFest, Tullamore’s new traditional music festival, takes place this weekend, Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14.
TradFest is a community initiative to create a new traditional Irish music festival which intends to flood Tullamore with traditional Irish music on these dates, sharing the rich traditional music heritage that County Offaly possesses.
Tommy Craven, chairman of the TradFest organising committee explained; “We are aiming to attract visitors from around the country and abroad to our town to experience the many wonderful attractions Tullamore and indeed County Offaly has to offer.
”Our ultimate goal is to create an annual TradFest for Tullamore which will grow over the years and lead to a sustained interest in the genre, and over the next few years, place the town firmly on the traditional Irish music map.
”We have set our sights high and plan to bring a mixture of the very best internationally, nationally and locally acclaimed musicians to Tullamore to perform in concerts, sessions, recitals and workshops on the dates in question.” Mr Craven said the organising committee have been overwhelmed with the huge positivity that Tullamore TradFest has been received with.
”We have 16 venues in Tullamore signed up to our Session Trail, over double what we expected when we had our initial committee meeting. We have also been inundated with messages of support and good will from people locally, around the county, and indeed as far away as Switzerland and New Zealand with people telling us that they will be coming to Tullamore TradFest as part of their annual holiday home to Ireland.
”This is a huge opportunity for Tullamore to place itself on the Irish festival scene and build an annual event.
”We as a committee in association with our various partners such as the local vintners and our generous supporters and sponsors have put huge effort into organising a massive programme of events.
”We know that there is a good crowd travelling to Tullamore to enjoy the festival but we know that getting local support is crucial to the event’s success. We would appeal to everyone in Tullamore and surrounding areas to come out and support the event. With two concerts, instrument workshops, over 50 free sessions and free family entertainment there really is something for everyone.,” concluded Mr Craven.
Turn to pages 16 and 17 for details of the music line-up in Fergie’s and the Tullamore Court Hotel as part of Tradfest.
Full details of the session trail and family entertainment on the TradFest Website www.tullamoretradfest.com and on Facebook https://facebook.com/tullamoretradfest, Twitter @tmoretradfest and Instagram @tullamoretradfest