Kilkenny Trad Fest 2022

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BRINGING YOU LIVE MUSIC, CEOL AGUS CRAIC

Kilkenny TradFest is thrilled to announce its return with live, in-person performances and an extended programme, including a brand new music series of concerts at the stunning Medieval Mile Museum, made possible by the Local Live Public Performance Scheme from and administered by Kilkenny Arts Office. Their 2022 invited musicians are so excited to be back performing, and to create the thrill and energy of live music; so come join us, book your tickets and look forward to the return and magic of live music once again!

Special concerts and headline acts of the TradFest programme represent the very best of Irish traditional music and the 2022 line-up includes Paul Brady, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, Máirtín O’Connor Cathal Hayden & Séamie O’Dowd, Inni-K, Seo Linn, The Bonny men, Kevin Burke & The Goodman Trio, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre, Pip & John Murphy, The Peter Browne Trio, Aoife Scott & Band, George Murphy & The Rising Sons and more!

Trad Fest Vid

 

 

There is an extensive Music Trail in Kilkenny’s finest pubs – such a great way to enjoy a superb array of FREE live music sessions and sing-alongs with everything from trad to folk and ballads and more besides! The Trail brings the medieval streets of Kilkenny to life as locals and visitors nip in and out to hear great music.

Kilkenny TradFest was established in 2013, it is organised by Kilkenny City Vintners sponsored by Bulmers, and is supported by Kilkenny County Council. It takes place alongside the ever expanding and very exciting St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny each year.

TradFest has attracted numerous accolades and in 2016 was awarded ‘Small Festival of the Year’ award by the prestigious IMRO music body ‘in recognition of Ireland’s live music venues who provide the public with exceptional live music experiences, week in, week out’. It was nominated again in 2019.
Bígí Linn!

Bulmers

Bulmers Music Trail

For Kilkenny Tradfest 2022 pubs throughout the city have arranged free music sessions – a mixture of trad, rock, ballads & folk with many familiar names on the line-up! Come along + enjoy your favourite kind of session.

Scroll below to view the line up for each day! 

Kilkenny TradFest Concerts 2022

Check out the fantastic line of up Free Concerts throughout Kilkenny during Kilkenny Tradfest from March 16th to 20th. See events below and Book Now! 

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Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

Zoë Conway & John McIntyre, this superb wife and husband folk duo bring to the stage traditional Irish, jazz and new world music. With an eclectic blend of fiddle and guitar music, their arrangements combine the very best of old and new music. The duo have recorded on major film soundtracks. Separately and together they have won numerous international awards. Different and distinctive, outrageously talented and accomplished. BOOK NOW

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The Bonny Men

The Bonny Men comprise seven talented musicians; prestigious titles among them include multiple All-Ireland Champions, twice World Bodhrán Champion, and a recipient of the prestigious TG4 “Young Musician of the Year”. In 2020 they were nominated for Best Folk Group; and Best Traditional Track; at the 2020 RTÉ Folk Awards. Established in 2011, their sets of tunes burst with explosive energy and vibrant sound.

“A reputation for electric live performances with an energy reminiscent of the legendary Bothy Band.” (Hot Press) BOOK NOW

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Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney

Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird and acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney have forged a unique musical partnership over many year performing songs from the sean-nós tradition (singing in the old/traditional style). Iarla, steeped in West Cork music traditions and Steve representing Australian aboriginal imagination create distinctive, memorable music. BOOK NOW

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Kilfenora Céilí Band

World-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band, return to Kilkenny with its band’s distinctive rhythm. More than a century old, the band has adapted their fast-paced for a modern audience. Previous performances include Glastonbury, The Lincoln Centre NYC, venues in London, Paris and Switzerland. Don’t miss them here in medieval Kilkenny! BOOK NOW

Seo Linn

Seo Linn

With three of the four band members hailing from Kilkenny, their influences are varied; from traditional Irish to old school rock, modern pop to classical orchestra.
Stiofán Ó Fearail – Guitars, Vocals Daithí Ó Ruaidh – Keyboard, Synth, Saxophone, Harmonicas, Whistle, Vocals Kevin Shortall – Accordion, Percussion, Vocals Keith Ó Briain – Bass, Mandolin, Guitars, Percussion, Vocals

Their debut album, ‘Solas’, released in 2017 won the Nós Music Awards for ‘2017 Album of the Year’. Seo Linn have proven themselves as top class entertainers on an international stage captivating fans in Ireland, the US, the UK, Australia, Italy, France and Uganda. BOOK NOW

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Aoife Scott & Band

Aoife – born into the legendary Black family – has a unique sound, largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Her single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” was named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017. While in America she received the award of Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US) in 2018. BOOK NOW

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Pip & John Murphy

“There aren’t a lot of Irish harmonica players who play jigs and reels, and who write jigs and reels,” “The Murphys have a special way of playing. They’re masters.”
Philip King BOOK NOW

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George Murphy & The Rising Sons

Following the success of his 2019 tour George Murphy and his band The Rising Sons are back on the road and have just announced a 20 date tour of Ireland, U.K and America for 2022. The Dubliner made his mark on the Irish music scene after a memorable appearance on the RTE Television show “You’re a Star” where his rendition of classic songs by Luke Kelly wowed the nation. George has released four solo studio albums including Dreamed A Dream(Sony), So The Story Goes, The Ballad of Archie Thompson, and 2016’s Shadowman:The Stable Sessions. George also toured extensively with The High Kings filling the vacancy left by the departure of Martin Furey. BOOK NOW

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Kevin Burke & The Goodman Trio

Master fiddler Kevin Burke is regarded as one of the finest, most influential players in music today. From The Bothy Band to Patrick Street, he has defined Irish fiddling for a generation.

The Goodman Trio comprise acclaimed uilleann piper Mick O’Brien, multi-instrumentalist Emer Mayock and the renowned fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain. The fabulously talented trio will perform the music of Cannon James Goodman’s music. BOOK NOW

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Paul Brady

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues traditional Irish & classic pop styles into his songwriting. His live performances, whether solo or with a full band, include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years. Often classified as a musicians’ musician, Paul Brady’s songs have been covered by a huge array of major artists. BOOK NOW

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MÁIRTÍN O'CONNOR | CATHAL HAYDEN | SEAMIE O'DOWD

Ireland’s most renowned Irish button accordionist Mairtin O’Connor who began playing at the age of nine has built a formidable musical relationship with Cathal Hayden, a multiple All Ireland winner of fiddle and banjo, along with the multi-talented Seamie O’Dowd vocalist, guitarist and song writer. This dynamic, talented trio are recognised for their skill, mastery and diversity of Irish Trad which enthrals and energizes audiences at home and internationally. BOOK NOW

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Inni-K

Inni-K (Eithne Ni Chathain) has received consistent praise for her fresh style of indie-folk since the 2015 release of her acclaimed album ‘The King Has Two Horse’s Ears’. Her original song-writing career combines her unique approach to song-writing with deft musicianship, evocative lyrics and a unique approach to song writing. Her upcoming album of innovatively arranged sean-nós song ‘Iníon’ is due for release 11 February 2022 – bound to enthral! ‘One of Ireland’s most exciting artists’ (Irish Times). BOOK NOW

BRINGING YOU LIVE MUSIC, CEOL AGUS CRAIC

Kilkenny TradFest is thrilled to announce its return with live, in-person performances and an extended programme, including a brand new music series of concerts at the stunning Medieval Mile Museum, made possible by the Local Live Public Performance Scheme from and administered by Kilkenny Arts Office. Their 2022 invited musicians are so excited to be back performing, and to create the thrill and energy of live music; so come join us, book your tickets and look forward to the return and magic of live music once again!

Special concerts and headline acts of the TradFest programme represent the very best of Irish traditional music and the 2022 line-up includes Paul Brady, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, Máirtín O’Connor Cathal Hayden & Séamie O’Dowd, Inni-K, Seo Linn, The Bonny men, Kevin Burke & The Goodman Trio, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre, Pip & John Murphy, The Peter Browne Trio, Aoife Scott & Band, George Murphy & The Rising Sons and more!

Trad Fest Vid

 

 

There is an extensive Music Trail in Kilkenny’s finest pubs – such a great way to enjoy a superb array of FREE live music sessions and sing-alongs with everything from trad to folk and ballads and more besides! The Trail brings the medieval streets of Kilkenny to life as locals and visitors nip in and out to hear great music.

Kilkenny TradFest was established in 2013, it is organised by Kilkenny City Vintners sponsored by Bulmers, and is supported by Kilkenny County Council. It takes place alongside the ever expanding and very exciting St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny each year.

TradFest has attracted numerous accolades and in 2016 was awarded ‘Small Festival of the Year’ award by the prestigious IMRO music body ‘in recognition of Ireland’s live music venues who provide the public with exceptional live music experiences, week in, week out’. It was nominated again in 2019.
Bígí Linn!

Bulmers

Bulmers Music Trail

For Kilkenny Tradfest 2022 pubs throughout the city have arranged free music sessions – a mixture of trad, rock, ballads & folk with many familiar names on the line-up! Come along + enjoy your favourite kind of session.

Scroll below to view the line up for each day! 

Kilkenny TradFest Concerts 2022

Check out the fantastic line of up Free Concerts throughout Kilkenny during Kilkenny Tradfest from March 16th to 20th. See events below and Book Now! 

Https Cdn.evbuc.com Images 226889309 377476079805 1 Original

Zoë Conway & John McIntyre

Zoë Conway & John McIntyre, this superb wife and husband folk duo bring to the stage traditional Irish, jazz and new world music. With an eclectic blend of fiddle and guitar music, their arrangements combine the very best of old and new music. The duo have recorded on major film soundtracks. Separately and together they have won numerous international awards. Different and distinctive, outrageously talented and accomplished. BOOK NOW

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The Bonny Men

The Bonny Men comprise seven talented musicians; prestigious titles among them include multiple All-Ireland Champions, twice World Bodhrán Champion, and a recipient of the prestigious TG4 “Young Musician of the Year”. In 2020 they were nominated for Best Folk Group; and Best Traditional Track; at the 2020 RTÉ Folk Awards. Established in 2011, their sets of tunes burst with explosive energy and vibrant sound.

“A reputation for electric live performances with an energy reminiscent of the legendary Bothy Band.” (Hot Press) BOOK NOW

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Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney

Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird and acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney have forged a unique musical partnership over many year performing songs from the sean-nós tradition (singing in the old/traditional style). Iarla, steeped in West Cork music traditions and Steve representing Australian aboriginal imagination create distinctive, memorable music. BOOK NOW

Kilfenora 400x400

Kilfenora Céilí Band

World-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band, return to Kilkenny with its band’s distinctive rhythm. More than a century old, the band has adapted their fast-paced for a modern audience. Previous performances include Glastonbury, The Lincoln Centre NYC, venues in London, Paris and Switzerland. Don’t miss them here in medieval Kilkenny! BOOK NOW

Seo Linn

Seo Linn

With three of the four band members hailing from Kilkenny, their influences are varied; from traditional Irish to old school rock, modern pop to classical orchestra.
Stiofán Ó Fearail – Guitars, Vocals Daithí Ó Ruaidh – Keyboard, Synth, Saxophone, Harmonicas, Whistle, Vocals Kevin Shortall – Accordion, Percussion, Vocals Keith Ó Briain – Bass, Mandolin, Guitars, Percussion, Vocals

Their debut album, ‘Solas’, released in 2017 won the Nós Music Awards for ‘2017 Album of the Year’. Seo Linn have proven themselves as top class entertainers on an international stage captivating fans in Ireland, the US, the UK, Australia, Italy, France and Uganda. BOOK NOW

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Aoife Scott & Band

Aoife – born into the legendary Black family – has a unique sound, largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Her single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” was named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017. While in America she received the award of Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US) in 2018. BOOK NOW

Https Cdn.evbuc.com Images 230995359 377476079805 1 Original

Pip & John Murphy

“There aren’t a lot of Irish harmonica players who play jigs and reels, and who write jigs and reels,” “The Murphys have a special way of playing. They’re masters.”
Philip King BOOK NOW

George Murphy 400x385

George Murphy & The Rising Sons

Following the success of his 2019 tour George Murphy and his band The Rising Sons are back on the road and have just announced a 20 date tour of Ireland, U.K and America for 2022. The Dubliner made his mark on the Irish music scene after a memorable appearance on the RTE Television show “You’re a Star” where his rendition of classic songs by Luke Kelly wowed the nation. George has released four solo studio albums including Dreamed A Dream(Sony), So The Story Goes, The Ballad of Archie Thompson, and 2016’s Shadowman:The Stable Sessions. George also toured extensively with The High Kings filling the vacancy left by the departure of Martin Furey. BOOK NOW

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Kevin Burke & The Goodman Trio

Master fiddler Kevin Burke is regarded as one of the finest, most influential players in music today. From The Bothy Band to Patrick Street, he has defined Irish fiddling for a generation.

The Goodman Trio comprise acclaimed uilleann piper Mick O’Brien, multi-instrumentalist Emer Mayock and the renowned fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain. The fabulously talented trio will perform the music of Cannon James Goodman’s music. BOOK NOW

Website Copy Paul Brady 400x434

Paul Brady

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues traditional Irish & classic pop styles into his songwriting. His live performances, whether solo or with a full band, include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years. Often classified as a musicians’ musician, Paul Brady’s songs have been covered by a huge array of major artists. BOOK NOW

Https Cdn.evbuc.com Images 226857099 377476079805 1 Original

MÁIRTÍN O'CONNOR | CATHAL HAYDEN | SEAMIE O'DOWD

Ireland’s most renowned Irish button accordionist Mairtin O’Connor who began playing at the age of nine has built a formidable musical relationship with Cathal Hayden, a multiple All Ireland winner of fiddle and banjo, along with the multi-talented Seamie O’Dowd vocalist, guitarist and song writer. This dynamic, talented trio are recognised for their skill, mastery and diversity of Irish Trad which enthrals and energizes audiences at home and internationally. BOOK NOW

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Inni-K

Inni-K (Eithne Ni Chathain) has received consistent praise for her fresh style of indie-folk since the 2015 release of her acclaimed album ‘The King Has Two Horse’s Ears’. Her original song-writing career combines her unique approach to song-writing with deft musicianship, evocative lyrics and a unique approach to song writing. Her upcoming album of innovatively arranged sean-nós song ‘Iníon’ is due for release 11 February 2022 – bound to enthral! ‘One of Ireland’s most exciting artists’ (Irish Times). BOOK NOW

16th - 20th March