Feast of trad on the menu in Dingle

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:36

World Dancing champion David Geaney soars over Fungie's statue as Kerry footballer Marc O'Se joins musicians Aoife Granville, Darran Roche and Patrick Hazelton, from MOXI, and Christine McGrattan and Jerry O'Sullivan to launch this year's Dingle Tradfest.

AS the summer draws to a close there is no sign of things slowing down in West Kerry with the imminent arrival of Dingle Tradfest.

Returning for its third outing, the festival has provided lovers of traditional music with a focal point and there is no doubt that hoards of musical enthusiasts will beat a path to Dingle again this year to enjoy a varied programme of events from Thursday September 12 to Monday September 15.

A number of unique events will take place this year; along with a series of concerts featuring some of the best traditional musicians on the circuit today. These include a themed session trail in local pubs and musicians will ascend to greater heights by scaling Cnoc a'Cairn for a session on the hilltop overlooking Dingle town.

According to Deirdre Granville, one of the festival organisers, Dingle Tradfest promotes Irish traditional music in an innovative way, placing special emphasis on the creativity of young traditional musicians.

"Up and coming groups such as Moxie, The Full Set and The Low Tone Trio will perform at various venues throughout the weekend," she said. "The annual Trad Disco with uber-cool DJ Conor Crimmins will take place at Club H2O in the Hillgrove on Saturday night and the festival will also host a tribute to renowned songwriter and songster, the late Tony Small, which will be curated and presented by Dingle native and well known Irish singer Pauline Scanlon."

The festival will also see the trad community remember the late, great Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé who passed away suddenly last Thursday and whose singing and playing on his trusty bosca cheoil brought happiness to so many during his lifetime.

Full details of events are now available at the official website, DingleTradfest.com, where you can also download a programme.

As the Tommy Griffin Over-35s Football Tournament takes place on the Saturday of the weekend, Dingle Tradfest also intend to field a team of musicians in the tournament; their musical tones replacing the 'flowery' language often heard on the football pitch!

Any further information on the 2013 Dingle Tradfest can be accessed be contacting Deirdre at dingletradfest@gmail.com.


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