DINGLE will be filled with the heady sounds of trad from Thursday through until Sunday this week with the return of the Dingle Tradfest, which is now in its second year.
Following the success of their inaugural outing last year Tradfest organiser Deirdre Granville was delighted to welcome her Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne teaching colleague and new Kerry team manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice to officially launch the Tradfest programme of events on Monday.
There is a busy line up for this year's festival, which gets underway this Thursday with members of the town's wrens getting in some early practice in advance of December with Máirséail na Dreoilíní beginning at the Dingle Brewery at 7pm.
On Friday, things get into full swing with a concert in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne with festival musicians and students followed by the official launch of the Sráid Eoin CD later in the evening.
A polka and slide composition competition recital in memory of the late accordion player Stephen Carroll follows in An Lab while a session trail, entitled Tom Crean's Expedition, will take place in various pubs around Dingle featuring a wide and varied selection of some of the country's best trad musicians before Pádraig Ó Sé agus a Cháirde round off proceedings in the Hillgrove.
On Saturday two polkas will be performed at the summit of Mount Brandon, subject to the weather of course, but hopefully the boots and flutes will be at the ready to set off from Baile Breac for the climb.
The session trail continues around town before Damien Mullane and friends launch a new album in MacCarthy's before the festival's big concert, featuring trad maestros Dónal Lunny, Niall Vallely, Karen Casey, JP Trio & Niamh Farrell, the David Stone Quartet and world champion dancer David Geaney from Dingle take to the main stage of the Hillgrove.
If anyone has any energy left on Sunday there is plenty more taking place with the continuation of the session trail around the town and a solo concert performed by Michelle Mulcahy at the Dingle Brewery.
"We want to thank everyone in their efforts in making the festival happen again in 2012," said Deirdre Granville. "We really hope people come out and attend the gigs, sessions and events. Dingle and West Kerry is world famous for its trad and we are only too happy to provide a platform with Dingle Tradfest."
Tickets for the events can be purchased from MyTicketsIreland.ie, visit DingleTradfest.ie or check out the Dingle Tradfest page on Facebook for more information.