Toe-tapping until cows come home
TOE-TAPPING is compulsory this week as the Temple Bar Tradfest transforms the capital into a paradise for trad lovers, especially those with children.
Now in its fifth year, the city's major celebration of traditional music and culture takes place from this Wednesday to Sunday and this year's event welcomes families in particular.
Cellist David Blake (6), left, from Young European Strings was pictured alongside giant cows on Cows Lane at the launch of the Family Programme yesterday.
Concerts range from small intimate affairs in the Project Arts Centre to larger performances at The Button Factory. As well as bringing 'craic agus ceol' to families, friends and music lovers, there will be a parade through the city and a day of fun alongside the Liffey. Street performances are also planned.
Organised and managed by TASCQ, the local traders group in Temple Bar, the festival is a non-profit venture featuring some of the best musicians from the Irish traditional scene and international contributors too.
The event took the gong for Best Traditional Festival in the 2009 Irish Festival Awards. For tickets, go to templebartrad.com/whats-on.