Saturday 15 December 2018

Skerries trad is coming back

Skerries will be alive to the sound of trad

Dermot Byrne and Yvonne Casey
Dermot Byrne and Yvonne Casey

John Manning

Skerries will be alive with the sound of traditional music, later this month as the popular Skerries Traditional Music Weekend returns to the coastal town for the 17th time.

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend will take place from May 18 to May 20 of in the picturesque seaside town of Skerries. Skerries will play host to a weekend packed with music, song and dance where leading artists will travel to the coastal town and join with locals and visitors in a celebration of our unique Irish heritage.

The festival is now deeply embedded in the annual social calendar in Skerries and is always a lively part of the town's busy and all year round festival programme.

Organisers of the festival have lined up a great selection of top class individual traditional musicians who will be participating throughout this great festival weekend and the varied programme of events will include formal concerts, recitals, tutoring and pub sessions.

Artists such as Mary Bergin, Dermot Byrne, Michelle Mulcahy, Dermy Diamond, Mick O'Brien, Tara Diamond, Mairéad Casey, Conal Ó Gráda and many, many more will be all be taking part over a jam-packed weekend of the best in Irish traditional music.

There will be great sessions during the weekend which will include a Singing Session, Slow Session for Adults and a Teenage Session aimed at providing an opportunity for young musicians to play together and sample the session atmosphere.

Local musician, James O'Mahony will lead the way to some of the local schools accompanied by a team of musicians to perform and interact with the primary school students. Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is proud to be involved in this Outreach Programme which over the years has nurtured a keen interest in traditional music among the younger members of the local community

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is very grateful to Fingal County Council, Progressive Credit Union Limited, The Moriarty Group and the local businesses of Skerries.

The opening concert of the weekend will see a stage full of traditional music legends at the Little Theatre.

'KGB', a traditional music super group made up of Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne will perform on the opening Friday night of the festival at 8pm in The Little Theatre venue.

Progressive Credit Union Limited are proud to sponsor this Opening Concert. Tickets are available now by contacting a member of our Committee on 087 6528643 or book online at

The festival sees trad fans swarm to the village each year and this 17th running of the festival is bigger and better than ever and it promises to be an unmissable event for trad lovers.

Fingal Independent