Sunday 16 June 2019

First trad-artist-in-residence programme

Trad Ireland/ Traid Éireann has selected County Sligo for its very first Trad Artist in Residence programme.

Founded by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada and Dubliner Tristan Rosenstock, Trad Ireland/ Traid Éireann is a new entity which seeks to promote the traditional arts throughout the island of Ireland and support practitioners through professional development opportunities.

Oisín Mac Diarmada spends many months each year on tour abroad with the group Téada, his wife Samantha Harvey and Kerry musician Séamus Begley, and is energised about developing opportunities for traditional musicians at home.

"This residency is about enabling a traditional artist to immerse themselves in the fertile musical landscape of Sligo for a year and engage with members of the community", says Mac Diarmada.

"We have such a rich tradition here in Sligo and we'd love the artist in residence to explore that a bit more.

"Through a number of engagements throughout the year they'll be in a position to draw more people into our traditional arts in schools, workplaces and other locations."

The pair have teamed up with Hawk's Well Theatre, who will provide a working space throughout the course of the residency for the Trad Artist in Residence.

This space will be invaluable, according to Tristan Rosenstock; "As a father of two very young children I know that having a space where you can perform or engage with your craft is hugely important.

"Having a space like this can really focus the mind and help bring a project along to a more advanced stage.

"So we'd love to hear from performers and practitioners who have a vision for how this residency can further their own artistic development".

The Trad Artist in Residence will receive 10,000 Euro, along with a working space in Hawk's Well Theatre, making it an exciting prospect for traditional artists.

"It's open to absolutely everyone, whether you're an emerging artist at the early stages of your career or a seasoned performer with decades of experience", says Mac Diarmada.

Applications can be made online at, and must be received by May 31st.

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