Published on January 13th, 2010 | by Peter3
The Temple Bar Tradfest 2010
Living in Ballyboughal I am surrounded by some of the finest traditional irish music players the country has ever seen… I’m surrounded by a history of what seems to some to have never moved on… a history brimmed with stories of great nights and legendary sessions in O’Connors pub or up in The Naul where the likes of Seamus Ennis was born and reared. And it is amazing when people nee friends come out to where I live to see what happens every Friday night.
It wasn’t until I heard Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh speaking at the launch of the Tradfest that I realised how difficult it is for an Irish music player/ singer to make a living from that in this country…
It made me appreciate why some of the finest musicians in the land still travel to remote parts of this country purely for the craic and for what may turn out to be the best session, a fabled night… one where the hairs on the back of your neck rise to delight in a pure raw energy of what has made us who we are today. Some say it’s not until you have left the country that one appreciates what it truly means to be Irish and now it turns up right on our doorsteps…
Check out the Temple bar Tradfest website for further information. 27th -31st January
mild update of sorts:
got this in and what can I say…. was kind of looking for the connection…. is that the right word…. anyhow…. it is the guys and businesses of the temple bar traders who are putting this gig on…. and rightly so, they should get some cudos and that mention…. there are loads of eateries and trad sessions going free down there as well as the many great paid gigs. Gallaghers are just one of many. Go say hi… It is after all important we have this gig next year…. and the year after…..