Now in its third year, Temple Bar Trad is Dublin’s premier celebration of traditional Irish music and culture. Once again, the festival has teamed up with Project Arts Centre to present some of the country’s most talented traditional musicians including ‘At First Light’, John Wynne, John McEvoy, Breda & Claire Keville and Sinead Caher. Project Bar will also host the nightly festival club where audience members can rub shoulders with musicians and maybe even share a tune! More information on www.templebartrad.com 8.30PM 23 JAN | At First Light / Breda & Claire Keville
At First Light is surely one of those special pioneering acts that push the boundaries and redraw the map. For five very experienced and knowledgeable artists at the peak of their creativity, the future looks bright.
Breda Keville is imbued with respect for the musical traditions of her area and plays fiddle in the fresh unhurried style of that part of east Galway. Claire Keville, music teacher and multi-instrumentalist, presents a traditional music programme each Tuesday evening on Clare FM called Music in the Glen. 8.30PM 24 JAN | John McEvoy & John Wynne / Geraldine Bradley
Well known in Irish traditional music circles, they recently teamed up to create the album Pride Of the West, a lively and intoxicating blend that does full credit to the north-west flute and fiddle tradition with unusual versions of some well known local tunes, as well as a couple of new compositions thrown into the mix. Due to unforseen circumstances Sinead Caher has been replaced in this performance by South Armagh singer Geraldine Bradley. 6.30PM 25 JAN |Clan Ranald
Described by Earl Hitcher of The Irish Echo and New York Times as “bringing youthful vigor, joyful virtuosity and bracing boldness to the musical tradition,” Clan Ranald, in their short history has gained the respect of critics and lovers of music alike. Band members include Martin Tourish (accordion), Luke Ward (boukouki) and Stiofán Ó Broin (percussion). 6.30PM 26 JAN| Niamh Ní Charra
Kerry Fiddler, Niamh Ní Charra has been strongly influenced by the wealth of local Sliabh Luachra musicians she grew up around. Somewhat of a child prodigy, she had support gigs for The Chieftains and Noel Hill under her belt before she reached her teens! A former member of the Riverdance troup, Niamh has delighted audiences with her fiery fiddling, fancy footwork and dazzling smiles across Europe, North America, South America and Asia.