Téada with Séamus Begley
An Irish traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. In 2014, the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan and Taiwan, and continue to have a strong touring presence in the United States, where Téada has toured actively since 2001. Their most recent project ‘Onóir’ was a collaboration with composer Peadar Ó Riada commissioned by Gael Linn and the Arts Council commemorating centenary of 1916 Rising. This is a group of musicians at the very height of their powers.
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Entering their 20th year in 2018, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music quite like Blazin’ Fiddles. For the fiddle cognoscenti they offer the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions, from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all. Witness them set the stage alight!
Frankie Gavin – Songs of The Flanagan Brothers
Frankie discovered the music and songs of The Flanagan Brothers in the early eighties and his musical path changed forever! The 1920’s were an era of extraordinary recordings of emigrant Irish music in New York, and The Flanagans were perhaps the most successful band playing to huge crowds, in dance halls and even the Vaudeville circuit. De Dannan recorded a cover of ‘My Irish Molly Oh’ and had a huge hit with the song, and the rest is history. For this very special TradFest performance Frankie will be joined by two-time All Ireland champion Melodeon player Emma Corbett and Banjo player Martin Murray, plus special guests to be announced. Expect a night of warm nostalgia for all.
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