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Our Live At The Hub concerts have become an important part of TradFest, introducing new music to agents and managers, potentially propelling performers to the next level of their career. All acts selected for our showcases have a unique sound and talent, and most importantly, passion and love for their music.

In memory of the late Oliver Hughes we have established The Oliver Hughes TradFest Bursary. As Chairman of The Temple Bar Company Oliver was committed to not only establishing TradFest but also in making it a success. Oliver was an enormous music enthusiast and we see no greater tribute to him than in helping future artists on their own journey to a successful music career.

This year we are delighted to announce a new collaboration with Milwaukee Irish Fest, one of the world’s largest celebrations of Irish and Celtic music with over 100,000 visitors each year. In 2018 TradFest and Milwaukee Irish Fest are joining forces. A judging panel representing both festivals will choose the best Live at the Hub performance and the winning act will perform at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2018 and TradFest 2019.

Come along, show your support and witness the future stars of trad and folk in action.

VENUE: The Old Storehouse (downstairs), Crown Alley


Sonnets and Sisters


DAY: Thurs 25th Jan TIME: 10:30 – 11:00pm

Based in Dundalk, Ireland, the band’s name, ‘Sonnets and Sisters’, reflects the dreamy lyrics in their original compositions while also encapsulating the family type bond between the members. Their music is hallmarked by haunting harmonies intertwined with powerful and catchy choruses which sweep the audience along in a sea of airy optimism.

Junior Brother


DAY: Thurs 25th Jan TIME: 11:20 – 11:50pm

Junior Brother is an experimental folk singer/ songwriter from Co. Kerry, Ireland, playing music which is sometimes challenging or humorous and sometimes both. Strange stories, poetic and arcane, unfold with reckless abandon to an idiosyncratic guitar and foot tambourine accompaniment. His material draws heavily in tone and subject matter from his upbringing in rural Ireland.

Boxing Banjo

DAY: Thurs 25th Jan TIME: 12:10 -12:40am

The Boxing Banjo is the most exciting new act on the Irish traditional music scene.

Playing a range of musical genres such as classical, Irish traditional and rock music they have amassed in excess of 20 All-Ireland titles on instruments and in singing along with 4 world bodhrán titles. They have toured their unique blend of trad, old-time and bluegrass all over the world to rave reviews.



DAY: Fri 26th Jan TIME: 10:30 – 11:00pm

Laura Quirke (guitar, vocals) and Claire Kinsella (cello, vocals) started performing together while studying music and languages in Maynooth University, Ireland. Harmonious vocal melodies simply accompanied by cello and guitar, lend a sincere and honest rootsy sound, borrowing from a wide range of influences, traditional and alternative.

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DAY: Fri 26th Jan TIME: 11:20 – 11:50pm

Kern is a contemporary folk trio. Brendan McCreanor (uilleann piper), SJ McArdle (rock and folk musician) and Barry Kieran (champion fiddler) all hail from Louth which shows in their selection of traditional music and in their self-written compositions. ‘False Deceiver’, their debut album features thunderous sets of traditional tunes vie-ing with lyrical, atmospheric songs.

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DAY: Fri 26th Jan TIME: 12:10 – 12.40am

While undergoing classical training at Cork School of Music the four members of Strung maintained a participating interest in Irish traditional music. Their dynamic ensemble and unique backgrounds allow them to subtly integrate complex harmonies and innovative motifs, while staying true to the deep-rooted authenticity of traditional Irish melodies. Truly original!

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