Sunday, 8 September 2013

Ireland’s musicians are asked to tune up and get ready to Trad for Trocaire

Trocaire is asking Ireland’s trad musicians to tune up and get ready to ‘raise the roof’ in aid of global poverty by taking part in Trad for Trocaire week.

Trad for Trocaire, which takes place from Friday 27th September to Friday 4th October 2013, is a fundraising and music week run by Trocaire and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.

During Trad for Trocaire week, trad musicians, music fans and venues hold traditional Irish music ‘seisuins’ and fundraise for Trocaire. The campaign celebrates Ireland’s deep musical heritage alongside its history of goodwill towards people facing poverty or human rights abuses.

Justin Kilcullen, Executive Director of Trocaire said: “This is Trad for Trocaire’s fourth year, during which time over 1,000 trad sessions in aid of Trocaire have been held. Last year alone, over 400 events took place countrywide.

“Through Trad for Trocaire, Ireland’s wonderful trad musicians are changing lives with their uplifting music, inspirational talent and selfless generosity. We are keen to hear from any trad musicians across the country who would like to join in and create some ‘ceoil agus craic’ during Trad for Trocaire week.”

Trad for Trocaire week runs from 27th September to 4th October 2013.

To get involved and order a Trad for Trocaire fundraising pack with posters, flyers, wristbands, t-shirts, balloons and collection buckets or to support a Trad for Trocaire gig near you, visit or call Emma Reidy in Trocaire on Tel. 01 5053257

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Friday, 6 September 2013

Night of trad coming up at the Linenhall

An evening of finest traditional music is on the cards when three top musicians -
Liam O’Connor, Caoimhín O' Fearghail and Noel Hill – combine forces for Bridge, Bellows and Bow at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday September 12 at 8pm as part of a Music Network tour.

Spanning three generations, Liam O’Connor (fiddle, viola), Caoimhín O' Fearghail (uilleann pipes, flute, guitar, vocals) and Noel Hill (concertina) - all TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners – are united by a deep knowledge and love for the music of the legendary masters of Irish tradition: Coleman, Ennis, Clancy, Potts and Tóibín. For this tour, these three stellar soloists are sure to delight trad fans with their fresh, vibrant take on the classic Irish traditional music repertoire, as well as digging deep into the vaults to unearth some lesser known melodies from manuscript sources. Expect an evening of powerful dance music, lively jigs and melancholic hornpipes, poignant Gaelic slow airs and sean nós songs, all laced with a healthy dose of folklore and personal anecdotes: a top class gig under the Music Network banner.

Night of trad coming up at the Linenhall


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