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Tuam Trad Festival

Tuam Trad Festival committee are delighted to be able to announce that the 7th Annual Trad Festival will be taking place from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September 2017.

The unique once a year event which is now firmly established as amongst one of the best small festivals in Ireland attracting people from all over the world to spend a weekend in Tuam both to play with and to gain expertise from some of the finest musicians in the country.

The Kings of Connaught The amazing Kings of Connaught will play the opening night Festival Concert at the Ard Rí Hotel on Friday September 15th. Tickets €10.00 available from Quinn’s shop, Bishop Street and the Hotel reception.

This year’s event will feature several workshops which are currently open for booking.
Workshops will take place on Saturday 16th. Sudents wishing to attend can book a place by emailing: tuamtradfestival@gmail.com.
Full workshop details are available here.

This year the festival will host three Young Traditional Musicians’ awards: under 12 yrs, under 16 yrs and under 21 yrs. Details and application form are available here. The finals will be held in Tuam on Saturday 16th during the festival. This year as always the festival also will bestow an Hall of Fame award which celebrates a life long achievement in Irish Music. The recipient of the award will be honoured during the festival.

This two day event will also feature concerts, dancing exhibitions, busking competitions, pub sessions, recitals, sean nos dancing, competitions a market and a Ceili with The Shaskeen Ceili Band will be held at the Ard Ri Hotel on Sat night 16th September.

This year we are asking all our sponsors and patrons to dig deep as the hosting of a festival this size can amount to huge costs and to date we have only been allocated €1500.00 from Galway County Council, If there is anyone out there that would like to hold a fundraiser for the festival we would be delighted and it would greatly appreciated.

This year Jigs and Reels will be back and details will be announced shortly, again we have many talented people willing to take part and it is such a great night. This will be a fundraiser held by the committee here in town.

Anyone with queries about the festival should contact the committee through email at tuamtradfestival@gmail.com or phone 085 8637273.