Ennis Trad Festival is a festival for those
who love to hear (play, sing or dance to)
Irish Traditional music of the highest quality
in its most natural setting. The festival
brings together the very best of Irish traditional
musicians, singers and dancers in a relaxed
and informal atmosphere. We're delighted
to announce that the 19th Ennis Trad Festival
will run November 8 to 12 with a programme
to suit all tastes and ages.
festival is the liveliest and most intense
celebration of Irish traditional music,
song and dance anywhere and guarantees five
days of the best entertainment and culture.
This year the festival will host headline
acts each night and showcase a record number
cd launches (13 so far...) from some of
our most respected musicians and singers.
Ghaisce na mBuíonta - The Great Céilí
Band Challenge will return to the Glór
Irish Music Centre. This senior céilí
band competition boasts a prize fund of
€8,000 and with the closing date for
entries not yet upon us it is not too late
to put a band together and let us know.
those traditional fanatics amongst us, there
is a trad quiz to test your knowledge. Teams
of four will battle it out for the two most
coveted accolades of the festival namely
the best team and the most lame team. The
quiz itself is an irreverent lighthearted
and utterly non PC bit of craic and a great
way to ease your way into the rest of Sunday's
are returning this year with classes in
fiddle, flute, banjo, accordion and whistle
to take place so far. For the dancers we
have a céilí with the Four
Courts Céilí Band, a sean-nós
dancing workshop with Suzanne Leahy and
a set-dancing workshop with Geraldine Greene.
We will also have two singing sessions led
by some of Ireland's most experienced and
highly regarded singers. Check out the full
programme here for
times, dates and venues and our céilí
band page for competition rules. Some
venues are still to be confirmed.
session trail will appear about a week before
the festival commences and will feature
unusual and experimental combinations of
musicians as usual!
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