Doireann Glackin and Sarah Flynn, Ye Vagabonds, and ConTempo Quartet for Traidphicnic

Doireann Glackin and Sarah Flynn – performing at Traidphicnic on Saturday.

Doireann Glackin and Sarah Flynn, Ye Vagabonds, and ConTempo Quartet for Traidphicnic

Traditional music festival takes place this weekend, 5–7 July.

Féile Traidphicnic takes place in An Spidéal in County Galway this weekend. Beginning on Friday, the festival, now in its eighth year, runs until Sunday evening and will host outdoor concerts, music and song workshops, and a range of arts and craft events for children and adults.

There will be performances throughout the weekend on the outdoor stage in the Ceardlann craft centre, beginning at 2.30pm on Friday with a gathering session and then featuring Galway fiddle-player Liz Kane and Kerry accordionist Danny O’Mahony; Conamara singers Róisín Seoighe and Fódhla Ní Bhraonáin; and Carlow folk singers Ye Vagabonds. Accordion player Tommy Mellett and flute-player Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha will also launch their new album The Tower.

The Housekeepers
Saturday will feature the launch of fiddle-player Doireann Glackin and concertina player Sarah Flynn’s new recording The Housekeepers, a collection of tunes by female composers. There will also be performances from the Ó Cheannabháin family of singers; young local singer Bróna Ní Cheallacháin; banjo player Stevie Dunne with Brian McGrath and Gerdy Thompson; The Friel Sisters with Cathal Ó Currain and Marty Barry; and Bertie Ó Domhnaill. The day’s concerts will conclude with Ulaid (John McSherry, Dónal O’Connor and Seán Óg Graham) featuring singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

String quartet and uilleann pipes
On Sunday afternoon, ConTempo Quartet and piper Pádraic Keane will perform a range of work, including pieces by composer Amanda Feery and the late Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin. Also featured during the day are the trio of accordion-player Gráinne Smyth, uilleann piper Finnian O’Connor and guitarist Sean Conway; sean-nós singer Briocán Bairéad; the group Back West; and Evan Ó Gríofa. The festival will finish with a performance from local group Ceoltóirí Chois Fharraige.

Sessions will also take place in the village during the weekend. The workshop tutors include Liz Coleman, Jack Talty, Mary Bergin and Tommy Hayes. There will also be sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and lilting workshops, and a performance of the play Cleite by Brú Theatre. Traidphicnic has a ‘pay what you can’ ethos for concerts; donations can be made during the weekend or online. For full details, download the programme below or visit

Published on 3 July 2019

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