With free admission to all sessions running all day in local venues such as Finegan & Son, Canal Court Hotel, The Oliver and both Shopping Centres there will be plenty of Trad music for all to enjoy. TradFest is an additional festival to coincide with Newry’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and it attracts many Trad lovers to the area and creates a cultural and vibrant atmosphere across the City.
Newry BID manager Eamonn Connolly said, ‘We are delighted to run TradFest again this year and it’s great to have local businesses involved. This year our event has expanded with many more venues and Trad groups making it bigger and better”.
In total there will be 31 venues across the City hosting sessions, including Newry Bus Station and Newry Library. Local businesses are looking forward to the celebrations with one manager saying “last year’s TradFest was a great success with many people coming out to enjoy the music. It has definitely created a great atmosphere in many bars and restaurants all weekend long across the City”.
Artists lined up include Oisin McCann, Justin Toner, as well as members from the popular Trad Band Raglan to name but a few. Petey Doran from Raglan said “TradFest is a fantastic weekend of music, song and dance where many celebrate our Irish Tradition and heritage over four days in Newry City, this TradFest event will only grow from strength to strength”.
The sessions are widespread across the City centre including both day and night time slots so that everyone will get a chance to enjoy the fantastic line up of talented Trad musicians.
Newry BID believe Newry TradFest is a perfect addition to the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, with the last two years being such a success Newry BID are committed to making this an annual festival that benefits local businesses and profiles Newry as a place to be on St. Patrick’s Day.