Mar cathaoirleach coiste Tradfest ba mhaith liom fáilte is fiche a chur leatsa go dtí an Caipiteal Méanaoiseach na hEireann agus ceiliúradh ceol le ‘Tradfest 2018. As Chairperson of the Tradfest committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to You to the medieval capital of Ireland and the great celebration of music that is ‘Tradfest 2018’. Looking back over the past six years of this fledgeling festival, we are amazed at the world names, emerging talent and incredible musicians that have lightened our hearts through the medium of music. This year is no different. As we evolve as a festival, we are endeavouring to broaden the content towards contemporary folk as well as the best in Irish traditional music and song.
So too are we conscious of the great musicians who live and play here in Kilkenny and You will get to hear many of these on the Bulmers Trad Trail.
Since our last festival music and arts community has lost one of its great champions; Willie Meighan, promoter, record store and label owner at Rollercoaster. We celebrate his life and legacy with a seisiúin mór during the festival. Of course, Tradfest doesn’t take place in isolation. It runs complementary to our St Patrick’s Day Festival celebrations; a natural harmony in the order of things celebrating our National feast day.
Our committee is grateful to Marian Flannery and her team, our sponsors, Bulmers, Kilkenny City Vintners, Kilkenny County Council and all who collaborate to make stuff happen all the time in Kilkenny.
Cllr Malcolm Noonan, Cathaoirleach Coiste Tradfest