Kilkenny TradFest is thrilled to announce its return with live, in-person performances and an extended programme, including a brand new music series of concerts at the stunning Medieval Mile Museum, made possible by the Local Live Public Performance Scheme from and administered by Kilkenny Arts Office. Our 2022 invited musicians are so excited to be back performing, and to create the thrill and energy of live music; so come join us, book your tickets and look forward to the return and magic of live music once again!
Special concerts and headline acts of the TradFest programme represent the very best of Irish traditional music and the 2022 line-up includes Paul Brady, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, Máirtín O’Connor Cathal Hayden & Séamie O’Dowd, Inni-K, Seo Linn, The Bonny men, Kevin Burke & The Goodman Trio, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre, Pip & John Murphy, The Peter Browne Trio, Aoife Scott & Band, George Murphy & The Rising Sons and more!
There is an extensive Music Trail in Kilkenny’s finest pubs – such a great way to enjoy a superb array of FREE live music sessions and sing-alongs with everything from trad to folk and ballads and more besides! The Trail brings the medieval streets of Kilkenny to life as locals and visitors nip in and out to hear great music.
Kilkenny TradFest was established in 2013, it is organised by Kilkenny City Vintners sponsored by Bulmers, and is supported by Kilkenny County Council. It takes place alongside the ever expanding and very exciting St Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny each year.
TradFest has attracted numerous accolades and in 2016 was awarded ‘Small Festival of the Year’ award by the prestigious IMRO music body ‘in recognition of Ireland’s live music venues who provide the public with exceptional live music experiences, week in, week out’. It was nominated again in 2019.