Newry city will be the place to be this St Patrick's Bank Holiday weekend, with Newry TradFest bringing traditional and folk music to 21 venues across the city from Friday 15 till Sunday 17 March. And don't forget the annual parade and many other events happening throughout the city as well.

It's the second year of the festival organised by Newry Business Improvement District (BID) and Trad sessions will be in full flow with thriving Trad and Folk artists such as The Warrenpoint Comhaltas & Traditional Arts Partnership.

Finbar Magee and Briege Quinn
Finbar Magee and Briege Quinn

With free admission to all sessions running all day in local venues such as Nan Rices, Canal Court Hotel, Railway Bar and both Shopping Centres on St. Patrick’s Day there will be plenty of Trad music for all to enjoy. TradFest is a new 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 all weekend long.

Warrenpoint Comhaltas.
Warrenpoint Comhaltas.

Looking forward to the upcoming festival 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 21 venues across the City hosting sessions, including Grounded and Blue Print Pizza. Local businesses are looking forward to the celebrations with one manager saying “last year’s TradFest was a great success and it’s good to see people coming out and enjoying the music, there was a great atmosphere all weekend across the City”.

Artists lined up include Pol Mc Adaim, Ruari Cunnane, 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 three days in Newry City, this TradFest weekend 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 perceive Newry TradFest as a perfect addition to the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, with the first year 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.

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