Mark it in you calendar! The fifth annual Tuam Trad Festival has been confirmed for the weekend of September 19th - 21st 2014. Now an established and prestigious traditional festival, Tuam will play host to the best of traditional entertainers from across the country and further afield for a feast of Traditional music, song and dance.

Some Highlights for this year's festival:

» County Galway Cultural Night 2014
Friday Night 19th September 8pm in the Abbey Music Bar & Café
Aine Sheridan will present The Maigh Seola Collection consisting of a collection of songs from around the area, this will be followed with an evening of Music , song and dance with Neillidh Mulligan and family from Dublin.

» The Linda Martyn School of Dancing Variety Concert
Friday Night 19th September 8.30pm in the Ard Rí Hotel
Featuring all Ireland Dancers, Musicians and Singers.
Admission €10 (Fund-raiser for World Championships 2015).

» Aindrias de Staic performs 'Moogaga'
Friday Night 19th September Canavan's (Hardi's).
A comical tale of jigs, reels, and growing up in rural west of Ireland.
Admission €5

» Music, Song and Dance Workshops
Mercy Primary School 11am-1pm, Saturday September 20th
Accordion - Sharon Connell
Fiddle - Shane Meehan
Concertina - Róisin Broderick
Flute - Eileen Hassett
Banjo - Magie Carty
Tin Whistle - Padraic Keane
Séan Nós Dancing - Patricia Ni Fhátharta
Traditional Singing - Carmel Gunning
Bodhran - Ann Marie Broderick
Uilleann Pipes - Pat Broderick
Rang na Gaeilge (Irish language workshop)
Further details to be announced

» Ann Droney Kirrane
in Concert at Pedro's Cafe on Saturday 20th at 4pm. Admission Free. Everyone welcome.

» Conleth Rooney Art Exhibition
Pedro's Cafe

» Roudledom CD launch
Ard Rid Hotel on Sunday 21st at 1pm

» Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014
Corralea Court Hotel 4pm, Saturday September 20th
One set of tunes to be arranged for public performance.
Entries to be received by September 1st. Entry fee €15.
Prizes to include cash sum plus trophy.
Click here for details and application form

» Saturday Night Ceili Mór
with The Deenagh Ceili Band at Ard Rí House Hotel.
Saturday September 20th. Dancing 9pm - late.
Admission &eouro;10. Refreshments served.

Stay tuned for updates!

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This year's festival is shaping up to be a spectacular event with some of the country's best traditional entertainers performing. The town will be bursting at its seams with musicians, dancers and trad-lovers alike from across the country and overseas.

The full programme of events is available to download and print HERE.
Friday, September 20th
6pmOfficial opening of Art Exhibition
by Town Mayor Imelda Kelly.
Town Hall
7.00pmOfficial opening by Town Mayor Imelda Kelly
featuring All Ireland Champion Musicians 2013 and a host of both local and national musicians. Hall of Fame Award.
Corralea Court Hotel
More Info...
Tickets available on the door.
Ard Ri House Hotel Adm: €10
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Bridge Bar - Treasa Canney & Pat Sweeney
The Brogue - The Rambling Rogues
Canavans - Bryan Duggan & Friends
Cellar Bar - Trad Session
Harpy's Bar - The Kings of Connaught
McDonagh's Bar - The Whiskey Rovers
Reapy's - Michael Howley & Friends
Thatch Bar - Matt Keane
Corralea Court Hotel - Ann Kirrane, Gerry Hanley, Neillidh Mulligan, Regina Loughnane & Friends
The Rustic Vaults - CULTURE NIGHT with the Broderick Family & Friends
Saturday, September 21st
9-10:30amKiddies Art Workshop
Town Hall
9-1pmGalway Bay FM Live Broadcast
11-1pmKiddies Sean Nós and Ceilí Workshop
Mercy Primary School
11-1pmTraditional Music, Singing & Dance Workshops
More Info...
Convent of Mercy, Primary School, Dublin Road
2pmWorkshop Recital
The Corralea Court Hotel
2-3pmBusking Competitions
8-12 yrs, 12-16yrs and 18yrs-Senior
The Square
3pmFinals of Young Musicians of the Year
Ard Rí House Hotel, Milltown Road.
3pmLive Music
Tuam Shopping Centre, Abbey Trinity
3pm'Síocháin na Tuaithe' Album Launch by Enda Sheery
More Info...
4pm"The Gathering Session" with Ena O'Brien & Friends.
All The Way From Toronto, Canada.
Corralea Court Hotel
5pmBryan Duggan & Friends
The Rustic Vaults
6pm"The Hogan Collection" Launch with Dick Hogan
More Info...
The Abbey Music Bar & Café.
7pmLackagh Comhaltas Youth session
All musicians welcome to join in
The Galway Roast
Ard Ri House Hotel
Tickets available from Hotel Adm: €10
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Bridge Bar - Norrie Keane & Friends
The Brogue - Rí Rá
Canavans - Treasa Canney, Chris Droney, Neillidh Mulligan, Paddy Costello and Dick Hogan
Cellar Bar - Trad Session
Harpy's Bar - Bryan Duggan & Friends
McDonagh's Bar - Norman Kelly & Friends
Reapy's - CD launch by Colm Naughton
Thatch Bar - Eamonn Kitt & Pat Sweeney
The Rustic Vaults - Roxanne Meehan, 'Priority 21' debut CD launch and Gig
Sunday, September 22nd
10amTraditional Music Breakfast €5.00 PP
Brodericks & Friends.
Corralea Court Hotel
12.30pmLackagh Comhaltas Group.
Corralea Court Hotel
12.30pmGlor na hOige.
Ard Rí Hotel
5pmAn afternoon of music & song with DON STIFFE
More Info...
The Abbey Music Bar & Cafe. Free Admission
5.30pmRí Rá & Friends
5.30pmRay Coen & Ian Beordley
The Brogue
5.30pmMichael Howley & Friends
Corralea Court Hotel
6.30pmLinda Martin School of Dancing Exhibition
Corralea Court Hotel
8pmKevin Kealy & Paul Keating
Corralea Court Hotel
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Bridge Bar - Sharon Connell & Ian Bascombe
Brogue Bar - High Kings of Connaught
Canavans - Ray Coen & Ian Beordley
Cellar Bar - Trad Session
McDonagh's Bar - The Whiskey Rovers
Thatch Bar - Anita & Conor Broderick & Friends
Reapy's - Anita & Conor Broderick & Friends
Harpy's Bar - Mike Stewart
The Rustic Vaults - Pat Sweeney & Gerry Hanley

There will be other sessions in various venues throughout the weekend.

The full programme of events listed above is available to download HERE.

Times and events are subject to change.



The Workshops are given by professional musicians/dancers from around the country.
Prior competence in a student's chosen instrument is expected.
Registration on the day at the venue 30 minutes beforehand, however as spaces are limited we advise participants to register in advance to avoid disappointment. To Sign up, phone 087-2451341 or email tuamtradfestival@gmail.com.

Workshops will be held on Saturday, 20st September, 11am - 1pm
at the Convent of Mercy Primary School, Dublin Road

AccordionSharon ConnellDetails...
BanjoMaggie CartyDetails...
BodhránAnn Marie BroderickDetails...
ConcertinaRóisín BroderickDetails...
FiddleShane MeehanDetails...
FluteEileen HassettDetails...
Rang na Gaeilge (Irish language)TBADetails...
Sean Nós DancingPatricia Ni FháthartaDetails...
Tin WhistlePadraic KeaneDetails...
Traditional SingingCarmel GunningDetails...
Uillean PipesPat BroderickDetails...





Contact Us

Festival Office: Town Hall, The Square, Tuam

Primary festival organiser Ann Smith Coen can be contacted on (087) 2451341 or by email tuamtradfestival@gmail.com