Tuam Trad Festival is delighted to announce that the 6th Annual Trad Festival will be taking place from Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September, 2015. This Year's Event will be sponsored by Super Valu Tuam.

The World famous tin whistle player, Mary Bergin will kick-start the festival on Friday evening when she will officially open the Festival in the Corralea Court Hotel at 7.30pm. Following the launch, a concert will be held in the Ard Rí House Hotel featuring Mary Bergin, who will be supported on the night by a host of guest musicians and tutors from this year's festival.

The unique once a year event which is now firmly established as amongst one of the best small festivals in Ireland attracting people from all over the world to spend a weekend in Tuam both to play with and to gain expertise from some of the finest musicians in the country. This year's event will feature workshops and tutors as follows:

» Fiddle Masterclass, Oisin MacDiarmada (Sligo)
» Tin Whistle Masterclass, Mary Bergin (Spiddal)
» Accordion, Michael Curran (Tyrone)
» Flute, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (Connemara)
» Banjo, Colm Naughton (Galway)
» Uilleann Pipes, Neillidh Mulligan (Dublin)
» Concertina, Mariead Corridan (Kerry)
» Harp, Aoife Ní Argáin (Dublin)
» Bodhrán, Johnny Ringo McDonagh (Galway)
» Rang Gaeilge, Rónán Regan (Galway)
» Sean Nós Dancing, Caoimhe Mulligan (Dublin)
» Traditional Singing, Matt Keane (Galway)

Workshops will take place on Saturday 19th and students attending can book via email: tuamtradfestival@gmail.com

This year the festival will host two Young Traditional Musicians' awards at under 16 years and under 23 years. The finals will then be held in Tuam on Saturday 19th during the festival. Applications are now open. More details and application form available HERE

This year the festival also will bestow a Hall Of Fame Award which celebrates a life long achievement in Irish Music. And the recipient of the award will be honoured during the festival. 

This two day event will also feature John and Maggie Carty, Oisín MacDiarmada, Mairead Corridan,, McGuire Family, Chris Droney, Patsy Hanly, Neillidh Mulligan and family, Gerry Hanley, Dick Hogan, Pat Sweeney, Roisin and Conor Broderick, Ann Kirrane, Michael Curran, members of Rí Rá, Lackagh and Corofin Comhaltas groups among many other renowned local and visiting musicians from all corners of the country, as well as concerts, busking competitions, pub sessions, recitals and a Céilí with The Star of Munster Céilí Band at the Ard Ri Hotel on Saturday night 19th September.

For further information email tuamtradfestival@gmail.com or call Ann on 087 2451341

Latest News

  • Music and Dance workshops will take place on Saturday 19th Sept 2015
  • This year the festival will host two Young Traditional Musicians' awards at under 16 years and under 23 years. To for details and application form click here.
  • The festival also will bestow a Hall Of Fame Award which celebrates a life long achievement in Irish Music
  • The Star of Munster Céilí Band confirmed for the Ard Rí Hotel on Saturday night 19th September
  • Trad Musician of the Year Finals 2015 - Apply Here!



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 19th
6pmOfficial opening of Art Exhibition
Featuring Paintings from The Conleth Rooney Collection.
7.00pmOfficial opening of Tuam Trad Festival 2014
by Padraic Stephens
featuring All Ireland Champion Musicians 2014 and a host of both local and national musicians. Hall of Fame Award.
Corralea Court Hotel
Aine Sheridan presents Amhrain Mhaigh Seola - a collection of songs from around the area.
Followed by session with Neillidh Mulligan & Family (Dublin)
More Info...
Abbey Music Bar & Café
in aid of the Linda Martyn School of Dancing
FEATURING All Ireland winning Musicians, singers and dancers
Tickets available on the door.
Ard Ri House Hotel Adm: €10
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Bridge Bar - Melissa Payne & Aine McHugh
The Brogue - Rí Rá
Canavans - The Rambling Rogues
Cellar Bar - Aine Sheridan with Breda and Claire Keville
Corralea Court Hotel - Roudledum
Gilligans - Michael Howley & Friends
Harpy's Bar - Party Night
McDonagh's Bar - Trad for all Seasons
Reapy's - Eamonn Kitt & Pat Sweeney
Rustic Vaults - Patsy Hanly, Tommy Guighan, Sarah Egan & Shane Meehan
Thatch Bar - Bryan Duggan & Friends
Saturday, September 21st
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
11-4pmTuam Market Place
Outdoor Market in conjunction with the Tuam Trad Festival 2014
Tuam Shopping Centre Plaza
11-5pmExploration Dome
Abbey Trinity Shopping Centre
11-5pmJumping Clay
Abbey Trinity Carpark
12pm"Teannas" Session of Traditional Music.
Tuam Shopping Centre, Abbey Trinity.
12pmConor Broderick & Kieran Joy
The Corralea Court Hotel
2pmWorkshop Recital
The Corralea Court Hotel
2-3pmBusking Competitions
Under 14yrs, Under 18yrs, Senior - Over 18yrs
The Square
3pmAfternoon with Carmel Gunning & Friends (Sligo)
The Corralea Court Hotel
3pmMelissa Payne & Friends
Palace Restaurant (Supervalu)
3pmBryan Duggan & Friends (Dublin)
Rustic Vaults
3pmTrad Session
Green Park Nursing Home
3pmCD LAUNCH "Turas" by Séamus Walshe
More Info...
4pmAnn Kirrane in Concert
Pedro's Café (Abbey Trinity)
4pmFinals of Young Musicians of the Year
More Info...
(Mitre Room) Corralea Court Hotel
4pmCD LAUNCH "Drumshambows" by Rónán Regan &
Irene Guckian

More Info...
5pmBryan Duggan & Friends (Dublin)
Rustic Vaults
5pmTuam Singing Circle
hosted by Padraig King with guest Dick Hogan
Rustic Vaults
5pmAn Evening with Eileen Hassett & Friends (Dublin).
Corralea Court Hotel
5pmCD LAUNCH "Over the Bog" by Patsy Maloney & John Regan
More Info...
6pmCD LAUNCH "Draoícht na Feadóige" by Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha
More Info...
7pmNeillidh Mulligan & Family (Dublin)
More Info...
Ard Rí House Hotel
8.30pm"A Man from Mogagga" by Andrais de Staic
More Info...
Canavan's (Upstairs) Adm: €5
Performance from Abbeyknockmoy Set Dancers (All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Champions 2014)
Ard Ri House Hotel Adm: €10
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Abbey Music Bar & Café - The Rambling Rogues
Bridge Bar - Eamonn Kitt, Pat Sweeney & Tommy Guighan
The Brogue - The Kings of Connaught
Canavan's - Bryan Duggan & Friends (Dublin)
Cellar Bar - The Latchikos
Corralea Court Hotel - Matt Keane
Gilligan's - Patrick Murray, Lisa Kelly & áine McHugh
Harpy's Bar - Party Night
McDonagh's Bar - Open Trad Session
Reapy's - Chris Droney, Ann Kirrane, Treasa Canney & Paddy Costello
The Rustic Vaults - Vincent Griffin, Gerry Hanley & John Wynne
Thatch Bar - Rí Rá
Sunday, September 22nd
10amTraditional Music Breakfast €5.00 PP
Róisín Broderick (Senior All Ireland Concertina Champion) & Friends.
Corralea Court Hotel
12.30pmLackagh Comhaltas Group.
Corralea Court Hotel
1pmCD Launch by Roudledum.
(Vincent Griffin, Jerry Mulvihill, Gerry Hanley & Seán ó hEannaigh).
More Info...
Ard Rí Hotel
1.30pmSarah Egan & Shane Meehan
The Palace Restaurant (Supervalu)
1.30pmRí Rá
The Abbey Music Bar & Café
3pmKiddies Afternoon
Bonnie Baby Competition for under 1, 2 & 3 years.
Trad Disco, Face Painting, Hair Braiding, Loom Band
Making, Nail Painting & Much More!
Corralea Court Hotel (Mitre Room)
5pmRóisín Broderick, Conor Broderick, Kieran Joy & Friends
The Rustic Vaults
5pmKatharine McMághnúis, Ian Bascombe & John Moulden
5pmPatsy Hanly, Pat Sweeney & Friends
Corralea Court Hotel
5pmGerry Hanley, Gina Loughnane, Dick Hogan & Friends.
6.30pmLinda Martin School of Dancing Exhibition
Corralea Court Hotel
5pmMelissa Payne
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Brogue Bar - The Latchikos.
Canavan's - Ray Coen & Ian Beordley
Corralea Court Hotel - Farewell To Tuam Trad Festival 2014 with Kings of Connaught
Harpy's - Matt Keane
McDonagh's Bar - The Whiskey Rovers
Thatch Bar - Patsy Hanly, Pat Sweeney & Dick Hogan
Rustic Vaults - Pat & Ann Marie Broderick & Friends
Reapy's - Flat Out

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)Ronan ReganDetails...
Sean Nós DancingPatricia Ni FháthartaDetails...
Tin WhistlePadraic KeaneDetails...
Traditional SingingCarmel GunningDetails...
Uillean PipesPat BroderickDetails...




Main sponsor for the 2012 festival is SuperValu Tuam.

SuperValu Tuam - Main Sponsor
Pubs or Businesses wishing to sponsor or host an event can email tuamtradfestival@gmail.com or phone 087-6449560




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