Details for city’s first ever Newry TradFest revealed

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

NEWRY always celebrates St Patrick's Day big, with the annual parade always drawing crowds from across the country, and becoming bigger and bigger each year.
Newry Business Improvement (BID) is adding to the celebrations this year by creating Northern Ireland's first TradFest to coincide with the celebrations running for three days over the Bank Holiday weekend March 16-18.
Newry TradFest is a new kind of festival to Northern Ireland, bringing together some of the best and brightest stars of the Trad and Folk scene to play two-hour sessions across the city over the three days.
Newry BID manager Eamonn Connolly said: "We are delighted to bring such talented artists to the city over this busy weekend, and it's great to have so many of our local businesses involved as venues for the sessions."
One of Newry Bid's aims is to promote Newry and Newry TradFest is the first large event they are organising in 2018. They are already working on Newry City of Merchant Half Marathon and Newry City Triathlon for later in the year, which brings large numbers of athletes and spectators to the city.
In total there will be 13 venues across the city hosting sessions, including The Canal Court Hotel, The Bank Bar and both shopping centres in the city.
Venues are excited to host the artists, with one manager saying "Trad sessions are always a hit, and they create a great atmosphere, we are looking forward to having such talented musicians play, especially on the weekend that it is."
Artists lined up include Draiocht, Fill Campbell and Friends, as well as members of the popular Trad Band Raglan to name but a few.
With such great talent spread across the weekend, the buzz has started already. The sessions are spread across day time and night time slots, so will mean that all generations will have a chance to experience some of these talented musicians.
All sessions are free across the weekend, and Newry BID feel that Newry TradFest will be a perfect addition to the St Patrick's Day celebrations, with the hopes that the first year being a success that we can grow and make Newry TradFest a highlight for all trad lovers, young and old for years to come.
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