Now in its fifth year, the award-winning, week-long Mayo Manchester Tradfest, a celebration of traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance Festival will mark the 20th anniversary of the staging of the world-famous Fleadh Cheoil in Ballina with a host of anniversary events and workshops.
In an event that reaches out to Mayo’s many diaspora and celebrates our rich musical heritage, over 500 performers from Mayo and Manchester will join forces in a unique International celebration of Irish Culture. There are over 70 events to choose from, most of which are free admission and family friendly.
Highlights of Mayo Manchester Tradfest include a gala concert at the Ballina Arts Centre, a live outside Radio broadcast from Midwest Radio plus a host of concerts at the Bonniconlon Agricultural Show, Swinford’s Siamsa Straide, the Attymass Gathering Festival, and other events taking place in Castlebar and Westport. There is also a host of fringe events, running alongside the main festival, taking place in the festival’ six ‘hubs’ hubs in Attymass, Ballina, Bonniconlon, Castlebar, Swinford and Westport.
Featured artists from Manchester include the award winning Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing, Joe Keegan from the TV show The Voice and old favourites, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. Featured performers from Mayo include: Sean-nós dancers Tommy Stenson and The Ganley Sisters, and singers The Murphy Sisters, Patrick Lacken and Pamela Gilmartin. Traditional musicians include the Admiral Browne CCE group plus musicians, singers and dancers from the renowned Atlantic Rhythm Production company.
The festival will once again be hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football Club. Known as ‘The Voice of Old Trafford’, Alan Keegan has been announcing the world-famous football stars at Manchester United and the National team’s stadium, Wembley since 2000. He is also an accomplished TV and radio broadcaster and author who has been involved with promoting Irish culture in Manchester for over thirty years.
Visit www.mayomanchester.com for updates and ticketing information for Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2017.
For a taste of what’s in store, check out the video below featuring some of the many, many highlights of Mayo Manchester Tradfest 2016!