Mayo Manchester Tradfest

Mayo Manchester organise summer Tradfest in North Mayo

Fresh from organising one of the biggest Mayo Day weekends for the inaugural international Mayo Day, Mayo Manchester are currently planning a week long August Bank holiday Tradfest in North Mayo.

A group of forty musicians, singers and dancers are set to descend upon Ballina from Friday 31 July until Wednesday 5 August to stage a week long Irish Music, Song and Dance festival during Ireland’s bank holiday weekend. The Festival will also feature a Business strand to develop stronger links between the two areas and a number of Sport and Leisure events. The full line up of events is still being finalized and the organisers are still looking for potential venues, performers and sponsors to get involved. For further information about getting involved in the initiative just email or contact them on 00447912512977.

Lawrence Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented “I remember Ballina staging the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in 1997 when over 170,000 people descended upon the town. We sponsored the Tara Ceili band from Manchester that year and they brought back the world title with them. It would be great to see Ballina hosting the world famous competition again. With the Sligo Fleadh being just down the road again this year we wanted to try and give visitors a small taste of the unique ‘Fleadh’ atmosphere to wet their appetite.”

“Kevin Connolly and the Ballina Chamber has already promised us their full support and Mayo County Council and its Diaspora website have been very supportive of the Tourism and Business initiative. Our performers from Manchester have always loved visiting Ballina, they always been given a great welcome.”

During the last three years Mayo Manchester has been working tirelessly to try and encourage the Mayo Diaspora from the UK to look upon North Mayo as the ideal holiday destination for a family holiday. The festival hopes to feature some of Mayo and Manchester’s premier performers who will be performing at various venues and events in and around North Mayo.

The Tourism initiative follows on from their hugely successful sold out Mayo Manchester Tradfest weekend that it staged in Dublin and the Mayo Diaspora weekend in Attymass last year and the award winning Mayo Manchester Gathering in 2013.

The acts that have already already confirmed to appear in the wee- long festival from Manchester include; The Keegan Academy of Irish Dance (trained by the Lord of the Dance – James Keegan and his sister Louise), Joe Keegan from the BBC TV series The Voice, 2014 Rose of Tralee Finalist and musician – Mairead Hussey and Fiddle player – Fidelma O Brien plus Irish Piper, Peter O’Connor from the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band.

Musicians, Singers and dancers from Mayo include the Atlantic Rhythm Production Company and the cast of the hit Mayo musical ‘Beyond the Barricade’.

The Schedule so far for the Tradfest is:

Friday 31 July – Official Launch of the Tradfest

Saturday 1 August – Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert at Ballina Arts Centre

Sunday 2 August – Day time: Giro De Baille Cycle race in Ballycastle 10am, Trekwest Boat trip from Ballina 9am (return 5pm),  and at 7pm Mayo Manchester Performance at Kilkelly Heritage Day

Monday 3 August – 12 Noon Mayo Manchester Business lunch at Bonniconlon Show, 2pm Mayo Manchester Performance on Stage

Tues 4 August – 1pm Mayo Manchester Performance at Siamsa Straide in Swinford  and at 7.30pm performance with Atlantic Rhythm at Hotel Westport in The Atlantic Rhythm Show

Weds 5 August – 8pm Mayo Manchester Closing concert with Atlantic Rhythm at Enniscoe House, Crossmolina


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