A Trad-tastic weekend iN Rooskey

There are not one but three incredible concerts to choose from this coming weekend at the Rooskey Trad Festival. Ril Og, JPTtrio and a combination of well known Irish artists, including Sean Sands, form part of the jam-packed line up at the picturesque village of Rooskey.

There are not one but three incredible concerts to choose from this coming weekend at the Rooskey Trad Festival. Ril Og, JPTtrio and a combination of well known Irish artists, including Sean Sands, form part of the jam-packed line up at the picturesque village of Rooskey.

On Saturday night at the Shannon Key West Hotel, JP Trio take to the stage to perform some of their best known pieces. Jos Kelly, Paddy Hazleton and Ted Kelly will provide a show-stopping performance of music that is heavily influenced by jazz and Irish. The innovative trio have fused these genres to bring about a brand new sound.

Ril Og are the legends of the midlands since their recent victory in the All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil and now is your chance to see them live. On Sunday afternoon the five young musicians will take centre stage at the Kon Tiki pub in Rooskey. Emmett Lynch, Maria Matthews, Liam Doherty, Cillian Hourican, Hannah McEntee and Laura Doherty will take centre stage and are sure to delight.

The Ril Og and JPTrio concerts cost €10 admission and tickets are available at the door.

Sunday night a free concert will take place at Rí Seisiún pub. It will feature a selection of the various artists who are performing at the 22 trad music sessions that will take place over the weekend. These sessions will be hosted in the four participating pubs in Rooskey village, the Kon Tikki, Rí Seisiún, Shannon Key West Hotel and the Weir Lodge.

Alongside a host of musicians, an influx of visitors is expected to the village over the course of the weekend and all visitors are asked to “follow the golden stickers”. Only pubs and publicans donning the magical golden stickers are participants in the festival and only there will you get to experience some of Ireland’s most incredible traditional music talent.

“They are coming from all over the country,” said Padraig Lane, event organiser and publican at Rí Seisiún “There are people coming from Belfast, Carlow, America, you name it.”

Among the revered names that feature on the Rooskey Trad Fest line up are: Angelina Carberry, Peter Carberry, Debbie Garvey, Grace Kelly, Donal O’Sullivan, Padraig McGoven, Edel Fox, Neil Byrne, Mick Mulvey, John Daly, Jackie Wynne, Martin Quinn, Patsy Hanly, Siobhan Peoples, Gerry Harrington, Josie Nugent and many many more.

The aim of the Rooskey Trad Fest is to establish a small festival which will promote and highlight the importance of traditional Irish music, song and dance using the forms of sessions, workshops and concerts.

“We aim to facilitate the young and improving players where they can join in sessions which are set at suitable levels of ability and experience and to assist them in learning the skills of session etiquette,” said Padraig.

For further information about the Rookey Trad Festival log onto: www.rooskeytradfest.ie