The inaugural Rooskey Trad Festival will take place this coming March 11 to March 13 at four pubs in the village. The Shannon Key West Hotel, the Weir Lodge, the Kon Tiki and the Rí Seisiún pubs will all feature a variety of headline midlands and Irish traditional music acts.
Some 22 sessions and three concerts have been lined up to cater to the musical tastes of locals and visitors alike. Hundreds are expected to descend upon the picturesque Shannon-side village over the course of the Rooskey Trad Festival.
“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.”
Each session will consist of at least three musicians and will include a range of celebrated names such as 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, Ril Og, Gerry Harrington, Josie Nugent and many many more.
“This is our first year and we are hoping that everyone will come out and support us,” said Padraig speaking to the Leader. “We’re doing this to promote traditional music in the midlands and to help promote tourism in our village.”
The organisers of the Rooskey Trad Festival are hoping to make this an annual festival.
“We hope that this will be an occasion that we celebrate annually,” said Padraig, who is a native of Derryhaun, Newtowncashel.
“This year we didn’t get funding from the Arts Council so we had to be self-sufficient. Next year we’re hoping for funds from the council.”
For Padraig traditional Irish music is in his blood.
“My mother was Carberry and that says it all. It’s a strong name in Longford for Irish traditional music,” he said. “Also, the Rí Seisiún is the only traditional music pub in Rooskey in that we have three sessions per week here.”
For further information about the Rookey Trad Festival log onto: www.rooskeytradfest.ie.