January 2016

Ones to Watch 

Thursday 14th January | Sunday 17th January

 

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Whelan’s Ones to Watch festival is now six years old! As always we’re continuing our quest to find the best emerging talent in the country, whilst also showcasing some artists that have taken the next step and are planning releases in 2016.

 

Shannonside Winter Music Festival

Thursday 21st January | Monday 25th January

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The 17th Shannonside Winter Music Weekend will take place between the 21 and 25 of January 2016. From the rootsy sounds of Tom Jones collaborators Rackhouse Pilfer to the classical voice of Judith Mok, and from Mariachi to ukelele swing, there is no shortage of variety or quality for the discerning ear. The pubs of both villages will host lively traditional Irish, bluegrass and swing sessions and gigs all weekend, while concerts in Bunratty Castle Hotel, Durty Nelly’s new venue, and the Mill Bar in Sixmilebridge might be a little more sedate. Saturday at the Folk Park in Bunratty alone will host 22 gigs across five locations. With 80 events – all but a few of them free – at 18 locations, over 100 musicians playing multiple musical genres, and more craic and quality than you could imagine, the 2016 festival promises to live up to its predecessors as a real treat.

 

Galway Midwinter Festival

Friday 22nd January | Sunday 24th January

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CAPTIVE – Music from the Abyss An exploration of captivity through the lens of music, film, literature and human rights.

 

Bray One Act Drama Festival

Tuesday 26th January | Saturday 30th January

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The 39th Bray Drama Festival brings a wonderful mix of comedy and drama to the stage. Performed by both newcomers and seasoned performers, these plays are sure to provide a night of entertainment, with all proceeds going to charitable causes.

 

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival

Tuesday 26th January | Sunday 31st January

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The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns in January 2016, bringing an eclectic mix of Irish and international artists to Cork for its seventh annual event. Building on previous years, 2016’s festival welcomes Canadian folk royalty in folk siblings Martha and Lucy Wainwright, traditional Irish legends De Danann, Anglo-Irish trad innovators Flook, the vocal dynamism of Lumiere, fast-rising Cork songwriter Jack O’Rourke and Two Time Polka.

 

Banjo and Bovril Trad Fest

Wednesday 27th January | Sunday 31st January

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Goodbye January blues and hello Banjo & Bovril! Making a welcome return to The Harbour Bar in Bray, we’re thrilled to have The Banjo & Bovril Festival back for it’s second year. Set over 5 days & nights we’ve got an excellent line up of music coming your way and the best part – it’s all FREE! We’re celebrating the old tradition of the Banjo & Bovril nights that took place back in the day. When the winter days were coming to a close, the fishermen would arrive in from the sea and head for The Harbour Bar to warm up with steaming mugs of Bovril, before they settled in for a night of singing and playing music. We’re bringing those nights back to life, so here’s a sneaky peek of what’s in store. With some of Bray’s favourites and a few of Ireland’s very best, we’re very excited to announce; Moxie, The Bonny Men, Mundy, Ye Vagabonds, John Spillane, Lisa O’Neill, Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Pete Pamf, Pine Marten, Sheila Garry & Elaine Hogan, Pete Cummins, Hank Wedel, Darren Eedens, Bunoscionn and Old Hannah!

 

TradFest Temple Bar

Wednesday 27th January | Sunday 31st January

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Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next generation of Irish musicianship. From modest beginnings the festival has gone from strength to strength. The past decade has has seen the festival grow in terms of size, ambition and musical breadth, with a line-up that now appeals to the purist and the merely curious alike. Although TradFest today is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music we now also feature artists from the worlds of folk, nu-folk, and even (whisper it) rock and roll!

 

Comedy Showhouse Festival

Sunday 31st January | Sunday 7th February

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The first of its kind, Comedy Showhouse is a new festival of Irish comedy, featuring Sean Hughes; Deirdre O’Kane; Andrew Maxwell; Colm O’Regan; Foil, Arms & Hog; and many more. Join us in the Space Upstairs for 8 days of live comedy recordings, which will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 across 2016. Meanwhile, downstairs in the Cube, meet the new stars of digital comedy or take part in workshops and live podcasts.

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