Traditional temple

Award-winning singer Offaly performing at TradFest Temple Bar

Award-winning Birr singer Tommy McCarthy will perform at TradFest Temple Bar next week.

This fantastic festival is delighted to welcome back the public in person for the first time in two years. Organizers say they want to help artists and audiences reconnect safely, in person, “after two devastating years for the live events industry”.

Organizers say TradFest will be one of the first major trad/folk festivals around the world to welcome in-person audiences again.

“Audiences,” they say, “will be able to enjoy extraordinary and intimate musical experiences throughout Dublin city center with safety measures including hospital-grade air disinfection equipment. Organizers are also currently selling out at 50% of each venue’s capacity and have rescheduled each concert’s schedule to meet current government public health requirements. Each concert will now end at 8 p.m.

“Also participating,” said Temple Bar Company CEO Martin Harte, “will be Irish traveller, singer and storyteller Thomas McCarthy, originally from Birr County Offaly. Thomas’ family is made up of the McCarthys who settled in Birr generations ago. Thomas comes from a long line of ancient traditional singers and musicians who have maintained the tradition of loud singing, and he will sing wherever he is invited – in clubs, festivals, people’s homes, weddings, funerals, baptisms, at home, on the road and more at sea.”
Thomas said the stories he tells are too often forgotten, but are an important part of our heritage, cared for by our ancestors.

“Stories are so important;” he said.

“They can keep you grounded in a world where people have forgotten the art of communication and conversation. These old stories are relevant to all people, adults and children, regardless of ethnicity.”

Thomas was named Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2019 Gradam Ceoil Awards.

He will perform at Castle Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26 January.