Traditional Irish Music on St Patrick’s Day 2019 – Global Events Guide
Wherever you are on this beautiful planet of ours, come March 17th you’re bound to be within shouting distance of a trad music event or two celebrating this most Irish of Irish festivals, St Patrick’s Day. We’ve rounded up our pick of traditional Irish music events happening around the world for St Patrick’s Day March 17th 2019 and the days preceding, from Toronto to Tokyo, USA to Australia and the rest!
The famous St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in nearly every major city in the world from what we can see, also take note, some cities, like New York, are holding theirs a day early on the 16th but for this post we’ll be concentrating on Irish traditional and folk music events happening all over the world around St Patrick’s Day 17th March 2019.
USA East Coast
Dervish, one of the greatest traditional Irish music groups to ever come out of Ireland, produce unmissable nights of music wherever they go. If you’ve seen them you know what we’re talking about, if you haven’t then run, don’t walk to Plymouth, 40 miles south of Boston where Dervish will be playing on St Patrick’s night. They’re touring the USA for most of March so if you miss them on the 17th you’re bound to catch them somewhere else. Full details are provided HERE.
The renowned North Texas Irish Festival kicks off in Dallas on the 8th March with a whole host of traditional Irish and Scottish music events including master classes in various traditional Irish musical instruments , performances by national and local stars and plenty of family activities to really get your Celtic blood pumping for St Patrick’s Day. You’ll find a full schedule of events HERE
USA West Coast
Living fiddle legend and Grammy awarded artist, Eileen Ivers plays at the historic Raven Theater in downtown Healdsburg, California, on St Patrick’s Eve, March 16th. She’s been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” by The New York Times. “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” says The Irish Times. She’ll be joined by JigJam, a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland playing a lively mix of traditional Irish music, roots and country. What a great way to kick off your St Patrick’s Day celebrations. For more details and ticket information click HERE
Ivers is playing as part of the The Irish American Crossroads Festival a literary, musical, and cultural event in the San Francisco Bay Area which will be featuring events all through March. For more information click HERE
Rant Maggie Rant plays 16th March at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto. Founded in 2008 this Stratford, Ontario based award-winning folk ensemble pay musical homage to all the Celtic musical traditions from Ireland to Brittany, from Galicia to Scotland, along with influences from various world music traditions; they also like to push the boundaries and colour outside the lines. Expect a unique night of traditional Celtic music with an extra added something special, you never know who’ll turn up to join them! They’ll be back in Stratford on March 17th for an afternoon St Patrick’s Day celebration in Revival House. Click HERE to learn more.
The UK may or may not be Brexiting on the 29th March but for one night (or weekend) you are allowed forget all the anxiety and uncertainty, grab your dancing shoes and head straight to the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith where trad music heroes, Four Men and a Dog will be playing their St Patrick’s Night Concert. Counting one-of-a-kind bodhrán star, Gino Lupari, among their number this group have been on the go since 1990 and their music is GLORIOUS! Guaranteed musical high. Click HERE to book your tickets.
AUSTRALIA New South Wales
Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues takes place from the 15th – 17th March in Katoomba, about an hour’s drive west of Sydney featuring a whole host of blues, folk and roots artists from around the world but the gig we’ve got our eye on is singer, Daoirí O’Farrell playing the night of the 16th. One of the most exciting folk and trad singers to come out of Ireland in recent times, when you hear his rendition of The Creggan White Hare we dare you not to weep with joy! Take a look at him performing a while back.
If you’re a fan, you’ve already booked your tickets, if you haven’t discovered him yet, LUCKY YOU! Click HERE for all of the festival details.
Japanese céilí band sensation, The Toyota Céilí Band have already been wowing Irish audiences with their Fleadh Cheoil performances. Check out this video taken at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis. If you’re in Tokyo on the 12th March make a beeline for the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center where they will be holding the ICF Special Céilí from 6pm onwards
Check these guys out, they are fantastic!
The St Patrick’s Gala Ball takes place in the Hotel Grande Bretagna in Athens on the evening of Saturday 16th and will feature Noriana, an all-female Celtic quartet fusing traditional Greek folk music and instruments with Irish and Celtic folk and trad music. Hosted by the Greek-Irish Society in Athens, this event should be on your ‘do not miss’ list as part of Athens’ St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Back to our own fair isle and a gem amongst the plethora of fantastic music events happening around Ireland for St Patrick’s Weekend is taking place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. On Monday March 18th, The Kilfenora Céilí Band will be joined by friends for a night of sublime traditional Irish dance music, singing and the odd witty anecdote! There will be dancing in the aisles; it’s impossible not to be carried away by the music of the most famous céilí band in the world. They’ve an afternoon concert and an evening concert and with Monday a National Holiday in Ireland, you can dance away without a care in the world! Tickets are still available to buy HERE but don’t leave it too late as availability is pretty limited at this stage.
If you can’t wait until then, head to Kilkenny where the Kilkenny Tradfest will be kicking off on the 15th March 2019 with a concert from trad royalty, Altan.
“Thought by many to be the finest traditional Irish combo working today, Altan seamlessly blend dazzling instrumental prowess and the gorgeously delicate vocals of Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh” Chicago Weekly
In fact, the lineup (including some superb masterclasses in traditional Irish music and dance), for the full weekend festival is so dazzling I can hardly see straight! Suffice it to say, take a look at the schedule and start planning now by clicking HERE.
Keep an eye on the comment section below for more gigs and check back here for more updates as they come in.
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