|Al fresco trad|
Yes it is that time of year again. The proliferation of people toting boxes of assorted shapes and sizes wearing gleeful expressions signals the onset of Ennis Trad Festival. This year they are blessed with the weather making the activity of session hopping all the more pleasant and made some al fresco trad
possible. Here is a round up of some of the sessions I attended and the people I met.
A mixture of youth and experience was on display in The Brewery Bar where experienced trad virtuoso Maeve Donnelly joined young Donal McCague who launched his new CD 'Bits & Pieces' at the festival. Among the people I met were Kathy, a Boston librarian and Yorkshire man Mike who had travelled from his home in Spain for the festival.
Fiddle player Joan Hanrahan was anchoring the session in Cruises on Saturday afternoon where musicians spread over two chambers. Back in the Brewery Bar, eleven year old Michael, a student of Joan McNamara's was having his first experience of playing in a session and aquitted himself very well with
Who would have thought , people playing outside in November. A group of young men were set up outside The Irish Shop making the most of the mild conditions. Inside Stephen Power ably assisted by Tracy Crawford was signing copies of his new book of photographs. A handsome volume of featuring shots of iconic folk in their own homes, worth it alone for the shot of Alec Finn of De Danaan (note two a's) in his interesting looking drawing room. In the Temple Gate Hotel, there was not one but two groups at opposite ends of the bar, (stereo trad session!) I met Breton photographer Miriam who was very impressed with the teenage group occupying the snug.
The ladies in O Connor's cake shop remarked they hadn't seen too many of the trad revellers. 'Tis more of a thirst they have I'd say', one staff member commented when I asked her about the cake eating habits of traddies.
|Comfy Trad in the Old Ground Hotel|
|Margaret Rowan from Meath|
|Quentin and Eoin: Céilí Bandits|
|Twin chambers in Cruises pub|
Well done to the organisers and sponsors (including Shannon Development) of this great event at a quiet time of the year and attracting such vibrancy to the public places of Ennis Co.Clare. Last years report here