17/02/2013. REPRO FREE. Gorey Trad Festival. Pictured in Gorey town, Co Wexford at the launch of the inaugural Trad Music Festival 'Cuisle Cheoil' is James Doyle 9yrs Craanford village, the festival takes place this weekend at various venues across the town from February 22 to 24. Picture: Patrick Browne
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Inaugural Trad Music Festival 'Cuisle Cheoil' Launched in Wexford
The inaugural Cuisle Cheoil Traditional Music Festival was launched in Gorey town today (Sunday, February 17). Some of Ireland’s top musicians are set to feature at this latest addition to Wexford’s festival calendar, which takes place next weekend from February 22 to 24.
The festival will be officially opened by Gorey’s Special Olympic gold medalist, Darragh Mc Donald on Friday, Feb 22nd followed by a free 'Trad' Singing session at The Coach House and Trad Music Sessions in various premises throughout Gorey town.
A not to be missed festival highlight takes place on Saturday evening as the Cuisle Cheoil Festival Concert features performances by some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians and many All-Ireland championship winners including accomplished fiddle player MacDara Ó Raghallaigh, champion accordion player John Connolly, outstanding flautist Catherine McEvoy, international selling singer Karen Casey and accomplished sean-nós dancer Una Ni Fhlatharta. The concert will be compered by Áine Hensey, who hosts a number of traditional music programmes on Radio na Gaeltachta and RTE1.
Commenting at the launch of the festival, Chairperson of Cuisle Cheoil, Pat Kavanagh said, “having successfully staged a couple of highly acclaimed trad concerts in recent years, we are delighted this year to be launching our first weekend Trad Festival in Gorey. We have a fantastic programme lined up and we are looking forward to three days of top class entertainment with Concerts, Céilís, Workshops and Sessions taking place in various centres around the town.”