Tuam Trad Festival committee are delighted to be able to announce that the 7th Annual Trad Festival will be taking place from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September 2017.

The unique once a year event which is now firmly established as amongst one of the best small festivals in Ireland attracting people from all over the world to spend a weekend in Tuam both to play with and to gain expertise from some of the finest musicians in the country.
This years event will feature workshops and tutors as follows:

» Fiddle, Eileen O'Brien (Tipperary)
» Tin Whistle, Angela Crotty (Clare)
» Accordion, Daithi Gormely (Sligo)
» Flute, John Wynne (Roscommon)
» Banjo, Teresa O'Grady (Sligo)
» Uilleann Pipes, Rita Farrell (London)
» Concertina, Liam O'Brien (Clare)
» Bodhrán, Johnny Ringo McDonagh (Galway)
» Harp, Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin (Mayo)
» Traditional Singing, Orlaith Keane (Galway)

Workshops will take place on Saturday 16th and students attending can book via email: tuamtradfestival@gmail.com.

This year the festival will host three Young Traditional Musicians' awards: under 12 yrs, under 16 yrs and under 21 yrs. The application form for entries is available here. The finals will be held in Tuam on Saturday 16th during the festival. This year as always the festival also will bestow an Hall of Fame award which celebrates a life long achievement in Irish Music. The recipient of the award will be honoured during the festival.

This two day event will also feature concerts, dancing exhibitions, busking competitions, pub sessions, recitals, sean nos dancing, competitions a market and a Ceili with The Shaskeen Ceili Band will be held at the Ard Ri Hotel on Sat night 16th September.

This year we are asking all our sponsors and patrons to dig deep as the hosting of a festival this size can amount to huge costs and to date we have only been allocated €1500.00 from Galway County Council, If there is anyone out there that would like to hold a fundraiser for the festival we would be delighted and it would greatly appreciated.

This year Jigs and Reels will be back and details will be announced shortly, again we have many talented people willing to take part and it is such a great night. This will be a fundraiser held by the committee here in town.

Anyone with queries about the festival should contact the committee through email at tuamtradfestival@gmail.com or phone 085 8637273.

Latest News

  • Music and Dance workshops will take place on Saturday 16th Sept 2017
  • This year the festival will host three Young Traditional Musicians' awards at under 12, under 16 and under 23 years. Download Entry Form Here
  • The festival also will bestow a Hall Of Fame Award which celebrates a life long achievement in Irish Music
  • Shaskeen Céilí Band confirmed for the Ard Rí Hotel on Saturday night 16th September



This year's festival is shaping up to be a spectacular event with some of the country's best traditional entertainers performing. The town will be bursting at its seams with musicians, dancers and trad-lovers alike from across the country and overseas.

The full programme of events is available to download and print HERE.
Friday, September 18th
7.00pmOfficial opening of Tuam Trad Festival 2015
by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Pete Roche
featuring All Ireland Champion musicians 2015 and a host of both local and national musicians.
Hall of Fame Award.
Corralea Court Hotel
Featuring World famous Tin Whistle Player Mary Bergin, Matt Keane, McGuire Family, Wicklow, Mulligan Family Dublin, Orlaith Keane, Lackagh CCE, Abbeyknockmoy set dancers, Gibbons Farrell Dance Academy and a host of renowned Musicians from around the country.
Tickets available from Quinn's (Bishop Street) and on the door on the night.
The Ard Rí House Hotel. Adm: €10
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Abbey Music Bar - Mulligan Family & Friends
Bridge Bar - The Fleadh Barber Tour
The Brogue - Rí Rá
Canavans - James Duggan, Graham Guerin & Treasa Canney
Cellar Bar - Trad session
Corralea Court Hotel - Matt Keane
Gilligans - Michael Howley & Friends
Harpy's Bar - Culture Night with Melissa Payne, Michael Curran, Roisin and Conor Broderick and Friends
McDonagh's Bar - The Whiskey Rovers
Reapy's - Patsy Hanly, Tommy Guighan, Pat Sweeney
Rustic Vaults - Dick Joyce & Friends
Thatch Bar - The Kings Of Connaught
Saturday, September 19th
10-12pmKiddies Drama Workshop
Town Hall
10.30amRegistration for Workshops
Mercy Primary School
11-1pmTraditional Music, Singing & Dance Workshops
More Info...
Convent of Mercy, Primary School, Dublin Road
11-5pmFarmer's Market
Town Square
11-5pmKiddies Fun Day Activities
Tuam Shopping Centre, Abbey Trinity
11-5pmLive music in the Square
12pmTreasa Canney & Pat Sweeney
Palace Restaurant
12.30pmJames Duggan & Graham Guerin
The Corralea Court Hotel
2.30pmThe McGuire Family
Tuam Shopping Centre, Abbey Trinity
2pmBusking Competitions
Under 10, 15 & 20
The Square
2pmTrad Session with Mulligan Family
The Corralea Court Hotel
2pmLynda Martin School of Irish Dancing
Tuam Shopping Centre, Abbey Trinity
3pmFinals of Young Musicians of the Year
More Info...
(Mitre Room) Corralea Court Hotel
3pmHumours of Dick Hogan
Afternoon of Songs from the Hogan Collection
More Info...
Pedro's Café (Tuam Shopping Centre, Abbey Trinity)
4pmCD Launch by-Sean O'hÉanaig
5pmCD Launch by Sean Maloney
4.30pmBryan Duggan & Friends (Dublin)
Rustic Vaults
5pmTuam Traditional Singer's Circle

5.30pmRECITAL- John & Maggie Carty with Francis Gaffney
Corralea Court Hotel
8pmTrad for all Seasons

Tickets available at the door.
Ard Ri House Hotel Adm: €10
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Abbey Music Bar & Café - Eamonn Kitt
Bridge Bar - Trad Session
The Brogue - The Byrne Brothers
Canavan's - Aindrias De Staic & the Latchiko's
Cellar Bar - Out of the Blues
Corralea Court Hotel - The Kings Of Connaught
McDonagh's Bar - The Fleadh Barber Tour
Reapy's - Chris Droney, Ann Kirrane & Treasa Canney
The Rustic Vaults - Gerry Hanley, Pat Broderick & Anne Marie Broderick
Thatch Bar - Rí Rá
Sunday, September 20th
10amTraditional Music Breakfast €5.00 PP
Róisín Broderick, Elaine Reilly & Friends. ?5 per person. Everyone Welcome!
Corralea Court Hotel
12.30pmPatsy Hanly, Pat Sweeney, Dick Hogan & Friends
The Foyer, Ard Rí House Hotel
12.30pmTrad Session with Vincent Griffin & Gerry Hanley
Corralea Court Hotel
1.00pmTrad Session with Abbey Staff Members
The Abbey Music Bar
5pmTrad Session with Patsy Hanly, Pat Sweeney, Gerry Hanley, Chris Droney & Friends
Corralea Court Hotel
5pmTrad Session with Abbey Staff Members
The Abbey Music Bar
5.30pmMembers of Rí Rá
6pmTony, Norman & Friends
9.30pmPub Sessions:
Bridge Bar - Trad Disco
Brogue Bar - The Kings Of Connaught
Canavan's - Gina Loughnan, Gerry Hanley & Friends
Cellar Bar - Trad Session
Corralea Court Hotel - Gatehouse
Harpy's - Matt Keane
McDonagh's Bar - Cool Country
Thatch Bar - Treasa Canney & Pat Sweeney
Reapy's - Róisín Broderick & Friends
Rustic Vaults - Michael Howley & Friends

There will be other sessions in various venues throughout the weekend.

The full programme of events listed above is available to download HERE.

Times and events are subject to change.



The Workshops are given by professional musicians/dancers from around the country.
Prior competence in a student's chosen instrument is expected.
Registration on the day at the venue 30 minutes beforehand, however as spaces are limited we advise participants to register in advance to avoid disappointment. To Sign up, phone 087-2451341 or email tuamtradfestival@gmail.com.

Workshops will be held on Saturday, 19th September, 11am - 1pm
at the Convent of Mercy Primary School, Dublin Road
Cost: €20.00

» Fiddle Masterclass, Oisin MacDiarmada (Sligo)
» Tin Whistle Masterclass, Mary Bergin (Spiddal)
» Accordion, Michael Curran (Tyrone)
» Flute, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (Connemara)
» Banjo, Colm Naughton (Galway)
» Uilleann Pipes, Neillidh Mulligan (Dublin)
» Concertina, Mariead Corridan (Kerry)
» Harp, Aoife Ní Argáin (Dublin)
» Bodhrán, Johnny Ringo McDonagh (Galway)
» Rang Gaeilge, Rónán Regan (Galway)
» Sean Nós Dancing, Caoimhe Mulligan (Dublin)
» Traditional Singing, Matt Keane (Galway)




Sponsors of the 2015 Tuam Trad Festival

Corrib Oil
Corrib Oil
SuperValu Tuam
SuperValu Tuam
St Jarlaths Credit Union
St Jarlath's Credit Union
Tommy Varden Catering Equipment
Tommy Varden Catering Equipment
Pubs or Businesses wishing to sponsor or host an event can email tuamtradfestival@gmail.com or phone 087-6449560

Festival Friends



Contact Us

Festival Office: Town Hall, The Square, Tuam

Primary festival organiser Ann Smith Coen can be contacted on (087) 2451341 or by email tuamtradfestival@gmail.com