Tradition Now 2023

Tradition Now 2023

Saturday, 7 October 2023, 8.00pm

On October 7 and 8, the Tradition Now event, an initiative by the National Concert Hall and the Arts Council, is set to take place. The multi-room programme will feature Ye Vagabonds, Cormac Begley, Strange Boy, Doireann Ní Ghlacáin, among others. The performances will occur in various rooms of the National Concert Hall including the Main Stage, John Field Room, Kevin Barry Room, and the Studio.

Ye Vagabonds, a duo composed of brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, have previously received multiple accolades including Best Traditional Track from BBC Radio Two Folk Award and several RTÉ Folk Awards, including Best Group. They will perform on the first day of the event, October 7.

On the second day, October 8, concertina player Cormac Begley will headline. Begley's accomplishments include winning Best Folk Instrumentalist 2022 at the RTÉ Folk Awards, as well as his music being central to the award-winning show Mám and Pat Collin's film, The Dance.

Other artists performing at the event include Strange Boy, recipient of the 2023 Liam O’Flynn Award, Doireann Ní Ghlacáin, a fiddle player and sean nós singer, and Cathal McConnell, a singer and flute player. Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul will also return to perform at the event on October 8.

Tickets are available from June 16, priced at €25, and include entry to all Tradition Now concerts for the date purchased. There is a 10% discount available for Friends of the NCH.

For more information on the event, visit the National Concert Hall website at

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Published by Journal of Music on 17 June 2023

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