Trad talent to be showcased

Some of those who packed into Waterloo Street during Fleadh Cheoil back in 2013. INLS3413-189KM

Some of those who packed into Waterloo Street during Fleadh Cheoil back in 2013. INLS3413-189KM

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Some of the trad world’s most lauded up and coming bands will be showcased during the first Derry International Irish Music Festival, which gets under way at the end of next month.

As welll as a host of headline events, free concerts and sessions and a Trad Trail across the city, the festival will also present a number of talented young bands.

The Battlefield Band performing at the Official Closing ceremony of the Fleadh at Ebrington Square back in 2013. (Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography)

The Battlefield Band performing at the Official Closing ceremony of the Fleadh at Ebrington Square back in 2013. (Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography)

The city’s newest music festival comes after the massive success of the All-Ireland Fleadh in Derry back in 2013. It will run from January 31 to February 7, 2016 across numerous venues.

The bands to be showcased will include the Pink Floyd and Elvis influenced trad band Fourwinds, who have recently been awarded the Kyle Award at Celtic Connections.

They will perform on Friday February 5 at Paedar O’Donnell’s and also at the Late Night Festival Club at An Culturlann.

Also appearing at the festival will be Talisk, the winners of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, bringing together their backgrounds in Irish and Scottish trad music for performances at the Late Night Festival Club on Friday, February 5, with further gigs at Cafe Soul and in the Derby Bar on Saturday, February 6.

Connla have been hailed as an exciting new band with string traditional and internatuional roots.

Hailing from Derry and Armagh, the quintet will play at The Quays and Late Night Festival Club on Friday February 5 and at the Abercorn Bar on Saturday, February 6.

Athrú are a five piece contemprary Irish trad band who won Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s An Re Nua prize in 2014. SInce then they have released their debut self-titled EP and toured Ireland’s folk festival circuit extensively.

Athrú will be joining the others at the Festival Club on Friday night, before performing at The Quays on Saturday February 6 and Legenderry Warehouse on Sunday February 7.

Free events at the festival meanwhile, will include the Big Trad Lunch at venues across the town from 1pm or 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7.

Prior to this, BBC Radio Foyle presenter Mark Patterson will broadcast live from Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Tuesday February 2nd from 1.30pm to 3pm, and local people are invited to come along and meet the performers and artistes and enjoy the lvie music sessions and 
interviews on the day.

There will also be a free ‘Come and Try’ Instrument Fair on Saturday February 6 from 2pm to 4pm at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

For full listings and to book to go: www.diimf.com (028 71264132) or in person at An Cultúrlann or www.millenniumforum.com (telephone 028 71264455) for Transatlantic Sessions only.