Top talent at Moville’s TradFest

Clodagh Warnock performing in Rosato's with accordian player Edel McLaughlin. (0302PG86)
Clodagh Warnock performing in Rosato's with accordian player Edel McLaughlin. (0302PG86)

This weekend sees the first in a packed schedule of events in the Moville throughout the year.

The popular TradFest is back for it’s sixth year entertaining locals and visitors to the town, and this year promises not to disappoint.

On Friday night from 10.30pm in Rosato’s Bar Buncrana man Oliver O’Donnell will be playing for an enthusiastic audience, when at the same time, popular local trad musician Paddy McLaughlin will be conducting the session.

Saturday night is the highlight of the night when worldwide renowned Clodagh Warnock, former Deanta band member, will take to the stage alongside Buncrana musician Tom Byrne on Accordion, Jolene McLaughlin of the Henry Girls on Harp and Keyboards and Martin McGinley on Fiddle.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday Clodagh said she is looking forward to hearing some good music.

“It’s great you won’t have to travel too far to listen to some good music. There isn’t a lot of traditional music in Moville anymore, apart from Paddy McLaughlin’s session in Rawdons on a Friday night, so it’ll definitely be something different.

“It should be a good night, and we have on Saturday night three very talented musicians coming in so that’s not something that happens every week.”

The Moville women is hoping for a good turnout at this year’s festival.

“I played in the TradFest last year the RockoctberFest in November and there’s always a good turnout. Eddie (Harkin) in Rosato’s is always very good and hopefully there will be a good buzz about the place this year as well.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and join us, whether they want to sing a song or just listen in.”

Organiser Gerry McLaughlin has been working hard over the past couple of months to get everything up and running.

Known locally for his work in the BeatleFest and DylanFest, Gerry thinks this weekend will be another top festival.

“It’s looking like being a brilliant weekend. Clodagh and team’s session at Rosato’s during the TradFest last year was one of the gigs of the year in Moville.

“We’re all looking forward to an even better one this year. It is a star packed line-up”.

For more information and for a full schedule of events see

For full photographic coverage of the TradFest see Tuesday’s edition of The Derry Journal