2018 Mayo Manchester Tradfest Featured Artists

The Mayo Manchester Tradfest is now in its 6th year, the festival of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance is a unique celebration between the performers from Manchester in the UK and Mayo in the West of Ireland. There are 10 Main events and a further 90 Fringe events featured in this years festival with over 500 performers taking part. Listed below are just some of the performers involved in the top ten main events:

Billow Wood
Brand new Irish band Billow Wood (formerly known as Flat Out) are a male/female four-piece who fuse their unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies. Billow Wood are influenced by Irish and mainstream music and are now moving in a new direction often accompanied by a bass and drums. They are creating their own unique sound! A blend of folk, indie, pop and rock.

These four members are often outnumbered with instruments on stage with Mark O’Donnell on fiddle and guitar, Harry Lawlor on Harp and guitar, Ciara O’Donnell on Bodhrán, flute and whistles and Bríd O’Donnell on accordion. Nevertheless their blend of instrumentation and vocal harmonies is a sound not to miss! 'Can you See Me' is their latest EP

Catch them headlining our special concert at Matt Molloys on Tuesday 7 August see www.mattmolloyspub.com for tickets

Joe Keegan

The Manchester based Irish singer, musician and dancer shot to fame when he appeared in the BBC TV series The Voice, he has since gone onto to form his own band, headlining the Manchester Irish Festival for the second year in a row. Joe has become a perment fixture of the Mayo Manchester Tradfest with many of his 30,000 social media followers coming from Ireland. Joe is on a mission to put Pop back into Irish Music. He has just released his debut EP 'Pick Myself Up' see www.joekeegan.co.uk

Catch Joe when he headlines the Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concerts at the Ballina Arts Centre www.ballinartscentre.com on Saturday 4 August or at Claremorris Town Hall Theatre on Sunday 5 August www.townhall.ie

The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band
The award winnning Irish Pipe band are the UK's longest running Pipe band and this year are celebrating their 70th anniversary. They are one of the few Pipe bands in the world of having the honour of playing in the 50th and 100th anniversary of Ireland's Independence in Dublin.

The band are playing at all ten main events, but catch their special anniversary concert at the Achill Head Hotel when they will be attempting to play a historic concert with all five of Achill's world famous Pipe Bands or try and squeeze yourself into Matt Molloys Pub when they take it over with Flatout on Tuesday 7 August.
see www.facebook.com/fiannaphadraig

Sina Theil
The Irish Country Music star is on a mission to put Rock into Country Music and judging by her close to 1 million Radio Plays and becoming one of Ireland's most downloaded Irish Country artists she seems to be suceeding in her mission. Check out her new EP Stripes and her recent charity single called 'Sams Coming Home' for a Teenage Cancer Charity.
see www.sinatheil.com

Catch her on Thursday 2 August at the Midwest Radio broadcast in Attymass or the VIP Launch Concert at Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar.

Con Murphy
The Ballinrobe Irish Singer songwriter has just released his debut EP 'The Fjord' which was launched in Iceland, he is now back in Ireland promoting the album which has won rave reviews. See www.conmuphymusic.com

Catch Con at the launch on Thursday 2 August or at the Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 4 August see www.ballinaartscentre.com

Marian Waldron
Irish Country singer returns to play the Mayo Manchester Tradfest after her debut last year, the singer has released several singles this year and her debut CD. She has just returned from a tour of New York City and a string of TV appearances on Sky TV. You can catch Maria performing at the 6th Annual Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 4 August or the Gala Concert in Claremorris on Sunday 5 August. See www.ballinaartscentre.com

For further details about Marian's latest releases and tours see www.facebook.com/marianwaldronmusic

Alan Keegan
Alan is an accomplised Radio and Tv broadcaster as well as been known as 'The Voice of Old Trafford'who his work as the stadium announcer and TV presenter for Manchester United Football Club at the 'Theatre of Dreams'. see www.alankeegan.com
Alan will be hosting our Gala Concert at Breaffy House Resort, The Ballina Arts Centre and Claremorris Town Hall Theatre.

The Ganley Sisters
Sisters Laura and Sandra Ganley from Mayo are extrodinary Sean Nos Dancers,from performimg Brush dancing to Barrel Dancing. The sisters are Sean Nos teachers passing on their skills all over the County and performing all over the world. They have made several TV appearances which include RTE TV and TG4 TV. They have become a firm favourite with the Mayo Manchester Tradfest and have appeared at most of the annual celebrations. see www.theganleysisters.com
Catch the Ganley Sisters at the outdoor broadcast at the Fr Peyton Cenre in Attymass with Midwest Radio from 6p-8pm on Thursday 2 August

Jiving Juniors
The Irish Country Dancing School for young people, was founded by Sandra Ganley and now has dancing groups all over Ireland, recently featured on RTE Late Late Show and other TV shows, catch the group performing at the Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert on Saturday 4 August at Ballina Arts Centre see www.ballinaartscentre.com

For further details about Jiving Juniors see www.facebook.com/jivingjuniors1

The Murphy Moore Irish Dancing Academy
The Award winning Mayo based Irish Dance Academy make their Mayo Manchester debut at our 6th annual Gala Concert on Saturday 4 August at the Ballina Arts Centre see www.ballinaartscentre.com for tickets

For Details about the Irish Dancing Academy see https://www.facebook.com/TheMurphyMooreAcademy/

The Turley Duggan Irish Dancing Academy
The Award winning Mayo based Irish Dance Academy make their Mayo Manchester debut at our 6th annual Gala Concert on Saturday 4 August at the Ballina Arts Centre see www.ballinaartscentre.com for tickets
For Details about the Irish Dancing Academy see https://www.facebook.com/groups/763258867025083/

Dennis McCalmont
The Mayo based Singer Songwriter is one of the stalwarts of the Mayo Manchester Tradfest, his lyrics make you think and his guitar playing and vocals lift your soul. Check out his latest Album 'The Joys of Modern Life'
Dennis will be opening up this years 6th Annual Mayo Manchester​ Tradfest Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre see www.ballinaartscentre.com

For more details about Dennis McCalmont see www.dennismccalmont.com

Centre Stage Vocal Academy
The Academy teach singing, music and stage skills in the Centre of Ballina, last year they had the honour of welcoming An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to the town on his first official visit to the area. They were a huge hit last year when they performed in the sell out Gala Concert and return again to join us at the Ballina Arts Centre.
See www.facebook.com/centrestagevocalacademy