A Host of Stars join MMTradfest Top Ten Events
500 Irish musicians, singers and dancers are set to take over the numerous venues in Ballina and its surrounding towns for the 6 Day Mayo Manchester Tradfest. The week-long family friendly festival will feature a whole host of award winning performers involved in 10 key events and a further 60 fringe events and is expected to attract over 50,000 visitors. The unique celebration featuring performers from Mayo and Manchester is launched on Friday 29 July with a special live two hour radio broadcast by Midwest Radio from Bar Square in Ballina. The free event will feature a host of VIP’s and performers and runs from 6pm to 8pm.
The Voice of Old Trafford, Mr Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football club is flying over to host the special annual Gala Concert at the Ballina Arts Centre. The Irish Music, Song and Dance concert features a host of award winning musicians, singers and dancers. Performers from Manchester include the award winning Keegan Academy of Irish Dance trained by the Lord of the Dance, James Keegan and his sister Louise plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. You are advised to book your tickets in advance from the centre on as this concert always sells out, Telephone 0967 3593 for booking details.
Performers from Mayo at the Gala concert include Patrick Lacken from the sell out Grainne Mhaol Show and Beyond the Barricade. Patrick is joined by Irish Singers, Musicians and Dancers from the Atlantic Rhythm Production company, plus David Doocey and Tom Doherty from the The Admiral Brown CCE group. Other performers include TG4 TV stars Pamela Gilmartin and The Murphy Sisters, The Heroes for Hospice Choir, the Sean Nos Dancers - The Ganley Sisters plus acoustic singer songwriter Brian Duffy.
Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented “We have received a tremendous amount of support for the festival both in Mayo and Manchester. As well as our official supporters we would like to acknowledge the help given to us by the Ballina Salmon Festival, who we have been working with for a number of years, their support for this new festival has been invaluable. The six day festival has joined forces with the Attymass Gathering, the Giro De Baille cycle race, the Humberts Landing re-enactment, the Siamsa Sraide Street Festival, the Kilkelly Heritage Day and the Bonniconlon Show to create one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Mayo."
"North Mayo is ideally suited for this type of festival with its numerous arts venues and the abundance of pubs who stage live music and dance. Although we are based in Ballina we will also be visiting Attymass, Bonniconlon, Crossmolina, Foxford, Kilkelly, Lahardane and Swinford.”
Listed below are some of the official festival highlights:
1. Friday 29 July
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Launch party and live radio mbroadcast with Midwest Radio in Ballina at Bar Square, 6pm to 8pm, free admission.
2. Saturday 30 July
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Gala Concert at Ballina Arts Centre hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Foootball Club
Performers from Mayo include: Patrick Lacken from the Grainne Mhaol show, The award winning musicians Tom Doherty and David Doocey with the CCE Admiral Brown group from Foxford, The Murphy Sisters, Irish dancers The Ganley Sisters, musicians, singers and dancers from Atlantic Rhythm Production Company, The Heroes for Hospice group and acoustic singer songwriter and Brian Duffy.
Performers from Manchester include: The Keegan Academy of Irish Dance who are trained by Lord of the Dance star, James Keegan and his sister Louise plus The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band.
Tickets are available from the Ballina Arts Centre and are 15 Euros Doors 7.30pm
Tel 0967 3593
3. Sunday 31 July
CCE Admiral Brown Seisun with Mayo Manchester in Foxford
2pm-4pm, Free Admission
4. Sunday 31 July
Attymass Gathering closing concert and BBQ with Mayo Manchester
Sionnach Rua Pub in Bunnifinglas, Attymass (on Church Road from Ballina)
Concert features a host of Irish Musicians, Singers and Dancers from Attymass and Mayo Manchester
7.30pm-10pm, Free Admission
5. Monday 1 August
Mayo Manchester - A Taste of Mayo Manchester - Business and Tourism Event at Bonniconlon Show
Features The Reel Deel Brewery, Connacht Whiskey Distillery, Cakes by Hollie, Mayo North, Enniscoe House, Ballina Chamber, Atlantic Rhythm Production Company, Keegan Academy, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Excel Excavations
12 noon - 2pm
6. Mayo Manchester Tradfest performance on Stage 2 at Bonniconlon show, with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus guests
7. Mayo Manchester Tradfest Street performance at Kilkelly Heritage Day, with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus performers from Kilkelly
7pm-9pm, Free Admission
8. Tuesday 2 August
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Performance at Siamsa Sraide Street Festival in Swinford with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus guests, followed by the Copperplate Ceili Band.
2.30-3.30, Free Admission
9. Tuesday 2 August
Mayo Manchester Tradfest Performance at JP Leonards in Lahardane with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance plus guests
7pm, free admission
10. Wednesday 3 August
Country Cottage Concert with Mayo Manchester (with Joe Keegan from BBC TV show, The Voice plus the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance) and Irish dancers, musicians and singers from Atlantic Rhythm Production Company. Plus open seisun.
Enniscoe House, just outside Crossmolina village, Tel: 0879364504 for tickets
For the full list of 70 events taking place in the festival visit www.mayomanchester.com