LISTEN: Midwest to launch 2016 MMTradfest

Midwest Radio, Ireland's most listened to regional programme will launch this years 2016 Mayo Manchester Tradfest on Friday 29 July at Bar Square on Garden Street in the centre of Ballina from 6pm to 8pm. The Free to enter VIP party will see a host of special guests join the performers taking part in the week long festival which is expected to attract over 50,000 people to North Mayo. Watch out for General Dunford's army of Red Coats and Pike Men from The Humberts Landing making an appearance as well as a host of musicians, singers and dancers. Senator Michelle Mulherin and Ballina TD, Dara Calleary will also be in attendance.

The six day Tradfest will see over 500 Irish musicians, singers and dancers are set to take over the numerous venues in Ballina and its surrounding towns for the week long Mayo Manchester Tradfest. The family friendly festival will feature a whole host of award winning performers involved in 10 key events and a further 60 fringe events.

The festivalls Gala concert will see the Voice of Old Trafford, Mr Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football club flying over to host the special event at the Ballina Arts Centre which is being filmed by UTV. 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.”