Further to celebrating its 1st Birthday this year, the multi-faceted Culture Vultures event travels outside Dublin for the first time, with TradFest Kilkenny hosting its inaugural visit. The event takes places at the Hole In The Wall, Saturday March 14, 5pm, and the line-up features:

Spoken Word: Writer Peter Murphy delivers his riveting version of arguably the most famous Irish short story ever written: The Dead, by James Joyce. Murphy uses his innate sense of theatricality and writing skills to make sure you won’t forget what you’ll see and hear. A perfect left-field St Patrick’s Day weekend experience.

Panel Discussion: For the weekend that’s in it, Culture Vultures curator Tony Clayton-Lea talks with uileann piper Leonard Barry and concertina player Edel Fox. From traditional backgrounds to future developments in traditional music, the panel discussion will range from here to there, and most points in-between. A perfect casual chat for those interested in listening to two of the most renowned young traditional music players in the country.

Music: Fresh from talking about music, uileann piper Leonard Barry will return centre stage for the Culture Vultures finale, as he displays his esteemed skills at coaxing melodies and lines out of what could well be be thin air… And, sure, who knows who might join him as the minutes and melodies pass!

After selling out their debut Dublin show in 24 hours, Dylan Haskins and Lisa Hannigan bring Soundings: Holy Trinity to the stunning surrounds of the historic and exquisite Long Gallery in Kilkenny Castle for an afternoon of story and song. In this live show-come podcast, broadcaster Dylan Haskins and acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan will be joined by three guests from different walks of Irish life.

IMRO descend on Kilkenny Tradfest and aim to shine a light on emerging stars of traditional music in Ireland. Those selected for showcase have an opportuninty to perform in front of festival organisers, media and an established group of traditional music supporters. The masterclass led by established traditional musicians will offer insightful information for attendees.

Other events include the Johnny Reidy Ceili Band and the Annaly Ceili Band, workshops, sean nos dancing and lots more.
Tickets available from Rollercoaster Records and For full details on this year’s festival check out