In a unique online event, ‘Tradition Now 2020’, will see “an array of artists perform a relay of forty-minute sets in two marathon concerts”. The event is a traditional music programme by the National Concert Hall in partnership with The Arts Council and supported by Davy and The Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.
Reflecting the diversity of contemporary traditional music from Ireland and beyond, the weekend festival will begin on Saturday 24th October and end on Sunday 25th October.
The first marathon will feature Irish folk songs performed by popular names in music such as Choice Music Prize nominee Ye Vagabonds, Donegal traditional music icon Mairéad Ní Mhaoinigh agus a cairde, and the refined musical stylings of Uilleann piper Barry Kerr (NCH Liam O’Flynn Award winner for 2020) in the company of Beoga’s Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham.
While the first evening will see a fusion of cultures and music, the second day will see the comeback of Sam Amidon, traditional sean-nós evocations, eclectic folk fusions and Appalachian ballads.
Commenting on the event, Maureen Kennelly, the Director of the Arts Council said:
“The Arts Council is delighted to be celebrating the sixth edition of Tradition Now and values this important partnership with the National Concert Hall. Tradition Now highlights the diversity and innovation that exists within traditional music and song and is committed to improving the visibility and career success of emerging and established traditional artists. While current circumstances have seen concert halls and music venues dark in recent months it is heartening to see so many excellent artists at different stages in their artistic journeys presenting their work on the national stage and online to worldwide audiences.”
Amongst some of the popular names of the Irish radio and film industry, Donal Dinnen will be seen conversing with the artists throughout the events.
Talking of the diverse festival, Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall, said:
“We are very excited to announce this year’s Tradition Now Marathon, celebrating all aspects of the genre from the established to the progressive. This year’s programme features some of the finest exponents of the form and we are delighted to provide artists, whose livelihoods have been so severely affected by the pandemic, with the opportunity to perform once more. In these difficult times, we need the uplifting power of music more than ever, so we are honoured to bring these enriching Livestream performances to a national and international digital audience.”