Dingle Peninsula Entertainment & Leisure
The Dingle Peninsula, Europe's most westerly point - located in Ireland's stunning south-west, has long been a breeding ground for musical talent. Its geographical isolation, set against the rugged Atlantic, framed by mountains and rural expanse where the Irish language is still a vibrant force, has seen a unique culture evolve; it's voice translated by its musical heritage. Here you will experience unique Traditional Irish music, the West Kerry style which is lauded the world-over, born from generational gifts which has seen airs and the slight of instrumental hand passed down through the ages, shaped throughout the peninsula you will hear music and song that lifts the heart and invigorates the soul. As a consequence the area pubs and venues are a hot-bed of musical activity waiting to be discovered.
Dingle Tradfest is Ireland's newest innovative Trad-Fusion Music Festival. The festival will provide a platform for both National and Internationally acclaimed performing artists to showcase modern and original talents within the usually more Traditional environment that is the Dingle Peninsula. The inaugural event will kick off on September 8th and runs until September 11th this year.
Dingle and West Kerry is jam-packed with pubs such as John Benny's, O'Flaherty's or An Droichead Beag wherelive trad at its best can be heard almost every night of the week. This is only the beginning of the story, practically every few yards there is a pub or venue where you will be treated to Irish music, singing or dance which quite simply can't be experienced elsewhere. This musical heritage also attracts some of the world's best known performers. In pubs like MacCarthy's it is not unusual to stumble across the likes of Glen Hansard of the Frames, Mundy, Damien Dempsey or Mick Flannery as they gig in the pub's intimate back-room. Mary Black, the Chieftains and Snow Patrol are also frequent visitors. Indeed the area has also produced singers, songwriters and musicians of world renown including Eoin Duignan, the Begleys, Steve Cooney, Eilis Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon (of Lumiere), Aoife Granville, Donogh Hennessy, Maidhc Dainin O Se…the list goes on.
Indeed the sense of importance that musical holds in the Dingle Peninsula can be best summed up in the Other Voices series; a series of concerts hosted every year in St. James Church (also recorded for TV) which has seen Damien Rice, the Frames, the Undertones, Amy WinehouseRIP, Lisa Hannigan, James Morrison, James Blunt, Rufus Wainwright, Elbow plus countless others perform in this intimate setting in Dingle town. So whether it's live Traditional Irish music, amazing singers or some of the biggest names in music you are after, the Dingle Peninsula is the place to be.
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