TradFest 2024 Comes to The Millbank Theatre

The Millbank Theatre is delighted to be working with Trad Fest to be host venue for 4 performances.

Bríd Harper

Saturday 27th Jan 2024, Doors open: 12:30 pm – Starts: 1:00 pm

Bríd Harper has long been regarded as one of our leading Irish traditional fiddle players. Her contemporary interpretation of the Donegal tradition is one of the most unique and creative voices in the genre. Bríd was nominated for best folk instrumentalist in the RTÉ Radio 1 folk awards 2022. Although familiar to many for her collaboration with Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney, on this occasion she will perform as a soloist which is well suited to this intimate setting in The Millbank Theatre. Do not miss the opportunity to hear this exquisite fiddler player.

Gerry O’Connor, Tony Byrne, Fiach O’Connor

Saturday 27th Jan 2024, Doors open: 4:30 pm – Starts: 5:00 pm

Gerry O’Connor, a banjo virtuoso, has explored diverse musical genres, from Irish to bluegrass, and other traditional music from across the globe. His mastery of the four-string banjo is lauded by critics, drawing comparisons to iconic players like Bela Fleck and Alison Brown. As a member of “Four Men and a Dog,” he recorded with rock legends “THE BAND” and toured worldwide. Gerry’s session work includes contributions to Michael Flatley‘s “Lord of the Dance,” Christy Moore‘s “Folk Tale,” and Chris Rea‘s “Dancing Down the Stoney Road.” He has collaborated with renowned artists and performed for US President Bill Clinton. Gerry’s solo albums showcase his versatility, blending tradition with innovation, earning critical acclaim. He’s also been part of The Dublin Legends and joined Joe Bonamassa‘s acoustic band.

Brian Kennedy 

Sunday 28th Jan 2024, Doors open: 12:30 pm – Starts: 1:00 pm

Brian Kennedy is one of Ireland’s most inspired and revered ambassadors of music. He is not only a prolific songwriter but a master interpreter of lyrics as well, and audiences around the world continue to praise his exceptional vocal talents. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, the multi-platinum recording artist remains one of Ireland’s most popular singing stars. Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter declaring “music is my lifeblood.” His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an ever-growing international fan base, over a phenomenal three-decade career.

Freddie White

Sunday 28th Jan 2024, Doors open: 4:30 pm – Starts: 5:00 pm

Freddie White is a prominent figure in Ireland’s music scene, known for his exceptional talent. From the 1970s, he’s been a fixture in live music, with albums that draw a devoted fan base. Born in Cobh, Co. Cork, he started playing professionally at 17 and honed his skills in London. His early recordings, re-released in 2004, remain beloved. He co-founded ‘Scullion‘ in 1974 and later formed ‘The Fake,’ a renowned folk-rock Irish band. The Freddie White Band, established in 1978, toured with Eric Clapton. Notable albums of White’s include ‘Live on Tour’ and ‘Do You Do,’ introducing diverse music to Irish audiences. His discography continues with ‘Long Distance Runner,’ ‘Close To You,’ and ‘Straight Up,’ each showcasing his songwriting talents. Collaborations with artists like Ann O’Sullivan led to ‘My Country’ in 1999, co-produced with Declan Sinnott. He revisited early successes with the 2002 release ‘Lost and Found.’ After time in the USA, White returned in 2004 with ‘Four Days in May.’ Collaborations with Jimmy MacCarthy and Jim Barrett led to ‘Stormy Lullaby’ in 2008. ‘Here With You’ (2012) and ‘Prodigal Songs’ explored various themes such as the power of love and music. His 14th album, ‘One Heart Beating,’ came out in 2018. Moving between Australia, New York, and Ireland, Freddie’s performances encompass both new material and classics from his four-decade career. Siobhán Long from the Irish Times said it well when she stated; “There’s still nobody to match Freddie White at his best.”