The joy of Bucket Singing!

By Courtney Oliver

Bucket Singing remains a great West Waterford tradition.

Bucket Singing remains a great West Waterford tradition.

The annual Tradfest took place in Dungarvan on June 2nd to 5th and attracted visitors to enjoy traditional Irish tunes performed by numerous artists. The festival is hugely popular with locals, as well as visitors from Britain, USA and Europe.
Dungarvan is widely known for its pub sessions and the festival attracts many widely-known traditional musicians for the pub session trail.
Traditional Irish musicians, Aidan Coffey and Charlie Piggott joined with members of Dungarvan based Caladh Nua, Paddy Tutty, Brian Mooney and Derek Morrissey to perform traditional harmonies over the weekend.
Legendary Sliabh Luachra fiddlers, Connie O’Connell and Gerry Harrington mingled with local flute players Nicky Power and Tom Murphy.
With over twenty official sessions on the trail, music aficionados had a wide variety of choices between the ten venues.
Proprietor of Downey’s Bar, John McGrath directed this year’s programme, taking responsibility for funding, budgeting and coordinating the efforts of voluntary helpers.
Said Mr McGrath: “The Festival attracted a large number of visitors from around the country and also overseas. A visitor from Wales, David Price, won the Bucket Singing Competition and the runner-up was Savannah Rose, who is originally from Baltimore, USA.”
“Some of the most memorable sessions were with Sean Kearney and friends and Tom Murphy, Lyndia Gardiner, Stephen Paddy Tutty, Nicky Power and Aidan Coffey. Old Boro native Jimmy Mullins gave us a great rendition of ‘Dungarvan My Hometown’ at The Bucket Singing Competition. Overall it was a very successful Festival and we look forward to Trad Fest 2018.”
The success of the festival is a tribute to generous young locals who invited their musical friends from all over the country.

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