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IMRO Traditional Music Showcases

January 26th and 27th 2012

The Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin’s biggest and best Irish music and culture festival, will take place for the 7th year running on the 25th – 29th January 2012. Once again Temple Bar TradFest offers a wealth of music within the very walkable confines of Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.

As part of the festival, IMRO will be running 2 showcase concerts which will take place in The New Theatre in Temple Bar.

Showcase 1: Thursday, 26th January Doors 6pm
The Rapparees : 6:30pm – 6:55pm
Alalé : 7:05pm – 7:30pm

Showcase 2: Friday, 27th January Doors 6pm
Kavan Donohoe : 6:30pm – 6:55pm
The Bonny Men : 7:05pm – 7:30pm

Entry to these showcases is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email indicating which showcase you would like to attend by Monday 23rd January to reserve your seat.

These showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2.

Visit: for details on all the events taking place throughout this five day festival!

Artist Details
The Rapparees
The Rapparees, a five piece folk outfit based in Belfast, have established an international profile in recent years with headlining performances throughout Europe. Signed to Germany’s premier Celtic music agency, Magnetic Music, joining the ranks of artists Solas, Beoga, Carlos Nunez and Dervish, The Rapparees have had support slots with Shane MacGowan and Cara Dillon as well as performances at various folk festivals. February 2011 saw the release of their eagerly awaited second album, “Wrapped up”, produced by renowned multi-instrumentalist Liam Bradley of Beoga.

Born out of the lively music scene in Galway in the West of Ireland, Alalé’s sound reflects the Irish, Spanish and World Music influences of its various members. Alalé have played and toured extensively at festivals and venues in Ireland and throughout Europe, returning regularly to Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. They have just finished recording their second album, recorded in Spiddal, Co. Galway in Charlie Lennon’s studio. Alalé pride themselves on their upbeat energetic shows which have been described by those in the industry as thoroughly unique and unbelievably electric.

Kavan Donohoe
Nineteen-year-old Kavan Donohoe has already accumulated an impressive CV in traditional Irish music, particularly as a harpist. As well as winning awards at various festivals, Kavan has performed on television shows such as Blas Ceoil (BBC 2) and The Fleadh Cheoil (RTÉ 1). Kavan has performed at festivals at home and overseas, and has supported artists like fiddler Zoë Conway and singers Seán Ó Sé and Andy Irvine. Kavan’s album, “Kavan from Cavan”, marks Kavan’s arrival as a force to be reckoned with on the traditional music scene.

The Bonny Men
In the twelve months that The Bonny Men have been together, they have emerged as the most talked about, and exciting young band to emerge from the trad/folk scene in Ireland. Their debut album, self entitled The Bonny Men, captures the raw energy and life with which these young musicians play music.
The Bonny Men excel in live performance. Having already played sell out shows in Dublin’s Liberty Hall and The Button Factory, they are quickly gathering a massive loyal following in Dublin.

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