Temple Bar Tradfest 2013 | IMRO Traditional Music Showcases

January 8, 2013

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at the 8th annual Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin this month, IMRO will be hosting two traditional music showcases in the New Theatre, Temple Bar on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January to represent the high quality of emerging artists in the Traditional music field.

We are delighted to announce that the four acts selected to take part in the 2013 IMRO Temple Bar TradFest showcases are Tremolo, Réalta, Enda Seery and JPTrio featuring Niamh Farrell.

Showcase 1: Thursday, 24th January Doors 6pm

Tremolo – 6:30pm

Réalta – 7:10pm


Showcase 2: Friday, 25th January Doors 6pm

Enda Seery – 6:30pm

JPTrio & Niamh Farrell – 7:10pm

Entry to these showcases is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email membership@nullimro.ie by Monday 21st January to reserve your seat.

Both showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2. www.thenewtheatre.com. Directions to the theatre can be found here: http://www.thenewtheatre.com/tnt_php/scripts/page/contact_us.php?gi_sn=50ea9f64e5a2e%7C0

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

Artist Details


Tremolo consists of four accomplished musicians from the Irish traditional music scene, brought together by their shared taste in melodic, transparent music. Whilst remaining at all times innovative and refreshing, their technical ability never stands in the way of them remaining true to their collective musical passion.

Donall Donnelly is a talismanic fiddle-player who adds a dynamism and drive to the unique sound of Tremulo. Since becoming ‘Fiddler of Dooney’ champion he has gone on to tour worldwide, supporting bands like Capercaille, the Michael McGoldrck band and playing festivals ranging from Womad to Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Donncha Moynihan is a guitarist of immense ability and taste who infuses subtlety and warmth into everything he plays. Donncha is Cork-based and was a founding member of the much lauded traditional group Calico in early 1998 who went on to release two award-winning albums- “Celanova Square” and “Songdogs”.

Stijn Van Beek (uileann pipes/low whistle) performs in an eclectic range of bands. He has featured as a soloist on an album with tango bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof playing compositions by Ennio Morricone and has played at major Dutch pop festivals with rock group ‘Moke’.  Karl Nesbitt (bouzouki, flute and bodhran) has performed with some of the best musicians in Irish music in various majestic settings across Europe, the UK and China. He has carved out a reputation for himself as a band arranger and for two years in succession in Brittany, he organised and orchestrated the music for a band representing Ireland at the Festival Interceltique in L‟orient.



Belfast based band Réalta have launched onto the Irish music scene with their lively, exciting and unique approach to Irish traditional music. Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals and bodhrán, this multi instrumentalist group make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured Germany alongside Altan in 2011 and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2012, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences as they present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song.


Enda Seery

Enda Seery is one of Ireland’s finest young whistle and flute players and composers. Enda’s critically acclaimed debut album The Winding Clock was released in 2010 and sees Enda sprinkle his own compositions amongst other well know session tunes. 

The Winding Clock album with Enda on whistles and keyboard, John Byrne on guitar and Colin Hogg on bodhrán along with a guest appearance from Enda’s musical siblings: Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig Seery (fiddle) has received great reviews from critics and musicians alike. Enda’s compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin All-Ireland Champion button accordion player Colin Nea recently recording Enda’s composition Sam’s Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels.  

Along with gaining a reputation as a respected teacher, administrator and adjudicator for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and completing a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with First Class Honours, Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ’s Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.
2013 will see Enda releasing his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside).



JPTrio & Niamh Farrell

JPTrio are brothers Ted (banjo, tenor guitar and vocals) and Jos (button accordion, keyboards and vocals), Paddy Hazleton (percussion and vocals), joined by Niamh Farrell for the main vocals. They came together while at Sligo Grammar school, where Jos is this year studying for his Leaving Certificate.

Their three years competing in the Siansa Gael Linn competition for young traditional bands helped them evolve as group musicians (they were the winning group in 2009 as Spraoi) culminating in a 2011 performance at Celtic Connections where they won a best newcomer band award at the Danny Kyle open stage competition.

There are jigs and reels here but everything, bar the sean-nós rendition of ‘UnaDheas’, has a strong jazz influence and an emphasis on rhythmic innovation .Their EP includes two Niall Vallely compositions, one Padraig Rynne, one Gordon Duncan, one Colin Farrell, and two traditional songs (one Irish, one gospel).

Ted explains: ‘When I was in first year of college I lived with a bass player studying Jazz in Newpark [Music Centre in Dublin]. He introduced me to lots of brilliant jazz, and while I was there trying to understand bass lines in jazz/funk/soul music, Jos was learning Jazz piano from Kieran Quinn in Sligo. Oscar Peterson was a huge influence for Jos.

‘Paddy’s mum once said to me, He’s been banging pots and pans since I can remember. Paddy’s talent as a percussionist is pure and comes from his soul.’



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