Kathie Boyter is one of Celtic Thunder’s most devoted fans. Here she gives a personal view how social media has helped the band forge an unbreakable bond with fans across the world.
Celtic Thunder, the enormously popular Irish singing group, know they haven’t risen to such heights without a wide and solid fan base. Their understanding of the power of Twitter, Facebook and a group website (celticthunder.ie), has given them such a loyal following that they have no worries of ever losing a single fan.
There is nothing like a good trad session. The banter and music all adds to a great night and it really brings people together.
It is the sessions that have kept Irish music alive. It’s wonderful that when you put the hard work in and learn to play an instrument you can have the opportunity to share it and experience the “craic” in a trad session.
Anne Brady runs the traditional Irish music site, Findtradfolk. Here she highlights some of the festivals taking place around Ireland this summer.
There is a plethora of festivals taking place around Ireland this year, particularly during the summer. Just last weekend there was the Inishbofin Arts Festival, Feile Chois Chuain, Feile Oriel, Feile na gCuach and Clancy’s of Athy had a small trad festival in their pub.
This year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival has attracted some legendary performers from both folk and rock music.
Irish band Horslips will be the headline act on a bill that also includes Bryan Robertson, formerly with Irish rock band Thin Lizzy and Motorhead. He’ll be performing with the Eamonn McCormack Band.
Mick Tayor, the former guitarist with the Rolling Stones, will be appearing with his Rhythm ‘n Blues Band.
Temple Bar TradFest aims to bring Irish traditional music to tens of thousands of Irish and international visitors to Temple Bar from Wednesday to Sunday, January 25-29.
It also aims to do so with affordable prices to performances in Christ Church Cathedral, City Hall, and the Button Factory and hundreds of free street events throughout the Temple Bar area.