Trad and rap to rock the city

A classic 70s Celtic rock band, a rapper named after an ancient Irish hero, and a girl with a harp are part of the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that will fill Newry during Iúr Cinn Fleadh over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Horslips band members Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart will be in conversation while Oriel Traditional Music Orchestra will reimagine some of their hits. DJ Cú Chulainn will lead a Bikes And Beats rally around the city streets. The Voice Kids finalist Niamh Noade will help festivalgoers explore the mystery of music and healing.


All of this – and more – is part of a fresh wave of music, culture and fun that will sweep through Newry from 24-28 August. Trad Trail will see Irish music sessions at local pubs through the weekend. Trad Cruise will fill the air with music and merriment along the historic Newry Canal. Actor Kieran Cunningham will present his much acclaimed show about the life of Irish comedian Dave Allen.

Dancing On The Greens will seek to revive the old Irish tradition of ‘crossroads dancing’ – this time taking it to community locations around Newry. Street Feast will present the produce of farmers, foragers and food preparers from the city and its surrounding area – with music from Ramblin String Band. (Photo of DJ Cú Chulainn by Columba O’Hare)

Clive Price