Masters of Tradition will take place online this year but its mission remains the same – to journey to the heart of Irish music and provide a platform where subtle elements of the music can be heard.
From 29 September – 17 November, concerts will be streamed each Wednesday evening by the US platform OurConcerts.live. These concerts will have been pre-recorded in Bantry House, Future Forests in Kealkil and Abbestrewry Church in Skibbereen. These concerts can also be viewed on-demand after the initial streaming.
As ever, the Festival is headlined by its Artistic Director Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare, whose distinctive touch and extravagant virtuosity has brought the tradition to new levels.
Over the eight days of the festival there will also be performances and collaborations from guitarists Steve Cooney, John Walsh and Phil Robson; singer Christine Tobin; multi instrumentalists Francesco Turrisi and Brian Donnellan; pianist and composer Cormac McCarthy; poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa; accordionist Derek Hickey; uilleann piper David Power; violinist Marja Gaynor; the Goodman Trio and more.