Tradfest returns to Temple Bar from 22nd - 27th January next. Now in its 8th year, there is a veritable cornucopia of traditional Irish music to listen to and participate in - over 200 events. This year they're tied in with The Gathering and welcoming "home" the Diaspora. Most of the events are ticketed and not free but the quality of the musicians performing means that few will be unhappy about paying to see them. A few selected events but obviously full details on their online programme. There are also plenty of family friendly activities and open mic stuff too.
Mary Coughlan - a free gig at 18:00 on 26th January. Warning: outdoors!
Sharon Shannon & Family, both 25th & 26th January (19:30 doors) at St Patrick's Cathedral - tickets are €40.
Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & the Sands Family - 23rd January at 20:00 in Christchurch Cathedral - tickets are €35.