Don’t miss The Dublin Castle Sessions


Irish stars including Laoise Kelly, Tolü McKay, Enda Gallery and Karen Casey will appear in the Tradfest programme on RTÉ 2

Singer Tolü Makay | Photo: Mark Stedman

Join Hothouse Flowers founder and member Fiachna Ó Braonáin for six nights of songs and stories featuring household names and rising stars on the Irish music scene.

Running every Thursday on RTÉ 2 at 11.30pm for six weeks, Tradfest: The Dublin Castle Sessions is an eclectic mix of talent from across Ireland.

Filmed in the stunning State Apartments at Dublin Castle, the show produced by Tradfest and Born Optimistic features performances by over 50 artists including Altan, Dervish, Hothouse Flowers, Eleanor McEvoy, Tolü Makay, Enda Gallery, Moxie, Steve & Joe Wall, Luka Bloom, Laoise Kelly, Karen Casey, Kate Ellis and Emma Langford.

Eleanor McEvoy

Performers will share their songs and the stories behind them, and will also come together in unique collaborations.

2020 was a year that saw many festivals fall by the wayside due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however TradFest actually got bigger and went global during this time by pivoting from live events to broadcasting high quality online shows and also getting involved in TV production employing artists, crews and entertaining audiences across the world while showcasing Dublin as a hub for musical talent.

TradFest – Dublin Castle Sessions Running Order

Thursday 13 May

  • Luka Bloom & Moxie
  • Laoise Kelly
  • Tolü Makay
  • Enda Gallery
  • Karen Casey with Kate Ellis


Thursday 20 May

  • Altan
  • Eleanor Shanley
  • Aoife Scott with Andy Meaney
  • Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing) with Eleanor Shanley
  • David Keenan


Thursday 27 May

  • Hothouse Flowers with Clare Sands
  • Shane Hennessey
  • Zoe Conway & John McIntyre
  • Lemoncello


Thursday 3 June

  • Steve & Joe Wall (The Stunning) and Sive
  • Robert Harvey
  • Eleanor McEvoy & Damon Butcher
  • Cathy Jordan (Dervish)


Thursday 10 June:

  • David Kitt & Conchúr White
  • Mark Redmond
  • Ultan O’Brien & Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin with Mark Redmond


Thursday 17 June:

  • Mundy and Seána Davey
  • Emma Langford
  • The Mulcahy Family

Harpist Seana Davey