Masters of Tradition

We are now in the 15th year of the festival. Over that time we have worked to bring you a varied and vibrant
cross section of traditional Irish music. We always keep the bedrock elements of the music such as sean-nós singing
and uilleann piping as part of our program. Our mission to give voice to Irish music’s sometimes overlooked carriers
of tradition and their subtle expression of this music, continues. We simultaneously present performers at the
other end of the spectrum who stretch the boundaries of the music. This year once again we are excited to present a full spectrum of the tradition with some of Ireland’s finest performers and the inclusion of two late night concerts
specifically oriented towards very new and adventurous collaborations with Irish music. This festival couldn’t happen without the dedicated work of Francis Humphrys and the wonderful staff of West Cork Music. Our very special venues add a particular magic and are also key to the success of the festival. We are very grateful to have access to them. A very special thanks to you, our audience, for your continued support, enthusiasm and trust. I hope you have a wonderful experience at this year’s Masters of Tradition.

Martin Hayes