Temple Bar Trad Fest

We caught a few gigs as part of the Temple Bar Trad Fest in Dublin last weekend.  It was a real treat to experience Irish music played both traditionally and with a modern twist.  We started on Thursday night at the Vat House in Blooms Hotel.
The interior of the pub was decorated with all sorts of interesting Guinness related kitsch.
A very traditional trio took the stage and entertained us with classics like Galway Girl plus some surprise requests from the audience like Farewell to Nova Scotia.  They gave the latter a good go.  After admitting they didn't know all the words, I looked up the song on my Android to help them along.
On Saturday we stopped into The Temple Bar pub for a modern take on traditional Irish music.  The pub was really hopping and the songs were played fast with a strong beat and great flair.
We took a break from the music to see The Cambria at Project Arts Centre, a fantastic two person play about escaped slave and figurehead for the abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglass.  The show focuses on a little known aspect of Douglass' life.  He spent about 6 months in Ireland and crossed over from the US on a ship called The Cambria.  The play was outstanding and showcased the intersection of Irish and American History -- see it!  Kudos to Donal O'Kelly for writing and starring in such a moving performance.

After the play, we stopped in to the Vat House once again for one final fix of Trad music.  This time we were treated to a duo with a heavy pipe influence.  I also captured a snippet of their rendition of Galway Girl on video.
We finished the evening with a bit of a shocking sight.  We were sitting at the bar and saw this pint of Guinness that had gone awry.  I guess nobody's perfect but at least the music of the festival came close.

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