It’s time to have a tune and a boogie at your local Under the Sea Session led by experienced sea horses – we mean – traditional musicians! Feel free to bring along your instrument and dancing shoes and join in, or if you prefer, sit back, relax, and listen to some tantalising tunes. Families are invited to come, watch, and enjoy!
The Wonderful Tune is a captivating, moving, and otherworldly show which is suitable for all the family. This reimagining of an old fairytale weaves together traditional music, song, puppetry, and animation to bring children on an unforgettable journey.
Told through the eyes of Maggie Connor and her son Maurice ‘the king of all the pipers in Ireland’, The Wonderful Tune is a musical world of singing mermaids, dancing sea creatures, and an enchanted tune which is sure to have everyone singing along!
The Wonderful Tune performance as part of Tradoodle Festival comes hot on the heels of Ceol Connected’s epic 4-week run of shows around Ireland, supported by The Arts Council.
Alongside Emma Fisher (puppeteer), The Wonderful Tune performers include some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians: Thomas Johnston (uilleann pipes/whistles/vocals), Áine McGeeney (fiddle/vocals), and Seán McElwain (guitar).
Jigs to Jacobites is a stunning collection of illustrations by Mick McCabe from his brand new hot-off-the-press book of the same name, co-authored with Orfhlaith Ni Bhrian.
Jigs of Jacobites – exhibited for the first time at Tradoodle Festival – explores 4000 years of Irish history through the lens of 40 traditional set dances. In the book, each set dance title is illustrated based on stories from Irish and world history, and themes from Irish traditional music and dance. From the ancient Tuatha Dé Danann, to Bonnie Prince Charlie, to 1916, this exhibition presents these illustrations in a new and innovative context.
Despite the variety of sources and inspirations, a common illustration style works across all 40 set dances. The illustrator, Mick McCabe is a traditional flute player and graphic designer resident in Dublin. Before moving to Ireland, Mick lived near Manchester and has Monaghan and Cavan roots through his parents from Carrickmacross and Kingscourt. Mick is delighted to present this exhibition of his illustrations on home turf.
Using a fun easy-to-follow colour-coded system and animated music games, award-winning DabbledooMusic will get everyone making music, regardless of age, ability, or experience! Everyone gets an instrument and everyone gets to join in. This is live music making at its most fun and a great way to enjoy music-making together that children can continue at home.
Led by Dabbledoo Music creator Shane Mc Kenna and a host of colourful musical characters including ‘Jazz Cat’ and ‘Igor’ (The World’s Greatest drummer – and an Octopus), DabbledooMusic workshops have been delighting school children up and down the country as well as appearing in festivals such as Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival, St. Patrick’s Festival and Waterford New Music Week.