South Manchester Tradfest kicks off 2017 Festival
South Manchester is home to one of the biggest Irish Diaspora communities in the UK and its four main festival hubs in Levenshulme, Burnage, Fallowfield and Chorlton will kick start this years 2017 Manchester Irish Festival, with a host of Irish music, dance, comedy, film, art and its own Irish market being just some of the highlights of its two week 'Tradfest' which runs from Friday 3rd March until Sunday 19th March.
Highlights in Levenshulme include a series of concerts and music sessions at m19bar, the Union, Freds Ale House, The Horseshoe and Hennigans Sports Bar featuring the likes of Kieran Cunningham, The Lonesome and Penniless Cowboys, Emma Sweeney, Grace Kelly and Andy Dinan plus the Mayo Manchester Tradfest concert celebration featuring the likes of Joe Keegan, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and the Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dancing.
The award winning Levenshulme Market with its craft products, food, drink and vintage clothing has joined forces with the festival to stage a special charity event on St Patrick's Night with a host of Irish Dancing groups raising money for the homeless charity 'Reachout and Roofless'. Local Irish Café ThaiIrish will be staging a special Irish Festival Art Exhibition called The Streets of Levenshulme's Irish by local artist Daniel Pitts as well as offering a special Irish menu and selling Irish products. Burnage will stage a series of free concerts at the Farmers Arms which includes a free closing concert by Celtic Rock group The Scattering.
The Chorlton Irish Club has a full programme of Irish music concerts featuring Trad concerts by The Carousel Sessions and a Commitments Tribute night plus a host of Comedy, Irish Film screenings and Irish Language as well as Irish Dancing displays on St Patricks Day. Whilst the nearby Bowling Green will host a series of Irish events over the two weeks of the festival.
St Kents Irish Club in Fallowfield will stage a series of major concerts featuring the likes of Stephen Smyth plus its regular set dancing, Irish Dancing classes and Irish Language classes plus its annual St Patrick's Day Breakfast in aid of Irish Community Care.
The other festival hubs are in Didsbury, Manchester and Cheetham Hill where The Irish World Heritage Centre is based and it is where the St Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday 12 March will start from before ending in Albert Square.