Birmingham Trad Fest

POK Twinning with Birmingham Trad Fest

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is very excited to bring you the news that the festival has teamed up with Birmingham Trad Fest in a twinning initiative.

Idea first Mooted in Miltown Malbay

Like many great musical partnerships, this idea of bringing the two festivals together was first dreamt up in Friel’s pub in Miltown Malbay during Scoil Samhraid Willie Clancy this past summer. Members of both festival committees have been corresponding since ironing out the finer details.

Birmingham Trad Fest’s history

While being a relatively new festival, the ‘Trip to Birmingham’ has grown in popularity year on year. In 2014, the festival announced its arrival with Frankie Gavin & De Dannan headlining. In the intervening years Dervish, The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Karan Casey, Flook, Noel Hill, Four Men and A Dog and many other of the leading lights of the tradition have appeared on their programme. Now firmly established as the biggest traditional music festival outside of Ireland the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is delighted to be joining with Birmingham to further spread the music of Sliabh Luachra throughout the United Kingdom.

From Birmingham to Castleisland

Members of the ‘Birmingham Trad Fest’ committee as well as musicians from the city will be in Castleisland for the weekend of the festival ( thats the 25th- 28th of October for those who need reminding ) and they will appear on the famous session trail at various points over the weekend.

Return Trip Planned

Plans to return the favour have already been hatched. A troupe of Casteisland musicians will be heading for the West Midlands for the festival which runs from the 21st- 24th of November. For more information on Birmingham Trad Fest head over to

Purpose of the Twinning

The purpose of the twinning will be to foster friendship between the two festivals and to share ideas with regard growing the respective festivals and also around best practice. The twinning will promote Castleisland as tourist destination and we look forward to welcoming our Birmingham friends to our town when the October bank holiday weekend rolls around.