TradFest at the IFI

To celebrate TradFest 2011, the IFI are presenting a programme of rarely-seen documentaries from the IFI Irish Film Archive including films from the ’60s and ’70s as well as a more recent documentary providing the backstory to one of the star turns for TradFest 2011, Clannad.

Clannad, one of Ireland’s best loved groups of performers, are celebrating 40 years at this year’s TradFest.  As an accompaniment to the gig; Cathal Watter’s intimate and insightful documentary Clann as Dobhar tells the story of Leo and Baba Brennan and their musical family. The film features musical contributions from Moya, Pól, Ciaran, Leon, Deirdre, Olive, Bartley and Bridín Brennan. The band will attend the screening and take part in a question and answer session afterwards.

Germany’s fascination with Ireland and Irish traditional music inspired Irland – Lieder Für Trämer, Musik Für Rebellen made by Margit Wagner. Filmed in the Abbey Tavern in Howth, the film provides a vivid snapshot of traditional Irish music in the late 1960s through a series of performances from popular musicians such as Johnny McEvoy, Bill Power, Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew Liam Devalley and Seamus Gallagher. The screening will be introduced by radio presenter and TradFest Artistic Director Kieran Hanrahan.

Another outsider’s view of Ireland is presented in Philip Donnellan’s BBC-funded documentary The Pilgrimage of Ti Jean. French-Canadian master fiddler ‘Ti Jean’ Jean Carignan journeys to Ireland accompanied by a young John Faulkner and Dolores Keane to track down the music of his lifelong idol, Sligo-born fiddler Michael Coleman, and presents a masterclass in his remarkable fiddle technique along the way. Musician John Faulkner will reflect on the visit and introduce the screening.

The screenings will take place on 29–30 January and tickets are available from IFI Box Office, 6 Eustace Street Temple Bar, by phoning (01) 679 3477 or online at at


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