This woman’s work: why the future of Irish trad is female

A new generation of women singers and performers is revolutionising Irish traditional music – and several of them hail from great Irish musical families

12th January, 2020
This woman’s work: why the future of Irish trad is female
Michelle Mulcahy, Aoife Scott, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Saoirse Casey & Louise Mulcahy will perform as part of Tradfest. Picture: Fergal Phillips

When you think of trad, the Dubliners, Christy Moore, the Clancy Brothers and maybe Sharon Shannon might come to mind. Traditional music might live in the same mental folder as woolly jumpers, craggy shores and creamy pints of Guinness in old-man pubs. A new generation of female artists paints a different picture. The Magazine spoke to four Irish trad and folk artists continuing their family dynasty in the current exciting growth period trad is in....

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