Tuesday February 18, 2020

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
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....

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera, was not well received by contemporary audiences, but it has come to be regarded as a core masterpiece

Dick O'Riordan | 2 days ago

The rapper’s debut LP Stride was widely praised for its lustrous hooks, encompassing smooth R&B tinges, deft vocal flows and a hint of gospel. But after securing his Irish fan base, the Dublin-based artist nominated for an RTÉ Choice Music Prize is now setting his sights overseas

Andrea Cleary | 2 days ago

Nada surf show no signs of slowing down with a catchy album that will defy your inner cynic

John Walshe | 2 days ago