Shortt takes plunge for trad music festival

TOP comedian Pat Shortt jumped in the river next to his pub yesterday to promote his own traditional music festival.

John Spillane, Stockton’s Wing, and Frankie Gavin and the new De Dannan are among the headline acts who will perform at the first Kiltha River Trad Festival which will be held in Pat Shortt’s bar in Castlemartyr, east Cork, over the August bank holiday weekend.

A marquee will be erected outside the riverside pub to host the festival. The event, which runs from Thursday, July 29, to Sunday, August 1, is supported by Guinness and sponsored by Castlemartyr Resort, GHQ Design, Ticketmaster, John and Geraldine McGrath and Host PR.

As well as being an actor, producer and comedian, Pat, who along with his brother, Chris, bought the pub in 2006, is an accomplished musician with a particular love for traditional music.

He has played, toured and recorded with many bands, including the Saw Doctors, and said he loves nothing better than a good session.

Two-time Meteor award winner John Spillane will open the festival on the Thursday night.

Tickets, priced €18, are available through all Ticketmaster outlets and directly from Pat Shortt’s Bar.

Legendary Ennis-based Stockton’s Wing will perform on the Friday night, with tickets priced at €20.

On Saturday, Frankie Gavin and the new De Dannan will hit the stage. “This will be the first time the new De Dannan line-up will perform in the region and we are already looking forward to it,” Gavin said.

“I know that Pat Shortt has gone to great lengths to ensure that the entertainment and facilities for the festival-goer will be top calibre and you can be assured that when we get to the stage we will raise the ‘bar’ as high as we possibly can.” Tickets for the gig will cost €20.

The Abbey Céilí Band will perform on the Sunday. The band, Ger Murphy (box), Micheal Creedon (keyboard), Liam Forde (banjo) and Andrew O’Connell (fiddle) started in 1995 and now perform all over Ireland.

Tickets for their gig are priced at €10.

Pat hinted that he may even pick up an instrument himself and join in at some stage over the weekend.

He has toured the US with the brass section of The Saw Doctors and in 2006 he scored a No 1 hit in Ireland with the song The Jumbo Breakfast Roll under the guise of Showband singer Dicksie Walsh.

The song was a number one hit for six weeks with sales going four times platinum.

* Kiltha Trad Fest tickets from www.ticketmaster.ie or from Pat Shortt’s Bar, 021-462 3230.

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