Irish Film Institute -Trad Fest 2012 at the IFI

Trad Fest 2012 at the IFI

IFI Press Release

Rarely seen traditional music films to be screened at the IFI as part of Trad Fest 2012

In celebration of Trad Fest 2012 the IFI presents two remarkable programmes of films about traditional Irish music. It’s the perfect way to unwind between festival gigs and delve into some of the history of Irish traditional music.

First off there’s The Dubliners in the Rare Oul Times, a programme of rarely-seen films about The Dubliners. Seven Drunken Nights, is a pop-video made by renowned music documentarian Peter Whitehead for BBC’s Top of the Pops in 1967. The Dubliners’ Dublin is an affectionate tour of Dublin hosted by Ronnie Drew and liberally under-scored by Dubliners’ music. The film, produced by Riverdance’s John McColgan and former IFCO Director John Kelleher was made as part of Dublin’s millennium celebrations in 1988 and provides a snapshot of a familiar but much-changed city.

The second programme features La Rêve Celtique (The Celtic Dream) from 1978 and Bodhrán from 1974. La Rêve Celtique is a fascinating French look at Irish traditional musicians in ethereal Irish landscapes and in O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin. Frederick Rossif’s film, produced by Tom Hayes, features performances from the Mummers of Lady’s Island, The Choir of Cúil Aodha, Junior Crehen, Máire Ni Ceilleachair, Nicholas Toibin and Peter Flaherty. Bodhrán, directed by Tom Hayes with support from Roinn na Gaeltachta explores the history and popularity of the bodhrán in various locations around Ireland.

Programme 1: The Dubliners in the Rare Oul Times          Jan 28th 12 noon

Programme 2: La Rêve Celtique (The Celtic Dream) and Bodhrán Jan 29th 12 noon

Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at

Temple Bar Trad Fest runs from 25th-29th January and full details are available on

For images and more information please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office ( , 01 679 5744)

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.


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