Clare Youth Trad Orchestra Online Performance

The Clare Youth Trad Orchestra bring you three pieces of music created remotely and online by the 50 teenagers that form the orchestra, directed by renowned trad piano player Padraic O’Reilly.

The Clare Youth Trad Orchestra was formed in the Spring of 2017, to perform a one-off concert in the Shannon Aerodrome at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis.

Such was the reception from the 1400-strong audience on that night in August, it was agreed by all involved that it would be a pity for it not to continue, and thus the Clare Youth Trad Orchestra was born.

The orchestra have since performed four times in Glór in Ennis, to sell-out audiences. In their short life, they have performed with some of the greats of Irish music - Sharon Shannon, Joanie Madden, Kieran Hanrahan, Don Stiffe, Seamus Begley, Oisín MacDiarmada and Sean Keane, to name but a few.

The 50-strong membership comprises of teenagers from County Clare. They have released a CD entitled “Live in Glór” in aid of Crumlin Hospital, which was a best-seller in Clare in 2020. In recent times, their activity has been curtailed by restrictions, but they are delighted to have this opportunity to perform remotely and are very thankful to St. Patrick’s Festival 2021 for the opportunity to perform virtually to a world-wide audience.

It's a bumper year for Trad at St. Patrick's Festival 2021.

From emerging bands, to céilí groups and dancers, industry innovators and their established contemporaries, this year sees over 300 artists & filmmakers premier newly filmed performances, covering the breadth of Ireland and the scope of its talents.

A celebration of our most treasured performers, this programme commemorates the rich history of traditional music while looking forward to the future and recognising some of the industry's most innovative artists.

SPF TV audiences are invited to join the party, from intimate sessions to foot stomping céilí bands, this is an opportunity to delve deep into Ireland's wealth of traditional music.

Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival