Not one, but three fabulous acts will host the festivities on the Main Stage at Festival Quarter Nights at Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks in Dublin 7.
Let your hair down with The Shandrum Ceilí Band, The Bonny Men and Jiggy. Get into the festival mood before taking a break to feast on some of the finest contemporary and diverse Irish cooking from the cream of Ireland’s food truck community in the fabulous Festival Food Quarter. What a way to get this party started!
In September 2018 Jiggy took the internet by storm with their video ‘Silent Place' celebrating the global togetherness of dance and to date it has clocked up more than 35 million views online. This introduced the band to a brand new audience worldwide and their debut album ‘Translate’ went to number 1 in the world music charts in Ireland, United States, Canada, France, Australia, Poland & UK making them a big hit with festival audiences across the globe.
Jiggy followed 'Translate' by releasing' Hypernova’. In 2020, they continued exploring the tradition of their musical ancestors while bringing a whole new exotic flavour to the table. 'Hypernova' also reached number 1 in the world music charts.
Jiggy are currently working on their third album which will be released in June 2022.
The Bonny Men
Celebrating a decade of music together, The Bonny Men will take the stage for St Patrick’s Festival 2022 to deliver a pulsating and high-octane to celebrate the return to live music!
"Legendary musician Steve Cooney has described The Bonny Men’s music as “daring and unstoppable” and this will certainly be the case for their live performance on March 17th.
This seven-piece have musical credentials admired by many, with a long list of awards including young musician of the year, and twice World Bodhrán Champion. The distinguished sound of the band brings a contemporary flair to the heart and core of traditional Irish music and has seen their following swell in their ten years playing together. With newly crafted arrangements, intriguing sounds and a delivery that is never shy of character or personality, this St. Patrick’s Day gig will be guaranteed to be a musical experience from start to finish!
Since forming in 2011, The Bonny Men quickly and deservedly became one of the most talked about and exciting acts to emerge in the flourishing Traditional Music / Folk Scene in Ireland. With three critically acclaimed studio albus in 10 years, The Bonny Men have been taking their collective musical experience and have shaped a sound that delivers Irish Music with a new and vibrant sound, all underpinned with the unique driving arrangements they have become known for. Comprising seven individuals, each masters of their own instrument, titles and awards have been increasing for the band in recent times, with nominations for the Best Folk Band and Best Folk Track for the prestigious RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards.
The Bonny Men generate a powerful sound that encapsulates the very soul of traditional music which is never shy of personality. Every Bonny Men gig is a musical experience from start to finish.
“Pioneering Trad Progression" **** - The Irish Times
“These are shock and awe tactics - The Bonny Men command their audience’s absolute attention” - Irish Examiner
“The Bonny Men captures the raw energy and life with which these young musicians play music” - entertainment.ie
“While others look to subvert convention, this seven-piece’s mastery is in their playing” - Sunday Times
“A reputation for electric live performances” - Hot Press
The Shandrum Ceilí Band
The journey began in 2015 in the Knocknaree Arena in Sligo where the Shandrum Céilí Band performed before a full house for the prestigious All Ireland Senior Céilí Band Competition and was crowned All-Ireland Champions, a feat achieved only by the rare few in their debut year. The Shandrum became only the third Céilí Band from Cork in the history of the competition to win the title. To celebrate the band were whisked to the Riverside Hotel in Sligo to perform for the live television broadcast “Fleadh TV” airing on TG4. This was followed by a performance on the Fleadh Gig Rig for the official closing of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015 and a homecoming in Charleville, Co. Cork. Later in the month of September, the band were honoured to receive a presentation from the Mayor of Cork in Cork City Hall.
In March 2016 the band performed a concert at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of the official St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. In April 2016, They performed at Dublin Castle for the Official State Commemoration of the 1916 rising. 2016 also saw Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireannn move to Ennis, where The Shandrum tasted victory for a second time. This same year the band embarked on a new project, the recording of their debut album “The Dawn”. “The Dawn” was launched on Saturday 6th of May 2017.
It has been more than a privilege for the band to record this album of local tunes. Especially those, which would have made up the repertoire of many of our ancestors. The tunes featured are staples of the repertoire of the old Shandrum Céilí Band, continuing the link between past and present thus; ensuring these wonderful and brilliant tunes are reintroduced and retained not only in the local repertoire but musical repertoires country and even worldwide. We hope you enjoy listening and dancing to these tunes as much as we enjoy playing them!"