Bucket Singing – weird but wonderful part of the trad scene

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Bucket Singing - weird but wonderful part of the trad scene

The Irish love a good sing song, and now even if you’re a bit shy there is a way for you to join in the fun – bucket singing.
Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, you stand there with a bucket in your head and sing.
Bucket Singing - weird but wonderful part of the trad scene
The unusual practice can be found during the annual Tradfest that takes place in Dungarvon.
It was originally proposed as an idea by two musicians who were trying to find a way of putting in a show on Bank Holiday Mondays, after most of the festival’s budget had been spent over the weekend.
It is now a permanent fixture at the Tradfest, and offers the perfect shield for those who wish to sing, but are a bit shy to get up on stage on their own.
Dungarvon Tradfest is full of talented musicians, singers and songwriters from across the country and beyond.
Bucket Singing is one of its more unorthodox traditions, but it is proving popular with the locals and visitors in recent years and is showing no signs of fading away.
Take a look at the video below, and see a Bucket Singing performance in full.

Written by Andrew Moore