Anyone for a song .... Pass the Bucket!

TradFest Dungarvan offers many and varied forms of entertainment over the Bank Hoiliday Weekend, but perhaps none as alarming and intriguing as the Bucket Singing competition!

Déise people of course will be very familiar with the fine art of Bucket singing – having experienced it’s very unique attraction at Féile na nDéise over the years.

The unusual art of Bucket Singing was launched at an early Féile na nDéise, when organisers of the Dungarvan festival were left wondering how to fill a Bank Holiday Monday programme. A member of local Comeraghs Comhaltas remembered a night of fun in the Culturlann when she and a well-known Musician and Radio presenter, each trying to outdo the other, came up with the notion of singing a song wearing a tin pail.  The idea of asking people to compete in a singing competition whilst wearing a bucket on their heads was, for the Féile organisers, the perfect  - if somewhat unusual - solution to their predicament. 

Thus, Bucket Singing was introduced to the Déise, and  over the years it became a much-loved feature of the annual Féile, attracting a huge, (and some might say, peculiar!) following. It has enjoyed an even greater resurgence in recent years following rumours that Jedward were keen to include the art in their bid for  Eurovision glory – that is, until their hairdresser firmly quashed that plan!

Dungarvan TradFest continues this unique Déise entertainment with several heats of the Bucket Singing competition taking place in various establishments on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The competition grand final and crowning of the 2013 All-Ireland Bucket Singing Champion will take place in Downey’s Bar on Main Street at 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

Bucket Singing

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Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

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Craobh na gComarach

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