This year will see the Belfast TradFest – Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 3rd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors
This year will see the Belfast TradFest – Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 3rd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors from all sections of the Traditional Music Communities.
The Summer School will showcase their talents in the City of Belfast through a programme of classes, talks, lectures, performances and concerts with some of the biggest names in the world of Traditional Music having been secured for this Summer School.
The School is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and brings together both the Ulster-Scots and Irish musical traditions in a shared celebration of both heritages.
The School is breaking new ground with the Ulster-Scots community. Pipers, drummers and fifers will have a chance to learn and perform without having to travel to the Republic of Ireland, Scotland or further afield for access to world-class tutors.
Over five days, hundreds of budding traditional musicians, of all ages, will get the chance to learn from traditional music royalty at the University of Ulster in York Street, in a series of Masterclasses.
These will be held commencing on Monday 29th July through to Friday 2nd August. They will start each day at 10am and finish at 1pm at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus on York Street.
The tutors for these will be for Whistle and Sing: Niamh McCallan & Siobhan Murtagh and Pearse McMahon; Harp: Michelle Mulcahy; Button Accordion: Conor Connolly; Drumming & Percussion: Gareth McLees; The Fife, Rope-drums and Lambeg: Willie Drennan; Bagpiping & Small Pipes: Finlay McDonald; Fiddle: John Carty, Liz Kane, Oisin MacDiarmada, Niamh Dunne, Yvonne Kane, Teresa Clarke; Tin-Whistle: Mary Bergin & Kieran Brady; Concertina: Edel Fox; Bodhrán: John Joe Kelly & Eamon Murray; Flute: Harry Bradley & Kevin Crawford; Tenor Banjo: Brian McGrath; Uilleann Pipes: Jarlath Henderson; Ulster Songs Traditional Singing: Jane Cassidy, Maurice Leyden & Ríoghnach Connolly; Guitar Accompaniment: Seamie O’Dowd; Set Dancing: Ronán Eastwood.
As well as masterclasses, there are plenty of other ways to get involved including lectures, talks, workshops, performances, demonstrations, recitals, sessions and showcase concerts. These will take place at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, West Belfast, The Duncairn Centre, North Belfast and The Lyric Theatre in the Queen’s Quarter, with the heart of the School located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.
The Summer School of Traditional Music is open to everyone, so please visit belfasttraditionalmusic.com for the latest details of the classes and events. But more importantly, to register for classes. You can also follow Belfast TradFest on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
July 27 (Saturday) 9:00 am - August 2 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Ulster University, York St., Belfast and various other Venues