Belfast TradFest is back for Summer 2023!
The Belfast TradFest Summer School of Traditional Music, taking place from Monday 24th – Friday 28th July, is the hub around which the festival is built. Young and old musicians come to Belfast to learn from the very best in the business, for a 5-day long programme of summer school events.
This year’s festival welcomes Trans-Atlantic supergroup and RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Group of the year The Olllam, for what will be their biggest Irish show to date, in the newly refurbished Mandela Hall.
Taking to the stage throughout the week is Former Dé Dannan accordion wizard Máirtín O’Connor with fiddle legend Cathal Hayden and Sligo’s chanteur extraordinaire Seamie O’Dowd, 4-part female vocal harmony group Landless featuring Belfast’s own Meabh Meir and traditional music legends Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle, and John McCusker. Much loved local trio Music in the Glen featuring astounding flute playing of Brendan Mulholland and exciting young singer and composer Róis will get the festival started!
Annual concert favourites including the Fiddle Concert in association with the Seán Maguire Music Society, Fife & Drum, Belfast TradFest Harp Festival will return featuring the best of traditional musicians in addition to “Na Máistrí / Masters Of Traditional Music” in association with An Droichead.
Also, make sure you keep an eye out for Belfast TradFest Session Trail running across a wide range of venues.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Some events are free
- Learn how to play different musical instruments
- Different dates and times to suit everyone
- World-class musicians