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From 27 July to 2 August 2019, world-class musicians will descend on Belfast for seven days of concerts, sessions, ceilis, talks, workshops, and free events.
Descending upon the city, in a series of concerts, masterclasses, workshops, talks and sessions, will be a host of world renowned traditional musicians; including BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Jarlath Henderson, Scottish piping legend Finlay McDonald, six former winners of the prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards - Harry Bradley, Edel Fox, John Carty, Mary Bergin, Michelle Mulcahy and Conor Connolly alongside Niamh Dunne and Eamon Murray of Beoga who recently co-wrote Ed Sheeran's massive hit 'Galway Girl', Kevin Crawford of Lúnasa, Ulster Lambeg and fife legend Willie Drennan, John Joe Kelly of Flook, Oisín MacDiarmada of Téada and Ríoghnach Connolly of the Afro Celt Sound System, amongst many others.
This year Belfast TradFest will hold a very special opening concert on Saturday 27 July when three of the hottest acoustic acts on the planet play Belfast for one night only. In what will surely kick the festival off in style, Lúnasa, Ulaid and Ríoghnach Connolly will come together for what promises to be a spectacular night of traditional music and song in one of the most beautiful theatres in Ireland The Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
For five days hundreds of budding traditional musicians of all ages will get the chance to learn from traditional music royalty at the Ulster University, York Street, in a series of masterclasses across 18 instruments. In addition, the school will bring jigs and reels to all four corners of Belfast with concerts, demos and talks taking place at The Strand Arts Centre in East Belfast, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in West Belfast, The Duncairn Centre in North Belfast and An Droichead in South Belfast; with the heart of the summer school and a packed programme of free sessions and events located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Masterclasses in 17 different musical Instruments, traditional singing and set dancing
- Seven concerts featuring world-class musicians from Ireland, Scotland and further afield
- 36 afternoon events including talks, walks, lectures, demonstrations
- 28 free traditional music sessions in venues all over Belfast
- A one of a kind festival showcasing Irish and Ulster-Scots musical traditions