Belfast TradFest

Jul 27 2019 - Aug 02 2019
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Various locations across Belfast, see programme for full details, Belfast, County Antrim,
T: 07856 742 811

Belfast to be transformed into a hub of traditional music, gigs and workshops for one week in 2019.

Traditional music fans are in for a treat as Belfast’s TradFest returns for its third incarnation this summer across all four corners of the city.

The festival will be the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and brings together both the Irish and the Ulster-Scots musical traditions, in a shared celebration of culture and heritage.

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 & Conor Connolly alongside Niamh Dunne & Eamon Murray of Beoga (who recently co-wrote Ed Sheeran's massive hit 'Galway Girl'), Kevin Crawford of Lúnasa, Ulster Lambeg & Fife legend Willie Drennan, John Joe Kelly of Flook, Oisín MacDiarmada of Téada & Ríoghnach Connolly of the Afro Celt Sound System, amongst many others.

After two hugely successful years, Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music is re-branding as Belfast TradFest and will incorporate the summer school into its packed programme of events this year. In addition, this year Belfast TradFest will hold a very special opening concert on Saturday 27th July when three of the hottest acoustic acts in the Trad scene play Belfast for one night only.

In what will surely kick the festival off in style, Lúnasa, Ulaid & 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.

A full program of events and further details can be found via, or connect with TradFest on Facebook and Twitter @BelfastTradF, using the hashtag, #BelfastTradF.