Live music in Belfast
But it’s not all about chart toppers – Belfast’s musical roots run deep, with a history of outstanding traditional music and unique native instruments. Pipe bands make a rousing accompaniment for fiddles and flutes at any session – trad music isn’t just alive here, it thrives!
The best way to see this city’s passion for music is to follow local musicians on the Traditional Music Trail tour around Belfast. Starting in the Dirty Onion Bar in the Cathedral Quarter, you’ll embark on a musical journey around Belfast, learning the history of Belfast’s trad scene, as well as songs and stories about the city. As you wander through the streets, peer through the doors of any pub, and you’re almost certain to find a pumping trad session to get you dancing!
Or make your way to Cultúrlann, a hub for the arts and Irish language in West Belfast – trad and contemporary music blend with poetry readings and céilís to create a tableau of Belfast’s rich cultural tapestry.