Belfast TradFest’s Masterclasses: A Celebration of Traditional Music

by Madonna

Belfast, Northern Ireland – On Friday, November 17, 2023, at 5:00 pm, Belfast TradFest, in association with the Sound of Belfast Festival, proudly presents a series of Masterclasses in Flute, Fiddle, Guitar, and Traditional Singing. This unique event will be hosted by accomplished artists Barry Kerr, Laura Kerr, Donogh Hennessy, and Méabh Meir, providing an extraordinary opportunity for enthusiasts of traditional Irish music.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, November 17, 2023


Time: 5:00 pm


Venue: The Oh Yeah Music Centre


Address: 15-21 Gordon St, Belfast BT1 2LG

Doors Open: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tickets: £15

The Masterclasses will focus on the ‘by ear’ method, emphasizing the development of oral/aural skills alongside instrumental competency and the expansion of core repertoire. Tailored for intermediate to advanced participants with a minimum of two years of instrumental experience, this workshop welcomes both adults and children over 10 years old.

Meet the Instructors:

1. Barry Kerr: Renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and painter, Barry Kerr’s creative journey has spanned the globe. With a rich history of collaborations and solo work, Kerr brings a wealth of experience to the Masterclass.

2. Laura Kerr: Hailing from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Laura Kerr is a highly regarded fiddle player known for her distinctive northern style. Her musical upbringing in a vibrant household and her extensive contributions to traditional Irish music make her a valuable instructor.

3. Donogh Hennessy: A guitarist, composer, and music producer, Hennessy’s notable work with artists such as Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, Lumiere, and Seamus Begley has established him as a prominent figure in the Irish traditional and folk music scene.

4. Méabh Meir: A traditional singer and member of the four-part harmony traditional vocal group Landless, Méabh Meir brings her expertise in Ulster songs and traditional singing. Her contributions to Belfast’s traditional music scene and beyond make her an influential figure in the world of Irish folk music.

This Masterclass series promises a unique and enriching experience for those passionate about traditional Irish music. With the diverse expertise of the instructors and the event’s focus on fostering musical skills, participants can look forward to an inspiring and educational evening.


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