Belfast Trad Fest - Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music
27th July - 2nd August 2019


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Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August 2019, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Ulster University Belfast Campus on York Street.

Classes are designed for intermediate to advanced (minimum 2 years instrument experience) adults and children over 6 years of age with exception of the Traditional Singing Classes, Fiddle Classes and unless specifically titled a 'Beginners Class'. See individual classes for full details.

Fee includes admission to all programme events with exception to the evening concerts.

There is a maximum of 15 students per class.

The team of international tutors is made up of master performers with proven track records as teachers and educationalists. The primary means of teaching and learning is ‘by ear’ with an emphasis in the less experienced classes of assisting pupils to develop oral/aural skills in addition to instrumental competency and developing core repertoire.

 FAMILY DISCOUNT - 10% AVAILABLE (For families of 2+)

Tin Whistle with Mary Bergin

Tin Whistle with Mary Bergin


Classes take place Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm at Ulster University Belfast Campus.

This class is designed for Intermediate to Advanced adults and children over 6 years of age with a minimum of 2 years playing experience.

We do offer a beginners whistle option in the Whistle & Sing for Children Aged 5+

Fee includes admission to all programme events with exception of evening concerts. 

The Classes will be graded on the first morning, with AN other teaching intermediates & Mary Bergin teaching advanced.

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Mary Bergin – ‘Just about the best Tin Whistle player this century’ is how the Irish Times referred to Mary in a recent interview. She was born into a very musical family and began playing at an early age winning many awards in Oireachtas and Fleadh Ceoil competitions, including the All-Ireland Championships at Junior and Senior level.

Mary’s first solo album ‘Feadóga Stáin’ brought out in 1979, holds its place as a classic in latter- day traditional music. Her second solo one in 1992 was referred to as having Biblical status with fans of Celtic music.

She has toured extensively in Europe, America and in Australia playing in concerts and festivals, and giving workshops and seminars. She has also given masterclasses in many Universities around the world.

In 1990, Mary, together with musicians Kathleen Loughnane and Dearbhaill Standun, formed the group ‘Dordan’ whose particular and distinctive mix of traditional Irish and European baroque music has achieved wide acclaim, receiving the National Entertainment Award for traditional music in 1993. Dordan have recorded four CDs.

In 2000, Mary herself won the prestigious ‘Traditional Musician of the Year’ Award.

Mary Bergin’s playing is a ‘dazzling combination of technique and passion’.


Patrick Davey 

Patrick Davey is from Belfast, and is a respected performer, teacher and composer of traditional Irish music. He is a Senior All-Ireland uilleann pipes champion and is the Senior Examiner for the Irish traditional music examinations of The London College of Music. Along with his wife Bronagh, Patrick runs his own school of traditional music in West Belfast, Davey Music, which is producing a new generation of young traditional Irish musicians. Patrick has been composing traditional Irish music for many years and his compositions have been performed and recorded by many musicians. Patrick is also has a background in classical music and holds a BMus degree as well as an MA in Baroque Performance. 

In 2003 Patrick composed Aifreann Feirste, the first Irish language Mass setting from Belfast, which has been performed live on RTÉ television. Patrick has recently published the first two volumes of his collection of original traditional Irish music 'Tunes of Note' and he regularly produces collections of music for students and other tutors. Patrick is a member of the folk group 'Beyond the Pale' and is a founder member of 'The Blackstaff Céilí Band'. He has performed and recorded with many well-known musicians over the years, including Craobh Rua, The Belfast Harp Orchestra and The Irish Rovers.  

Patrick is the Musical Director of the West Belfast branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Loch Lao, where he prepares young musicians for public performances, competitions and many other events throughout the year. He also teaches traditional music in a number of local schools in Belfast, and is very much in demand as a performer, tutor, composer and adjudicator of traditional music.