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


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Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music

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. There is a maximum of 15 students per class.


Tin Whistle with Mary Bergin & Kieran Brady

Tin Whistle with Mary Bergin & Kieran Brady


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 Kieran Brady 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’.

Kieran Brady

Kieran Brady a native of Belfast, started playing music at a young age. A multi-instrumentalsit, Kieran has travelled the world from Belfast to Inner-Mongolia, via The White House, North America, Canada, Europe, Russia, The Middle East, Australasia and back again, playing, performing, busking and recording with various bands, artists and touring theatre/dance shows. Having Performed and experimented with a variety of musical genres from Persian drumming ensembles to European Free Jazz musicians, Orchestras and Native Circus’ to world famous Rock artists, his heart and soul have always been tied to his traditional Irish musical roots. 

Kieran has been teaching music and tutoring privately on a variety of instruments for many years. He has taught at the Glengormley School of Traditional Music, the Andersonstown Traditional and Contemporary Music School and the Brady Music Academy. He has organised traditional groups and delivered Music workshops in several primary and secondary schools across the North of Ireland, as well as in many Community Centres and Youth Clubs. Kieran, with the help of others, has most recently set up an Irish language music and dance school, Cumann Ceoil na Fuiseoige, based in Ionad na Fuiseoige, where he currently works as an Irish Language Development Officer/Community Worker in Twinbrook, Belfast.