Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music
31st July - 4th August 2017

Classes

Enrol & Book

MUSIC MASTERCLASSES

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.

  • Classes take place Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm at 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 of evening concerts and the Trad Trail.

Traditional Singing with Rioghnach Connolly and Maurice Leyden

Traditional Singing with Rioghnach Connolly and Maurice Leyden

95.00

Classes take place Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm at Ulster University Belfast Campus.

No experience required.

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

Book Now

Monday - Wednesday

Ríoghnach Connolly is an Armagh born singer and flautist strongly rooted in her trad Sean-nós background, she also stirs elements of Appalachia, Blues and Jazz into the folk archive cooking pot. Based in Manchester she has many musical projects: HoneyFeet, The Breath, Afro Celt Sound system, Beware Soul Brother, Owl Dolls, Dum Dá, Alabaster dePlume, Liz green, Moulettes, Frameworks, YesKing, Billy Buckley, Steam Packet Ceilí Band & her own 'Black Lung' project. “Connolly is a free spirit and strikingly self-assured…” according to Mike Butler of CityLife; “seldom has conspicuous greatness been more accessible.”

Thursday and Friday

Maurice Leyden is a folk-song collector, singer, broadcaster and writer with a passion for Ulster folk-song. Originally from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, his first book ‘Belfast, City of Song’ (Brandon) explores the city’s urban song tradition.  His research for the Belfast book revealed a wealth of children’s songs and street lore and Maurice’s second book ‘Boys and Girls Come out to Play’ (Appletree) presents a rich collection children’s singing games. Maurice has completed a third book on the social history of the Ulster linen industry using the songs of the workers to tell their story.  It is currently with a publisher.
Maurice is much in demand as a ‘singing’ lecturer and authority on local folk-song and contributed to ‘The Companion to Irish Traditional Music’ Editor Fintan Vallely (Cork University Press) and ‘Irish People Irish Linen’ by Kathleen Curtis Wilson (Ohio University Press). 
In December 2016, he released his first solo CD of Ulster folksongs: The Tern and the Swallow.
'No matter whether he is singing a happy or sad song you feel brightened by the voice of Maurice Leyden' – Marianne McAleer Musical Traditions.