Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music




'With Fife & Drum'

'With Fife & Drum'


Tonight we explore the repertoires of Scotland and Ireland through

Bagpiping, Drumming, Uilleann Piping, Flute, Tin Whistle & Bodhrán

Featuring some of the world's finest musicians;

Date: Thursday 2nd August

Doors: 8pm

Location: East Side Visitor Centre

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing bagpipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member – Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Charlie Mckerron, India Alba and with Jarlath Henderson.

Uilleann piper Conor Lamb is a founding member of several traditional groups including Réalta, Madagán and Music in The Glen. He has performed music onstage at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and his piping has featured on a Hollywood film soundtrack. Conor has given piping and whistle workshops across Europe including at the Belfast Summer School, Brittany Winter School, Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Babieca Folk Festival, Spain.

Steven McWhirter is now considered the world’s finest solo snare drummer having claimed his eighth adult title in 2017 after previous wins in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is a member of the Inveraray & District Pipe Band who have risen to become one of the world’s most prominent pipe bands winning the World Pipe Band Championships and Champion of Champions title in 2017. Steven is in demand all over the world as a tutor and a performer.

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 musical family and began playing at an early age winning many awards and competitions. 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 album 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.

Harry Bradley was born in South Belfast. The vibrant recording heritage from the 1920s and 30s has had a huge influence on his flute-playing style as has the playing of musicians such as Seamus Tansey, Desi Wilkinson and piper Seamus Ennis, to name but a few. Noted for his unique tone and driving rhythm, Harry has come to be recognized as one of the most distinctive flute players in Ireland today. He has toured internationally and recorded both as a soloist and with groups such as Cran and Altan. In 2014 he was the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year Award.

Siobhán O’Donnell being from Sligo was infuenced heavily by the energetic and bouncing rhythm found in Sligo music, reflecting this on her mastery and knowledge of tunes in her playing. Siobhán’s love for singing in English and Irish and lilting has been passed on in her family for generations, hailing from a well known traditional singing background. Siobhán has won multiple All-Ireland titles in bodhrán, singing and lilting. Siobhán is a member of the highly acclaimed “The Border Collies”, along with her father Colm.

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