This Belfast Tradfest concert focuses on the flute and tin whistle with some of the country’s finest traditional players. Born into a very musical family, Mary Bergin (pictured above) began
This Belfast Tradfest concert focuses on the flute and tin whistle with some of the country’s finest traditional players.
Born into a very musical family, Mary Bergin (pictured above) began playing at an early age winning many awards in Oireachtas and Fleadh Ceoil competitions, including the All-Ireland Championships at both junior and senior level. Mary is widely regarded as one of the best whistle players in Ireland.
Harry Bradley’s distinctive rhythmic playing style is influenced by early recordings of Irish music and by the great flute players of counties Galway, Sligo and Leitrim. In 2014 he received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil for Musician of the Year.
Tara Bingham comes from Co. Down and learned her early music from her father Leslie Bingham, also a flute player. Tara was influenced by musicians such as Paddy Tyrell from Dundalk, Cathal McConnell and Tom McHale who visited the Bingham house and would record tunes on tape for her to learn.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and visual artist, Barry Kerr is steeped in the traditions of this island, Originating from the southern shores of Lough Neagh in Co. Armagh, Barry is now based in Connemara, Co. Galway.
Maria Rafferty has long been a stalwart of the Belfast flute community. Having studied with the McPeake School of Music, and having had the opportunity to spend many years in the company of well-known and respected musicians from the locality, Maria has a wonderful repertoire and style which she passes on to the many students she teaches in the greater Belfast area and beyond.
Brendan Kerr was introduced to traditional Irish music through Irish dancing from a very young age, competing up to world championship level until he was 18. Through dance, he discovered traditional music and wanted to learn the tunes to which he had spent years dancing to.
Virtuoso bodhran player, Tommy Hayes has been at the forefront of traditional Irish music for over 40 years.
Doors open from 6.00pm.
Tickets for the concert, each costing £15, are available from https://www.belfasttraditionalmusic.com/concerts2022/concert-flutopia.
(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Deer's Head
Lower Garfield Street, Belfast