Traditional Music and Song

july, 2022

thu28jul8:00 pmThe Sunflower Folk ClubBelfast Tradfest8:00 pm Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Falls Road, Belfast

Event Details

A special Belfast Tradfest edition of the Sunflower Folk Club will include contributions from the floor along with performances by two guests: Dàibhidh Stiùbhard and Miadhachlughain O’Donnell.

Dàibhidh Stiùbhard (pictured above) from Tullywiggan, near Cookstown in Co. Tyrone, His debut album, An Sionnach Dubh, was a collection of songs from the Ulster, Irish language and Scots Gàidhlig traditions as well as some original compositions. Though regarded as a traditional singer, he admits on the liner notes of that album: “I was not born into or brought up with the tradition. I came from a Church of Ireland background, yet traditional music did creep into my childhood. As I grew older, I slowly reclaimed the right to own my native culture and language… and yet at times, I feel like An Sionnach Dubh (The Black Fox). A strange little creature outside the norm, finding my way through the vast rich realm of songs native to these islands.”

In 2018, the Ulster University photography graduate won the senior singing title at the Ulster Fleadh. That year, too, he guested with acclaimed Scottish folk band, Malinky, on their twentieth anniversary album and, joined them on-stage at n Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2019.

Miadhachlughain O’Donnell is a young flute player and traditional singer from Castlewellan Co. Down. Growing up steeped in and surrounded by traditional music, it is no coincidence that she is blossoming into a consummate and charismatic performer. Her mother, Tiona McSherry, was the lead singer in the highly acclaimed 1990s band, Tamalin, and her uncle, John McSherry, is a master uilleann piper and has variously been a member of Dónal Lunny’s Coolfin, Lúnasa, At First Light, Ulaid and The Olllam.

Doors open from 7.30pm.

Tickets for the concert, each costing £10, are available from


(Thursday) 8:00 pm


Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

Falls Road, Belfast


Belfast Tradfest

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