Date: Friday 15 March to Sunday 17 March
Venue: Belfast city centre
Category: Festival, Music, St Patrick's
Belfast TradFest will be delivering St Patrick's Music Weekend as part of our overall St Patrick’s Celebrations from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March.
Enjoy a programme of traditional arts encompassing a diverse, cross cultural and cross traditions celebration in honour of St Patrick, who is now widely accepted as a common Christian saint. St Patrick is believed to have crossed the ford at the Farset river and made his way through what is now the Cathedral Quarter to establish the ‘Church of St Patrick of the White Ford’, which later became known as ‘The Old Church’ or Shankill.
The range of free and ticketed events celebrate the very best of our traditional arts and include concerts, céilís, displays, taster sessions and workshops.
On Sunday 17 March a Festival Village in Cathedral Quarter will feature:
- live performances from
- Clare Sands
- John Spillane
- Pure Blarney
- Drumlough Pipe Band
- Glengormley School of Traditional Music
- Highland dancers
- Irish dancing
- interactive activities including Bodhrán Circle
- various food stalls.
There will be music and dancing on the acoustic stage in Saint Anne's Square and a céilí in The MAC.
St Patrick's Music Weekend
For event details, including information on the following ticketed concerts, go to Belfast TradFest St Patrick's Music Weekend (link opens in new window).
- Friday 15 March - Anúna in Belfast Cathedral.
- Saturday 16 March - Frankie Gavin and Dé Dannan, and Karen Matheson in Ulster Hall.
- Sunday 17 March - Stockton's Wing, and John Spillane in The MAC.
Date and time Event Venue Price and booking 15 March, 10am to 2pm Belfast Schools' Traditional Music Competition with Glengormley School of Traditional Music 2 Royal Avenue Free. No booking needed. 15 March, 7pm Concert: Anúna and guests. A vocal ensemble formed in Ireland in 1987 by Irish composer Michael McGlynn Belfast Cathedral £22.50 at belfasttradfest.com (link opens in new window) 16 March, 11am to 1pm Céilí Dancing workshop with Ronán Eastwood 2 Royal Avenue Free. No booking needed. 16 March, 12 noon to 2pm Outdoor Pipe Band Extravaganza featuring and celebrating pipe bands of the calibre of Drumlough Pipe Band and many more. 12 noon to 1pm – Cathedral Gardens 1pm to 2pm – 2 Royal Avenue outdoors Free. No booking needed. 16 March, 2pm to 3pm Snare Drum and Bagpipe Taster Sessions 2 Royal Avenue Free. No booking needed. 16 March, 2pm and 3.45pm Kiddy Céilí in association with Belfast Children’s Festival Belfast Cathedral £12 for 1 adult and 1 child (additional tickets £6) from youngatart.ticketsolve.com (link opens in new window) 16 March, 7.30pm Gala Concert with Frankie Gavin and Dé Dannan and special guests Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw Ulster Hall £29.50 from ulsterhall.co.uk (link opens in new window) 16 March, 8pm Album Launch - 'Say Old Man' with Alfi. A combination of traditional Irish and Appalachian old-time music and song. Sunflower Public House £12 from eventbrite.ie (link opens in new window) 17 March, 9am, 11am and 6pm (by candlelight) St Patrick’s Festival Mass with music - including viewing and blessing with St Patrick’s Arm Shrine relic. St Patrick’s Parish Church Free. No booking needed. 17 March, 11am Festival Choral Eucharistic Service including major musical works by Irish Composers Belfast Cathedral Free. No booking needed. 17 March, 12 noon to 2pm Songwriting workshop with acclaimed singer songwriter John Spillane The MAC £15 from belfasttradfest.com (link opens in new window) 17 March, 1pm to 3pm St Patrick’s Pilgrimage with Minister Kiran Young Wimberly. Open to all faiths and none 1pm from The Big Fish, finishing at 3pm. St Matthew’s Church, Shankill £20 from belfasttradfest.com (link opens in new window) 17 March, 1pm to 4pm St Patrick’s Day Céilí - family friendly Céilí with Ronán Eastwood and The Glengormley Céilí Band The MAC Free. No booking needed. 17 March, 1pm to 4pm Acoustic Stage - Compere Jack Warnock presents a varied programme of music and dance Saint Anne's Square Free. No booking needed. 17 March, 2pm to 5pm Festival Village at Cathedral Quarter: an afternoon of music, dance and food hosted by Declan Wilson Cathedral Gardens Free. No booking needed. 17 March, 8pm Finale concert featuring the legendary Stockton’s Wing and John Spillane The MAC £19.50 from themaclive.com (link opens in new window)
Map of St Patrick's Day Music Weekend
Map and description
This map shows roughly where music and dance performances, music workshops, facepainting, musical religious services and walking tours will take place over the St Patrick’s Music Weekend from 15 to 17 March. There is a music symbol at Ulster Hall (Bedford Street), music, dance and workshop symbols at 2 Royal Avenue, a music symbol at Sunflower Public House in Union Street and a symbol at St Patrick’s Church in Donegall Street to depict musical religious services. The Big Fish ay Donegall Quay shows a symbol for the St Patrick’s Pilgrimage walking tour. The map also zooms in to show the activities and key locations in the Festival Village at Cathedral Quarter in Cathedral Gardens. This includes music and dance, food stalls, facepainting and music workshops in Cathedral Gardens. It also includes music and dance plus musical workshops at The MAC as well as music and dance at St Anne’s Square – both situated behind Belfast Cathedral. The other venue highlighted in the Festival Village is Belfast Cathedral building itself (off Donegall Street) with symbols to highlight that music, dance and musical religious services will take place at that venue.