BANJO (TENOR) AND MANDOLIN
Aiden Walsh, originally from Tubercurry in Co. Sligo, is by now a long-time resident of Belfast. He is well known for his distinct, driving style and is much sought after as a teacher and performer.
Gavin has been teaching the bodhrán with BelfastTrad for over 25 years. He is a patient and encouraging teacher.
Edel Ní Churraoin
Edel is from Connemara and grew up surrounded in the tradition. She has made Belfast her home and she is involved in many aspects of Irish music and works with Radió Failte. She is a lovely player and a nice dancer as well!
Tom has been associated with the society since its inception and continues to teach all abilities on the concertina with us.
Lorraine Glenn (ní Bhrian)
Steeped in the concertina tradition of her native Co. Clare, Lorraine began her musical education under the guidance of the legendary teacher, Frank Custy. With further tuition from such greats as Dympna O’Sullivan and Noel Hill, Lorraine has developed into one of the leading concertina players in her own right. She holds a B.A. Music from Trinity College, Dublin and M.A. Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. Lorraine is a regular tutor at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co.Clare.
Rachel will be covering for Lorraine for part of the term when Lorraine goes on maternity leave this autumn.
Rachel is from Fermanagh and her main instruments are the concertina and the tin whistle. She has won medals in the Ulster Fleadh, and came second in concertina in the All Ireland.She has attained Grade 8 in the concertina. She has performed and taught in Ireland, France and Spain.
Lower Intermediate and Advanced Levels
Martin has a long history of involvement in traditional music; as a fiddler, teacher, academic, author, and arts officer. He teaches annually at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare and has written and lectured extensively on aspects of the history of Irish traditional music.
Beginner and Upper Intermediate Levels
Kevin is a vastly experienced teacher and has been praised by our auditors for his progressive teaching methods, especially with beginner students. A long term tutor with Belfast Met, Kevin also teaches performance workshop courses at Queen's University and holds a Masters in Music Technology from the same institution. Kevin's creative work combines his experience of fiddle music - especially the styles of Donegal and Sliabh Luachra - with contemporary electronica and dub-step.
Kids Fiddle-Ages 7 and up
Melanie is originally from Inishowen, Co.Donegal and is a highly respected player and teacher. She is especially good with the little ones who want to get started on the fiddle.
Davy is one of the most significant flute players of his generation, known not only in Belfast, but on the European continent for his dynamic and powerful style. He has travelled regularly to Britanny and formed a strong playing partnership with the Breton flute player Jean Michelle Veillon. Davy is equally well-known for his humour and teaching ability and he is respected as one of Belfast's finest musical sons.
Clair is taking over from Jim Rainey who is on hiatus this term.
Hailing from Belfast, Clair McGreevy is a professional musician and member of local bands Wookalily and Madagán. She has been teaching guitar for almost twenty years in various schools around Ireland. As a seasoned International performer, her repertoire ranges from the 1940s to the present, in multiple genres including: Rock, Blues, Jazz as well as Traditional Irish.
As well being a graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor Degree of Music in 2012, Ciara holds an Associate Teaching Diploma with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She has extensive experience as a music tutor and first began teaching in 2007. She has been recently touring with Carlos Nunez.
Aoife will be sharing teaching responsibilities with Ciara this term for weeks when Ciara is on tour.
Aoife has her Grade 8 and performance diploma in harp as well as holding many Ulster Fleadh titles. She regularly plays in bars around Belfast and enjoys teaching any level of harp. She also plays professionally with her sisters.
Beginners & Improvers Levels
Tim is a dancer, accordion player and Tin whistler. From Belfast, he is known throughout the continent for his gentle good humour. Tim regularly teaches set dancing around Ireland and Europe and plays a key role in the delivery of dance tuition for Belfast Trad. He doubles as our beginners and improvers tin whistle tutor.
Fióna ní Mhearaín
Kids whistle classes and Upper Intemediate-Advanced level.
Fióna began learning whistle as a child with BelfastTrad tutor and flute player, Davy Maguire. She has a long relationship with BelfastTrad having been involved with the society as a student, a committee member and now as a tutor. She is a qualified teacher and over the years has taught in a wide range of settings. She loves to make difficult and challenging skills accessible for learners of all ages.
Beginner and Intermediate Level
Tom Clarke is well-known in piping circles. He has been teaching the pipes for many years now and is very skilled in explaining the intricacies of this ancient and beautiful instrument. While the pipes are not the easiest instrument to learn, their music has been an essential component of Irish music for over 300 years. unparalleled. Tom also organises the annual Belfast Piping Tíonol, held every March. In 2005 Tom was honoured to receive an award from Na Píobairí Uilleann in recognition and appreciation of over 30 years of dedicated teaching on the uilleann pipes.
SEAN NÓS/OLD STYLE STEP DANCE
SET DANCE AND IRISH SOCIAL DANCES
Sean nós / traditional step dancing classes
Bernie was born in Bangor, Co Down, and has been dancing with BelfastTrad for over 25 years. Starting with step dancing, she progressed to learn sean nós and old style steps from such great masters as Joe O'Donovan, James Keane, Dan Furey, Frank McConnell and many more. She has travelled extensively through Europe, Ireland, America and more performing and providing workshops in the old style of traditional Irish Dance.
Sean nós / traditional step dancing classes
Originally from Co. Tyrone, Berni has a family background in traditional Irish music and dance. She started dancing with BelfastTrad in 1995 and has learnt from many dancing legends including James Keane, Celine Tubridy, Patrick O’Dea and many others throughout Ireland and beyond. Berni has been involved in the teaching and performance of both set dancing and old-style step dancing in both Ireland and Europe and has been a tutor with BelfastTrad for several years.
Set Dancing, two-handed dances, waltzes, steps for sets. Bio under Tin Whistle.