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Traditional Music

Traditional music is as popular as ever in Northern Ireland and it's easy to join in the fun. In Belfast check out Maddens Bar, Kelly's Cellar or White's Tavern while McHugh's hold traditional sessions every Wednesday night or Saturday afternoon. In Derry~Londonderry, visit Peadar O'Donnell's for nightly music. The Dungloe Bar and Culturlann ui Chanain also offer regular sessions, please check listings.

The beautiful Glens of Antrim are famous for their traditional music and culture.  Download the Traditional Music, Dance and 'The Craic' in the Glens of Antrim leaflet.

There's a number of pubs and venues across Northern Ireland that play host to traditional music sessions every day and night! Contact your local Tourist Information Centre for listings in your region.

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Jenny Watts, Bangor

As Bangor's oldest and most revered public house, established in 1780, we are responsible for reinventing the art of conversation in a warm and entertaining environment.

Sunflower Public House, Belfast

Sunflower is a simple corner pub, it is free of gimmicks or themes, and it is one of the few remaining. It is instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980s Belfast. Music is very much part of the pub's life.

McCollams, Cushendall

This is a friendly, must visit, family pub/restaurant where tourists and locals gather in search of authentic Irish traditional music and singing! This is a 5th generation family business with character rooms, conservation order on bar and facade!

Kiwi's Brew Bar, Portrush

Something is most definitely brewing in Portrush. Beer is making a quiet and classy comeback.

Katy Dalys, Belfast

Katy's Bar is at the hub of Belfast's most exciting music venue. In 2012 along with the whole complex the always welcoming Katy's Bar enjoyed a simple, subtle refurb. This was followed by The Rock Garden, a brand new roof terrace.

Robinsons Bar, Belfast

Relax and enjoy a drink in the Saloon bar before tapping your feet in Fibber Magees - enjoy free folk and traditional music 7 nights a week. Enjoy a meal in the Bistro, Karaoke in the spotlight in BT1 or party in Roxy nightclub.

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