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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.

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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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.

Pavilion Bar, Ormeau, Belfast

Established in 1899, The Pavilion or "The Big House" draws its clientele from all over the city and beyond, and is a must for all who wish to experience a traditional Belfast pub with three floors, three bars, in one Big House with five-star food.

Crosskeys Inn, Toomebridge, Antrim

The Crosskeys Inn C.1654 is the oldest thatched pub in Ireland. The Crosskeys Inn is also one of Ireland's most famous Irish Traditional Music Pubs. With traditional music held most Saturday nights Impromptu sessions on some Friday and Sundays.

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!

Duke of York, Belfast

Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour.

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.

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