Duke of York, Cathedral Quarter

Take part in your own personal trad session

  • £15 pp
  • Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
  • Guided traditional music tour featuring performances, stories and local beverages.

Meet your hosts

We have a range of talented and knowledegable hosts that lead our tours. They are all musicians who are directly involved with the music community here in Belfast. So, no matter who your guide is, you will be guaranteed an unforgettable insight into Belfast's traditional music scene. Here's what they say about themselves:

We are passionate and professional local musicians that have been involved with music since childhood. This early involvement has allowed us to tour and perform extensively in the USA, Russia, South Korea and all over Europe. Despite our travel, we strongly believe that Belfast is one of the best places in the world for traditional music and have been involved in the development of the trail right from the start.

With its vibrant and ever growing scene, we are constantly passionate about providing more people with an access to this vibrant tradition.

What to expect

Make the most of the cosy fireside and rustic furnishings at the The Dirty Onion Bar, where you will be given the chance to meet the musicians who will guide you on your intimate traditional music tour. After absorbing the atmosphere here, you'll move on to the quaint and quirky Duke of York - tucked away down one of the Cathedral Quarter's many charismatic cobbled streets. This iconic bar will provide you with a plethora of artefacts to surround yourself with as you listen to the authentic stories and songs of this musical tradition.

Finally, you'll move along to one of Belfast's oldest buildings, Mchugh's. Enjoy a local beer, cider, whiskey or Guinness while learning about the instruments, language, customs and history that make up the vibrant trad music. Overall, this interactive experience will leave you in love with Belfast and its iconic musical heritage. 

(The tour doesn't have to stop there! With a sumptuous selection of Irish inspired items, why not end your day of music with a modern twist on Irish cuisine at Mchugh's. If it's before the tour that you want a bite to eat, then look no further than The Dirty Onion's upstairs rotisserie restaurant, Yardbird.)

What's included

This guided tour includes a meet and greet from your guides at The Dirty Onion Bar followed by an intimate explanation about the instruments and stories behind this fascinating musical tradition. This will also include jigs, reel and songs in the cosy Duke of York as you sit back and sip on a local beverage. The final part of the tour allows guests to see iconic musical landmarks before finally enjoying some more dancing and live music as well as audience participation.