Folk Clubs in Ireland

Ireland has a very strong tradition of music taking place in pubs, concerts, sessions, festivals and in particular regional and county fleadhs, but has less of a tradition of 'folk clubs' as such.

We hope the following list will be a useful resource giving information and links to certain websites where you can find up to date information on what is going on. If you know of any good folk clubs or regular music venues that might be added to this section, please let us know about them using the 'contact us' section of the website.

An Culturlann, Belfast

An Chultúrlann on its three floors, contains space for artistic and theatrical expression, a café, a tourist information office, community radio and the north’s largest dedicated Irish Language and media book and gift shop. An Chultúrlann is the jewel in the crown of Belfast’s emerging Gaeltacht Quarter.

Live traditional and contemporary music sessions, poetry readings, céilís, concerts, workshops and the children’s arts programme are just some of the reasons why An Chultúrlann is recognised as the Belfast Irish Experience. An Chultúrlann continues cultural traditions and develops them further through classes, workshops and performance.

See the website for details of events: An Culturlann

An Droichead, Belfast

Over the past year and a half An Droichead has quickly and professionally established itself as one of the best traditional music venues in Belfast. Moreover, this is a reputation that has travelled throughout Belfast and beyond; one which has granted them access to the very finest of international and local traditional music talent.

Concert nights are a beacon of musical celebration here at the Lárionad. The atmosphere is always commented upon by our first time visitors, and is one of the reasons that our concert nights are now regularly sold out. The fact that promoters and artists alike are aware that they will play to a full house and to an appreciative and knowledgeable audience enables us to attract the cream of traditional artists to south Belfast e.g. Maireád Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan , Julie Fowlis,Tóla Custy, John Spillane, Alan Kelly to name but a few.

See their website at: An Droichead

Downpatrick Folk Club

This club, which began in the 1960s, and ran as a cultural hub to the county Down folk scene until the turn of the millenium has been revived, and has re-established itself within the broader community in relation to traditional and modern folk music, language and culture in general.

For further information, see: Downpatrick Folk Club website

Killala Bay Folk Club, Co Mayo

The Killala Bay Folk Club began in October 2016, and meets on the first Friday of every month in The Far Side @ Johnny Lynns, Killala, Co. Mayo, from 9-11pm. Singers, musicians, storytellers and listeners all welcome.

See Their facebook page for information on monthly club nights, upcoming events etc.

Tel +353 87 2814350

Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast

In the seventies and eighties, when many people were avoiding the troubled streets of Belfast, there was a place where many artists continued to visit and play. The Sunflower Folk Club, founded by the late Geoff Harden, was an institution - a place where top folk performers could come and play in a sympathetic environment, and one of the few real “folk clubs” in a scene that was only beginning to develop in the area.

Sadly in the eighties the club closed, and in 2006 Geoff died after a short illness. Now, after many years, the Sunflower Folk Club has re-emerged in the new Sunflower Public House in Belfast’s Union Street. Drawing on the inspiration of several successful folk clubs in Belfast, but particularly acknowledging the legacy of the original Sunflower club, it is good to see this club re-open its doors. It plans to meet every Thursday at 8pm with the usual guest artist and floor singer format.

The venue is the new Sunflower Bar in Union Street, Belfast .

For more info see: Sunflower Website or Sunflower Folk Club facebook page

Trad at the Trian, Armagh

Run by the Armagh Pipers Club, Trad at the Trian is a series of recitals held on the first Friday of each month from October to April at St. Patrick's Trian, English Street, Armagh. Each concert features an unaccompanied solo singer and instrumentalist. Many of the country's top musicians have taken part in the series.

These recitals are held in a small theatre and are followed by a session and master classes. The series enables people to hear high-quality music performed in an intimate acoustic setting, and also to meet the musicians, join with them in an informal session and learn some of their music during the following day's master classes.

For more details see: Trad at the Trian