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Traditional Music Performance at 2 Royal Ave
for Primary Schools

We are delighted to announce that we are providing an opportunity, for Traditional Irish Music groups/ensembles from Primary Schools in the Greater Belfast area to perform live on stage at 2 Royal Avenue, the new arts space in Belfast City Centre.

Our aim is a simple one: To promote and encourage the teaching of Traditional Irish Music in Primary Schools

Our objective is: To provide and facilitate an opportunity for those Primary School children learning Traditional Irish Music to play and perform in front of an audience.

The event will take place on the 6 and 7 June 2023, between 10am and 2.30pm.

Groups will be given a maximum of 15 minutes to perform.

Singing is welcome either as part of the Traditional group or as a separate Ballad group, as long as the songs are of an Irish genre.

There is no minimum or maximum limit to numbers in a group. Every school will be welcome even if only one or two pupils participate.

Each group will also be given the opportunity to join with groups from other schools to play some tunes together, in a seisiún setting, for approx 15 mins.


This will require schools to remain behind for at most 45mins after their own performance to join the other schools in playing.


To allow for preparation for joining in the seisiún, we are suggesting the following tunes which will be played and we would ask that groups try and learn as many of these as is possible, with a suggested minimum of three tunes to allow everyone to play together.


Please start with the first tunes on the list and work your way along. The tunes below are also available in a downloadable pdf for teaching purposes, a mixture of music transcript and/or note names. 

- Dawning of the day

- Star of the County Down

- Kerry Polka

- Oro se do bheatha bhaile

- South wind

- Inisheer

- Britches full of stitches

- Mountains of pomeroy

- Rattlin Bog

- Eleanor Plunkett

Download the music transcript

Registration is by simply emailing gsotm at: with the name of your school and a contact person.


While we don’t imagine that we will be oversubscribed with entries, to guarantee a spot we recommend that you do register as soon as possible.


We will ask  that you contact us 4 weeks before the event - 9 May 2023 - advising us of the numbers involved in your group and the length of your performance.


Each group will then be given a time slot on one of the days. Some of these time slots may be over lunchtime and may require children to bring a packed lunch.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact us by email at:

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