Step into songs, stories and live sessions with Ballycastle’s new Traditional Music Trail
Wed, March 02, 2022
Step into live sessions, songs and stories of the Causeway Coast and Glens with a new Traditional Music Trail in Ballycastle.
Developed in partnership with Tourism NI, guests can immerse themselves in the town’s musical culture, bringing you closer to the instruments, the people who play them and the language, customs and history that make up our vibrant musical traditions.
Led by accomplished musicians, you will set off on a musical journey from the harbour with its tales of the sea and songs of sailors, into the heart of Ballycastle where you’ll visit venues synonymous with traditional music for generations.
Welcoming Ballycastle’s first official Traditional Music Trail, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes said: “This trail has been developed in response to the needs of our visitors who often ask where they can enjoy a traditional music performance or ‘session’. Now they will get to be a part of that experience themselves, exploring Ballycastle in a different way and finding out more about the area’s vibrant traditional music scene.
“We are very grateful to Tourism NI for their support, and to the musicians who are sharing their skills and knowledge with us to create this exciting new concept.”
Local musician Michael Sands said he is delighted to be involved: “As one of an ever-growing number of local traditional musicians it is a great source of pride to us all that our music has been recognised in this way.
“The Trail will enable us to share with the visiting public the joys, intricacies, fun and stories involved in keeping our musical traditions alive. I look forward to welcoming you all on the trail.”
The Ballycastle Traditional Music Trail will take place every Saturday in March, beginning March 5th from 4pm to 6.30pm at a special introductory price of £10 per person.
The Music Trail will then take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from April onwards, with opportunities opening for group bookings.
To book your place contact the Visitor Information Centre in Ballycastle phone 028 2076 2024, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into any of the Centres in the area.
Find ‘Ballycastle Traditional Music Trail’ on Facebook for updates and news on when the website and online booking will go live.
To find out more about what’s happening this spring along with other special offers go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com.