The Carrickfergus Trad Session is run by the Carrickfergus Traditional Music Society (CTMS) and meets regularly in the Gasworks. It grew out of the East Antrim Traditional Music School which was formed in 2005. In the years since, it has developed a core of dedicated musicians who meet and play regularly, along with a steady stream of newcomers and visiting musicians.
The Session aims to facilitate people interested in playing and promoting traditional music and caters for a wide range of abilities, from relative beginners to experienced musicians. We endeavour to provide a place for beginners to move on from practising on their own to playing with others, but who find this step too big in terms of tempo and repertoire. We use a wide range of instruments, including fiddles, flutes, whistles, accordion, banjo, mandolins, bodhrans and guitars. Various resources are used to expand our musical repertoire, notably the East Antrim Traditional Music School’s Tunebook and CD (both of which are available to purchase).
Currently we meet in the Gasworks fortnightly on Friday evenings (Sept-June). Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start and you should enter via the back gate on Irish Quarter South. The Session is strictly cross-community in ethos and open to everyone from whatever background who enjoys music, especially traditional music. It's also open to anyone who just wants to come and listen.
If you are playing or learning a traditional instrument and feel ready to play in a group situation, you are most welcome to attend whether to participate or listen. Experienced musicians are also welcome but please be prepared for tunes being played at a pace maybe slower than you are used to, particularly earlier in the evening. Having said that, we are confident that the quality, pace and range of the music is something that even the most experienced musicians will enjoy.
|CTMS also runs a ukulele session called THE FLAME'N'UKES. For more information about it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org|
East Antrim Traditional Music School website: www.eatms.co.uk