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    Musical Belfast!

    ‘Mapping Belfast Musically’ is a project by Queen’s University Belfast postgraduate students Aisling Nolan and Kayla Rush. The project is an attempt to ethnographically map the musical geography of Belfast by providing atmospheric snapshots of ...

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Shankill Road

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Groups of people huddle along the street, some standing sheltering from the harsh breezes across from me under the bus shelter. ...

Street Buskers

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The sun was strong for a cold Belfast day, and a large crowd had gathered. I could hear the music before I saw anyone and as I rounded the corner ...

Tilt Bar

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The place is cool. Modern decorations and it is stylish. We sit with pints of Guinness while listening to this modern Irish fusion of music. ...

Musical Belfast

Celebrating the richness of Belfast's musical life!


  • Standing in the glass-encased vestibule of a just closed shoe shop is young women in a short white dress. Hands clasped in front with palms up, lay nestled a songbook and scarf. She is capably singing arias, her voice amplified by the inherent acoustics of the abandoned storefront. A small “boom box” is strategically set […]

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  • “Here it is!” Susie, Natalie, and I had been wandering for 5 minutes along the pavements just across Belfast’s Central Library, looking for the Cathedral Quarter Workspaces building, the new ‘home’ for ‘our’ gamelan. Despite the many years of successfully organizing music workshops with this gamelan, Open Arts Ltd., the owners of the gamelan, sadly […]

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  • The place is cool. Modern decorations and it is stylish. We sit with pints of Guinness while listening to this modern Irish fusion of music. Myself and my friends off to one side in high back chairs, the musicians sit in a circle across from me. They play, and every so often people clap. Scattered […]

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  • The sun was strong for a cold Belfast day, and a large crowd had gathered. I could hear the music before I saw anyone and as I rounded the corner, I didn’t know what to expect. There easily were fifty people watching. All quiet. I squeeze my way past the large crowd. Nothing the mix […]

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  • There is a buzz in the air. Musicians are tuning instruments and the audience are clutching tickets and chatting. People are removing jackets and readying themselves in their seats. Sir William Whitla Hall is the venue for the classical music concert, a fitting venue for the pomp and ceremony of a classical music concert. On […]

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