West Belfast Joins In Belfast Music Week

Plenty more events added to the overall programme

Belfast Music Week 2011 provides the backdrop to the MTV European Music Awards being broadcast live from Belfast to the rest of the world on Sunday, November 6.

West Belfast will use the opportunity to showcase talent from that part of the city. Fáilte Feirste Thiar, Féile an Phobail, An Chultúrlann and Andersonstown School of Music have teamed up with local venues to put together a packed programme with something to cater for all musical tastes ranging from traditional to local rocK.

Commenting at the launch of the West Belfast events, Harry Connolly of Fáilte Feirste Thiar said: 'These events will help put west Belfast on the map. Our events complement and form a central part of Belfast Music Week. The events will no doubt be a real hit with locals and visitors alike.'

Stuart Baillie, CEO of The Oh Yeah Music, added: 'It's great to see Belfast Music Week expanding beyond the city centre. It began last year but the 2011 programme shows that west Belfast is embracing the potential of the week. It's a tremendous asset to the city at a time when more than 40,000 visitors will be here, looking for culture and unique musical moments.'

Below is the full list of events:

Sunday, October 30: The West awakes
Various venues
Time – 8pm – late!
Cost – Free

Various venues in west Belfast will come to life with a wide range of traditional and contemporary music sets to mark the beginning of Belfast Music Week. St Paul's GAC on the Shaws road, Mc Enenay's on the Glen Road and O’Donnell’s on the Whiterock Road will all showcase the finest traditional musicians.

Monday, October 31 to Saturday, November 5: Photographic exhibition
Venue – An Chultúrlann (216 Falls Road)
Time – 9am – 6pm
Cost – Free

This unique exhibition will capture the world-class acts that have played in the west of Belfast over the years. This exhibition will adorn the walls of Cáife Feirste, recently named by trip advisor as Belfast’s leading restaurant.

Tuesday, November 1: How to Build and Play a Guitar
Venue – An Chultúrlann (216 Falls Road)
Time – 7pm – 9pm
Cost – Free

The workshop is an introduction to the art of guitar making and will take the form of a detailed slideshow
showing the various processes involved, with information on the wonderful array of woods used in the making of the instruments and how they are worked into the various parts. There will also be examples of these various parts, letting people see what goes on inside the instrument.

Friday, November 4: The West Rocks Back!
Venue – The Rock Bar (491 – 493 Falls Road)
Cost - £5
Time – 8pm

West Belfast’s The Rock Bar is a new addition to the Belfast live music scene, with live music sets almost every night. To celebrate Belfast Music Week, The Rock will host a one-off special concert with some of Northern Ireland's finest musicians including Bernadette Morris (pictured above) and Bik Mc Farlane to be joined on stage by new and upcoming stars from the Andersonstown School of Music.

Saturday, November 5: Music Week Finale / Bodhran workshop
Venue: An Chultúrlann

An Chultúrlann will come to life with a live traditional session welcoming visitors to the building as well as a Bodhran making workshop taking place on the roof garden with Rohan Young, who started playing Bodhran 20 years ago with Andersonstown Music School. He is now recognised as one of Ireland’s most accomplished players and manufacturers of the Bodhran. In his workshop, Rohan will discuss the origins of the Bodhran and demonstrate the intricacies of playing, tuning and making of this Irish drum.

Saturday, November 5: Irish Traditional Orchestra
Venue – An Chultúrlann (216 Falls Road)
Time – 1pm – 5pm
Cost – Free

Andersonstown Music School is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a showcase performance by their
Irish Traditional Orchestra under the direction of Neil Martin, who has scored several new compositions for the afternoon’s performance. The Orchestra, a flagship project for the Music School, has provided opportunities for the highest standard of performance and a platform for our pupils to showcase their talent. This is a performance that should not be missed.