Donegal Night – ‘Oíche Thír Chonaill’

Bígí linn i gcuideachta scoth na n-amhránaithe agus na gceoltóirí chun traidisiún saibhir amhránaíochta Ghaeltacht Thír Chonaill a cheiliúradh.

Join us in the company of the choicest singers and musicians to celebrate the rich singing tradition of the Donegal Gaeltacht.

With; Clann Mhic Ruairí, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Noel Ó Dúgáin (Clannad), Noeleen Ní Cholla and Maria Ní Chumhaill.


Four brothers, Tony, Aodh, Sean, Dónal and Tony’s daughter Megan make up this lively, impromptu traditional Gaelic singing group from Rann na Feirste in the Gaeltacht of North West Donegal. They perform traditional songs with a contemporary innovative and inspirational approach retaining the traditional purity and integrity.

Together, these five individuals create a beautiful sound like only a family of voices can, singing in their native tongue’SEAN P FEENEY

Doors 8:30pm | Unreserved Seating

Stewart Parker’s Northern Star – Rehearsed Reading

Set in a crumbling cottage on the slopes of Cave Hill in the aftermath of the 1798 Rising, Northern Star, by Stewart Parker, returns to the ‘Golden Age’ of late 18th century Belfast, when the city had been a harbinger of radical thought.

Northern Star is a masterpiece of modern Irish drama and dialogue. Presented in association with Kabosh.

Doors 5:45pm | Unreserved Seating

What Next for the Arts?

Discussion and Book Launch

The arts sector in Northern Ireland is in crisis. After years of funding cuts and issues around governance and strategy, the sector is teetering on the brink of collapse.

Recently the entire edifice of public subsidy for the arts has been brought into question. The forum will feature speakers from the world of arts management and cultural policy, and promises lively and informed debate.

The event concludes with a book launch and wine reception for the recently published, Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty

Guest Speakers: Prof Ele Belfiore, Dr Steven Hadley (Chair), Dr Alison Jeffers, Gerri Moriarty, Dr Stephen Pritchard, Conor Shields

Admission free. Tickets offered on first come first served basis and can be reserved by contacting

Anúna Singing Workshop – SOLD OUT

Ages 16 years and older. Refreshments provided.

Join us for a workshop led by two singers from the Irish vocal ensemble Anúna.

The workshop will focus on how we sing – using the Anúna method of breathing together, the physicality of singing and unifying the natural sound of each person’s voice as a group to create the Anúna sound.

Established in 1987 by its current Artistic Director and composer, Michael McGlynn, Anúna is Ireland’s flagship a cappella vocal ensemble representing the beauty of Irish musical heritage and literature all over the world.

This workshop is ideal for those with some singing experience and the ability to read music is an advantage. We will use pieces in Irish and English from the Anúna repertoire and the workshop will be delivered bilingually.

About the facilitators:

Fergus Cahillane is from Dublin and a graduate of the NUI, Maynooth, with a degree in English and Music. He has been a member of Anúna since 2016.

Ellie McGinley is a native of Co Donegal. She is a music graduate from Dundalk IT, a specialist in sean-nós singing and a fiddle player.

Artist in Residence Joshua Burnside

We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s CQAF artist in residence is none other than Joshua Burnside who we regard as one of this island’s greatest young songwriters.

Most recently, he delivered a pitch-perfect, jaw-dropping set in support of folk legend Shirley Collins at Out to Lunch in January.

His debut album Ephrata was released last year to universal acclaim. An intoxicating collection of stumbling beats, vocoder, banjo, robots, lightning and dark matter, it effortlessly scooped the 2017 Northern Ireland Music Prize.

A fragile yet commanding and utterly unique performer, catch Joshua Burnside during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and prepare to be astonished.

‘Rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic’ – THE IRISH TIMES

Joshua will be playing support slots at the following shows.

Oh Pep! – Friday 4 May, 8pm – Sunflower Public House
This is the Kit – Tuesday 8 May, 8pm – Rosemary Street Church
Bedouine – Thursday 10 May, 8pm – McHugh’s
Michael Chapman – Friday 11 May, 8pm – The American Bar
King Creosote – Saturday 12 May, 8pm – The Black Box

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