Back to All Events

Seamus Heaney: Words and Music

  • The Duncairn Duncairn Avenue Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT14 6BP United Kingdom (map)

Doors 7.30pm
£6 / £4
80 minutes
No interval

Seamus Heaney both inspired musicians and was inspired by them, writing poems such as The Given Note, based on a story told by composer Seán Ó Riada about a fiddler who retrieves the mysterious Port na bPucai (Fairies’ Tune) from the wind off the west coast of Ireland: “bits of a tune / Coming in on loud weather”. This very special programme of readings and Heaneyrelated music will feature Belfast composer Neil Martin’s new work The Helping Hand, inspired by lines from Heaney’s collection Station Island, as well as works by Irish composers Seán Ó Riada and Rachel Holstead. The ensemble of Ulster Orchestra musicians will be led by violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan.

This event is part of Belfast International Arts Festival. Tickets available through

Earlier Event: October 7
Máirtín O'Connor Trio
Later Event: October 14