Comhaltas in Britain

Bringing a community of all ages together to learn, share and experience the music and culture of Ireland

Since 1957, Comhaltas in Britain has been strengthening communities through traditional Irish music and culture. Growing from our first branch in Glasgow, our huge network of incredibly talented and passionate volunteers teach Irish traditional music, dance and language to c. 3,000 members, across all generations, in 24 branches across England, Scotland and Wales.

We believe that the ability to engage with music and dance is the glue that holds our communities together. Volunteers and teachers across our branches deliver weekly music, dance and language classes in community settings, which encourage people aged 1-100 to access their creativity in an informal and fun environment, supported by their community.

In today’s Britain, Irish communities have become more assimilated, and the Irish traditions has grown beyond its Irish origins, and is heard, played and enjoyed globally. Comhaltas in Britain now not only brings together Irish communities, but people of all backgrounds, who have an interest in coming together through the learning and enjoyment of Irish traditional music.

Our Outreach

Community and Loneliness

In partnership with Conrad Na Gaeilge Glaschu, Comhaltas in Britain hosts monthly lunch club sessions around Glasgow to help target loneliness and social isolation in older generations around areas of deprivation.

Dementia and Music

Comhaltas in Britain supported research into ‘The Impact and Effects of Irish music and song on Irish people living with Dementia in Great Britain’ by Dr. Josie Nugent. That research is the bases of local outreach by our branches.

Support for Teachers and Students SCT Exams

Working with Music Teachers’ Board, we have now got an Ofqual accredited syllabus and exam that awards UCAS points for students. This framework is specifically designed for Irish traditional music learners.

TTCT Teacher Training Scholarship

We provide a fully paid scholarship to attend an intensive week of teaching practices with our music educators diploma designed to develop and enhance teaching practices in Britain.

Fleadhanna (Festivals)

Comhaltas in Britain host regional and national competitions as qualifiers to All-Ireland Fleadh. This is essentially the world championship of Irish traditional music, dance and culture. This is a massive undertaking as we have around 1,000 people attending the national competition at the end of June.


“Everyone in the group is younger than me, but they make me feel so welcome.” John, 81
“I firmly believe that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without Comhaltas”. Michael, 28
“In such a devastating time for our family, our Comhaltas family were there for us”. Orlagh, 42

These are few examples of the work being done across the whole of Britain. Each branch and region has it’s unique landscape and outreach programmes.