Barry Kerr

Originally from the southern shores of Lough Neagh in County Armagh but now living and working in Dublin, Barry Kerr is one of Ireland’s most accomplished artists. As a highly regarded singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and painter he is extremely prolific in his creative output.

Having recorded his first album at the age of seventeen, he has gone on to tour the world as a solo artist and has been equally at home sharing the stage in the company of artists such as Steve Cooney, Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis, Lumiere and Dervish.

He has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world from Radio City Music Hall in New York to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and has multiple arena tours under his belt.  He recently performed as principal uilleann piper on a symphony orchestra tour of the United States with Celtic Thunder under the direction of conductor David Brophy.

His compositions have been recorded by internationally renowned artists such as Karan Casey, Flook, Jiggy, Beoga, Brian Finnegan, Damian O’Kane and Kate Rusby to name but a few.  His most recent recording is a duet album of traditional song, flute, uilleann pipes and fiddle music called ‘Castor Bay’ with his sister Laura Kerr and guitarist Donogh Hennessy.

As Artist in Residence at the celebrated Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts in Belfast for a number of years, Barry played a central role in developing the city of Belfast as a vibrant cultural hub. His recent work has explored the concept of relating visual art with musical performance, storytelling and composition, as seen in his latest performances/exhibitions, ‘CEATHAIR’ and‘Continuum’.

Barry was recently awarded the prestigious Liam O’Flynn award from the National Concert Hall and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Festival Postponement

WAF Colour LogoWith a heavy heart we have had  to postpone the festival and filming in response to the current Covid numbers and transmission rates in Ireland, unfortunately it is the responsible and only choice right now.

We were always confident it was doable based on the knowledge we had at the time of announcement, however the current trajectory is a different playing field to anything prior. While we are very disappointed to have to push the Wild Atlantic Fleadh to next year, the health and safety of our performers and crew has to come first.

One positive outcome of moving the Fleadh to 2022 is that we can combine the planned online event with a live and in person event, which was always our long term goal.

The new date for the Wild Atlantic Fleadh in 2022 will be announced in due course. In the meantime anyone who purchased tickets to this year’s Fleadh will be refunded in full via their Stage It Account. Any concerns or questions regarding the status of their refund should be directed to

We will be in touch and we are so sorry this step had to be taken

Kind Regards

The Wild Atlantic Fleadh Team