Classes & Tutors

Presently Ards CCÉ offers lessons for all traditional instruments on Saturday mornings at St. Columbanus College, Bangor for both children and adults.

All classes are overseen by Niall & Bronagh McClean. Niall is an All Ireland Champion fiddle player and extremely adept on the tin whistle / low whistle and has played all over the world (including the USA) with other famous musicians, in particular, “The Three Irish Tenors”. Bronagh is an incredible banjo player / fiddle player with a 1st Class Honours Degree in music and is currently teaching at a local secondary school.

Ards CCÉ have tutors that provide lessons in the following specialised instruments


  • Fiddle
  • Whistle
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Bouzouki
  • Guitar
  • Flute
  • Bodhrán
  • Singing
  • Accordion
  • Mandola
  • Uilleann Pipes

Niall McClean:  Fiddle / Whistle

Bronagh McClean:  Fiddle / Banjo / Guitar / Mandolin / BouzoukiCaitlin

Caitlin Mitchell:  Accordion

Josh Owens:  Banjo / Fiddle / Bodhran

Colleen McCleery: Fiddle / Whistle / Banjo / Concertina

Emma McCleery: Flute / Whistle

Mairead Forde: Ceili Band

In addition to the above tutors, Ards CCÉ frequently organises specialised workshops for various instruments given by high-profile musicians, including the master bodhrán player, Eamon Murray.