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Galway Trad Tour

Galway, Ireland

Experience hosted by Roddy

2 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 8 people

What you'll do

Galway Trad Tour combines music and history, so that you can enjoy and experience Irish traditional music as we walk around the charming streets and river paths of Galway. This unique walking tour will begin in Eyre Square and as we walk to the Docks, Spanish Arch, Courthouse Square, Cathedral and other places of historic interest, you will hear Irish music being played on the fiddle relating to that place. For instance in the Docks you will hear a fiddle tune associated with Liverpool or the US as these were typically the most important ports of call from Galway a century ago. During Galway Trad Tour, there will also be a chance for you to sing along with a Ballad so that everyone gets to participate and have the 'craic'. You might even like to request a tune at some stage of the tour, which I would be more than happy to play if I know it. At the end of the trip I also offer any information relating to tunes I've played, local sessions, festivals or upcoming events.
Galway Trad Tour combines music and history, so that you can enjoy and experience Irish traditional music as we walk around the charming streets and river paths of Galway. This unique walking tour will begin in Eyre Square and as we walk to the Docks, Spanish Arch, Courthouse Square, Cathedral and other places of historic interest, you will hear Irish music being played on the fiddle relating to that place. For instance in the Docks you will hea…

Meet your host, Roddy

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I am a professional musician and tour guide from Galway. I have spent over 25 years playing traditional Irish music in shows, competitions, and local sessions. I have a degree in Music from University College Cork and have a masters in Music Technology from the University of York. I have always had a strong interest in local history and I have done walking, open top and private tours for groups or companies looking for a humorous, quality tour from an experienced local guide. During this walking tour I will combine all of these elements to give you a unique and memorable experience.
I am a professional musician and tour guide from Galway. I have spent over 25 years playing traditional Irish music in shows, competitions, and local sessions. I have a degree in Music from University College Cork and have a masters in Music Technology from the University of York. I have always had a strong interest in local history and I have done walking, open top and private tours for groups or companies looking for a humorous, quality tour from an experienced local guide. During this walking…
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Where you'll be

Throughout the tour, as we laugh and navigate our way through the streets, canals and historical sites of Galway you will hear various tune types such as jig, slip jig, reel, waltz, march, hornpipe and slow air. This will give you a feel for the different tones, tempos and rhythms associated with Irish traditional music as you get an insight into Galway's past.
Rebecca
October 2019
This was the best tour in Ireland. Roddy played traditional Irish tunes on his remarkably old fiddle, at scenic locations around Galway town. He provided headphones for all of us and accompanying melodies for the whole walk, while explaining the history and culture. Glorious.
This was the best tour in Ireland. Roddy played traditional Irish tunes on his remarkably old fiddle, at scenic locations around Galway town. He provided headphones for all of us…
Nancy
October 2019
We really enjoyed our tour with Roddy. The pace was gentle and his stories were charming. Three times we stopped to listen to Roddy play Irish music that was appropriate for that place. Lovely! Thanks, Roddy, for a wonderful morning.
Priscilla
October 2019
Roddy was a fun and knowledgeable guide. He knew a lot of history of the city, was a lot of fun and the music was an extra treat.
Christine
October 2019
Roddy gave us a lovely walking tour of the square with stories and history of the area. They were very entertaining as was the violin music along the way with Irish music. We covered considerable history and area. I loved his wit. Bring your walking shoes!
Roddy gave us a lovely walking tour of the square with stories and history of the area. They were very entertaining as was the violin music along the way with Irish music. We c…
Michele
September 2019
It was pouring down rain all the way through our experience and Roddy did such a great job in making this so memorable. We both loved it and would recommend anyone visiting Galway to go on this fun tour while listening to Roddy playing his fiddle so beautifully.
It was pouring down rain all the way through our experience and Roddy did such a great job in making this so memorable. We both loved it and would recommend anyone visiting Galway…
Cepta
September 2019
I really enjoyed this tour as it linked two interests of mine, Irish music and history. As a musician I particularly liked the versions of tunes by Turlough O’Carolan and Martin Wynne which Roddy played in the open air and how he linked these tunes in with the tour he was giving. He also offered me advice on where to find the tunes he was playing online and told me about gigs that were on in Galway which he played in or enjoyed listening to. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience a different kind of walking tour with a Galway musician giving a tour of his town.
I really enjoyed this tour as it linked two interests of mine, Irish music and history. As a musician I particularly liked the versions of tunes by Turlough O’Carolan and Martin Wy…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes

Suitable jacket as it can rain at any time in Galway