The Hounds Of Ulster were set up in 2006 as an alternative to the expression of Ulsters Bb Flute Band music that has a Cultural and Identity connection within the Northern Ireland Protestant Marching Band Scene. The flute and the fiddle were both imported as instruments of the “genteel” classes in the early 18th century, which essentially meant Protestants.
All the playing members have many years’ experience in Marching Bands and although there are around 640 Marching Bands in Northern Ireland our members wanted to create something different and to explore their connection to the music of Ireland.
However to promote the music and culture in the best possible way the group decided to embrace it and to use it as a medium to showcase that people living here in Northern Ireland from the two main apposing communities that have been divided over the years have really got so much in common and especially when it comes to music.
The Hounds Of Ulster’s music is a full body experience: the upbeat tempos compel you to dance a jig, clap your hands and join in. And that's what the music is all about, joining in and having the craic (fun).
We all know that music and dance go hand in hand and the group felt that something was missing and In 2017 The Hounds of Ulster teamed up with the McCullough Curran and together had a great experience playing and dancing in some great venues.
In 2018 The Hounds recently teamed up with local Irish Dance Troope Celtic Flair and together bring the very best entertainment mix of cultural music and dance there is.
Celtic Flair are part of the Jordan Academy of Irish Dance that teaches both traditional and contemporary Irish dancing.
The aim of the school is to produce dancers who will enjoy dancing and perform to their full potential. The school takes part in competitions, community events, concerts and international festivals .
The Academy offer traditional Irish dance classes for children (3+) from beginners through to World Champions.
The school was established in February 2011 and to date has won 5 world titles in both solo and team categories as well as over 50 national titles.
Dedication, respect and friendship are key ingredients of their successful school.
The Hounds Of Ulster have been entertaining audiences in many venues across Europe, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that include the European Parliament in Strasbourg France
The Shabeen in Strasburg Town during the Euros
The Ennis Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in County Clare
Parliament Buildings at Stormont
The West Belfast Feile an Phobail
Dublin Castle for Irish President Marry McAleese
The Ulster Hall Belfast For the 36th Ulster Division Somme Society The Giants Causeway
The Carrickfergus Pagent for the Landing of King William III for the Orange Order to name but a view.
Our Motto from day one has remained with us and is proof of its meaning.