The Diamond Bar

2 High Street, Ballymoney, Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Ma Kellys ~ Ballymoney

Scotch Nights at Ma Kellys!

As the name of this new Session implies, the emphasis will be on promoting the playing & singing of Scottish Music & Song, but as we all know here, there’s a lot of common ground, which we will of course be taking great delight in exploring, in this new venue.

Ma Kellys ~ Ballymoney

Just for the record, the propsed line up of regular instruments that’ll be used to kick start this new session will be Scottish Smallpipes, Fiddle, Mandolins, Whistle, Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina & Guitar.

Well thats you covered Ptarmi what will the others play 😉

Ma Kellys ~ Ballymoney

I’d just like to say that this quiet, relaxed, early in the week, session is still going strong.
As well as regular musicians & singers, we also have two regular North Antrim Rhymers who attend most weeks.
Their amusing poems, in the local dialect, add a wonderful dimension to our sessions.

Scotch Night at Ma-Kellys, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim:

A few more videos taken at our session in Ma~Kellys.

Hohner Club C/F played by Edward ‘Ted’ Stokes!

Wild Rose of the Mountain: Viola & Oboe!

Music of Spey: Viola & Oboe!

The Waters of Tyne: Viola and Oboe!

Edward ‘Ted’ Stokes: Bicycle Pump Polka & Iron Legs!

The Wild Rose of the Mountain ~ on Oboe, Northumbrian Pipes, Nyckelharpa & Low Whistle!

3 Harmonicas in Ma~Kellys, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim!

Chromatic Harmonica & Sobell Mandolin!

Planxty Fanny Power on Oboe, Northumbrian Pipes & Nyckelharpor!

Da Slockit Light on Moothie & Nyckelharpor - Session Ma-Kelly’s, Ballymoney!

Scottish Smallpipes & Tenor Banjo ~ Eggs & Jigs!

Scottish Smallpipes & Tenor Banjo ~ Air & Reels!

Scottish Smallpipes & Tenor Banjo ~ Lexy McAskill!

Scottish Smallpipes & Tenor Banjo ~ Jigs!


The Idle Road & The Coleraine Jig

Three members of north Antrim group ‘Scad the Beggar’ playing The Idle Road & The Coleraine Jig on Mandolins & Tin Whistle, from last Tuesday night’s session in Ma~Kellys, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.


The joys of an Open Session!

Here’s another example of the sort of variety of instrumentation you might find at a truly Open Session, from last Tuesday night at our session in Ma~Kellys, Ballymoney!

We had: 5 sets of Northumbrian Pipes ( 3 G & 2 F sets ), 2 Nyckelharpor, 3 Accordions ( 2 Row, 3 Row & Piano ), 3 Fiddles, 2 Mandolins, Tin Whistle, Low Whistle, English Concertina, Harmonica & Guitar.


Re: The Diamond Bar

This Session will not take place, for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis.