Watch: Caitríona Lagan, 15, plays ‘all the instruments in her Irish band’

BBC Ireland

Caitríona Lagan is an All-Ireland champion musician from Castledawson, County Londonderry.

The 15-year-old plays five instruments – banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and mandola.

During lockdown she began posting videos on social media showcasing her wide-ranging musical talent.

“I will remember music helping me through lockdown, it gave me something to do and it kept me going,” she told BBC News NI.

Watch: ‘I play all the instruments in my Irish music band’ BBC Video

On Thursday, the Northern Ireland Executive announced the relaxation of rules around live music would be delayed to 5 July.

The changes have been delayed due to concerns about an increase in case numbers of the Delta variant.

Caitríona said: “I haven’t seen any of my friends who play music in sessions for so long and I can’t wait to see them again, it will be great to play together.

“I love playing Irish traditional music, it helps me escape and I’ll never give it up.”

Video journalist: Niall McCracken

Caitriona Lagan All Ireland Champion Musician. Plays Banjo, Mandolin and fiddle.


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