If you were looking for the right person to host a musical walking tour of Belfast, then someone who jumped up on stage in the Ulster Hall in 1978 and played drums to ‘Peaches’ with The Stranglers would probably fit the bill!
Live music has always played a big part in budding tour guide Dolores Vischer’s life – and still does. Growing up between Donegal and Belfast, she loved widely differing genres of music – from the vibrant Irish trad scene in Donegal, where she learned bodhran, to the thrill of raw punk gigs in Belfast’s Harp Bar in the late 1970s. She also plays the drums, (which is where her Stranglers claim to fame comes in!)
More recently, Dolores joined a band after signing up to Oh Yeah’s Girls Rock School NI programme in 2018. She’s currently part of the Over the Hill Music Collective and recently recorded a song she wrote for a new OTH album that’s in the pipeline. On top of that she enjoys singing and performing in the Cathedral Quarter Choir.
During lockdown, Dolores decided to explore her interest in becoming a tour guide and has almost completed the course to become a qualified Belfast Green Badge Tourist Guide. Speaking about the forthcoming Belfast Music Tour taking place as part of Sound of Belfast festival, Dolores says:
“I love supporting local bands and it’s great now to be able to get back out to gigs again. Belfast has such a rich music heritage and so much talent, past and present, I just want to share my passion and for people to enjoy themselves.”
Starting out at the Ulster Hall, the tour will explore some of the venues that are important in our musical history. Find out about some of the characters down the years who’ve shaped our music culture, and acknowledge some of the talented people taking it forward today. Hear about the festivals our city is home to and end with a visit to Belfast’s own dedicated music hub, the Oh Yeah Centre! After browsing the Music Exhibition, relax over a pint and enjoy an acoustic set by a future star!
Tickets for Belfast – A City of Music (Guided Walking Tour) are £15, including the walk, pint and live music at the Oh Yeah Centre.
Saturday 6 November, 12.55-4pm · Tickets
Saturday 13 November, 12.55-4pm · Tickets