Festival Team

Meet Our Team

Brendan McAleer
Executive Producer

Brendan McAleer is the Reachtaire (Organiser) for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ). He leads the cultural organisation within Ulster and manages the Dún Uladh Regional Resource Centre located on the outskirts of Omagh. Brendan is a well known cultural advocate, specifically, within traditional music and culture and promotes their potential for use as a unifer rather than a wedge to divide the two main traditions here in NI. He also actively lobbies widely for traditional music and culture, its funding and how it can be utilised to create economic benefits for the wider community through tourism resulting in the generation of positive social and cultural dividends.

Karen D’Aoust
Artistic Producer / Director

Karen D’Aoust is a trusted and respected cultural and music ambassador, event creator, music programmer and adjudicator with years of professional success designing, implementing, marketing and managing live music performances. She has been a solo and collaborative musician, choral/ ensemble director and partner with years of experience focused on performing classical and Irish traditional music respectively and in combination.

Hailing from Toronto, Canada where she solidifed her professional reputation, Karen now makes Northern Ireland her home. The Outreach Officer for Dún Uladh, she is also a member of the Society for Musicology for Ireland, Song Therapists of Moorevale Creative CIC UK and Women Aloud NI, a womens’ writers organisation based in Northern Ireland. Karen is presently preparing for PhD studies.

Tess Hamilton-Curran
PR Marketing

Tess Hamilton-Curran is PR & Marketing o cer for Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre and Ulster Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This is Tess’ second year working on the Bunting Festival and is in charge of all press, design, marketing and communication. Having joined the team just over two years ago, Tess was the first PR & Marketing officer to be appointed in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Tess obtained an Hon BSC degree in Public Relations in 2015 from Ulster University and has worked in public relations across the UK, Ireland and North America. Tess has experience in marketing management, crisis management, advanced advertising, political lobbying, public relations and public affairs strategy.