Rhythm Of The Bann


Ulster-Scots Cultural Music and Dance Festival

Rhythm of the Bann – ‘bringing it all back home’ to Coleraine




Coleraine will come alive with a fusion of Ulster Scots, traditional and folk music during the inaugural Rhythm of the Bann event.


Afternoon entertainment on the Festival Stage begins at 12noon on Saturday 24th June, setting the scene for a live variety concert in the Market Yard later that evening.


The celebration of music and dance will showcase the very best of talent from Northern Ireland and beyond, and reflect how our local influences resonate around the world – inspiring the festival strapline ‘We’re bringing it all back home’.


Located at the rear of the Town Hall, the Festival Stage will be graced by a fantastic line-up included the Hampsey Harp School, Grove Pipe Band, the Blue Bells dance troop , Heather Montgomery and friends ,Coleraine Grammar Schools musicians and a cultural dance showcase.


This will be complemented by musical performances in cafés and bars, and shoppers can also look forward to impromptu song and dance throughout the town centre – helping to create a true Festival feel.


The festival atmosphere continues in a range of town centre venues throughout the day as recent Tourism Innovation Award winning Event Company Snow Water rolls out a programme of some of the finest live performers from throughout N.Ireland. Further details can be found on the website regarding venues and artist performances.  Venues include The Three Kings, Ground Espresso, Diamond Centre, New Society, The Forum Restaurant, Café Nero, Moores of Coleraine, Coffeee Emporium, Heralds at 22 and Pizza Pomodoro.


The evening event will see the old Market Yard venue comes to life as it hosts its first ever live concert featuring local, national and international artists.


The family friendly evening of live music and dance will open with a bespoke dance spectacular 'Rhythm of the Bann' performed by the Dominic Graham School of Irish Dancing and the Michelle Johnston School of Highland Dance, accompanied by seven-piece band Ballyrúa , all the way from Spain.


Hosts for the evening are stand-up comedian Tim McGarry and Ulster Scots historian David Hume MBE. They pair will keep the audience entertained throughout the evening with some Ulster Scots recitals and tongue in cheek humour.


Originally from Coleraine, singer-song writer Hannah McPhillimy will bring her unique style of jazz and indie to the event. A multi-instrumentalist with beguiling vocals, her growing reputation as a stand-out artist makes her an exciting addition to the line-up.  Having released her first album ‘Seeing Things’ in 2013 she is building up quite a fan base and is excited to be bringing her music to her home town.


Sullivan and Gold, a talented two-piece are making a return to the North West for the event. The pair, previously likened to Simon and Garfunkel, will play a mixture of old material along with new material and renditions from their latest album ‘Guatemala’, released in March this year.


Ballyrúa  will perform in Coleraine fresh from the festival circuit in Europe, injecting an instrumental Galacian style to the event ahead of headline act, The Peatbog Faeries from the Isle of Skye. They have toured the world with their unique music and light show so be preprared for high octane Scots Celtic music as you’ve never heard it before.


Gates open at 6pm with entertainment beginning at 7pm. Access will be by ticket only from Lime Market Street. No food or drinks can be brought in to the site and bag searches will be in operation. Amenities will be available inside, including food outlets, a bar facility and public conveniences.  This is a non-seated event but patrons are welcome to bring their own fold up chairs.


Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or from Coleraine Visitor Information centre on 028 7034 4723, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for 16years and under.


Patrons attending the concert are asked to use car parks within the town centre.



For further details go to www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

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