Belfast Nashville soNgwriters festival by suchenfz


									 5               Belfast Nashville

                 soNgwriters festival
                 soNg writiNg coNveNtioN

  18tH - 22ND FebRuaRy 2009
            Nanci Griffith Raul Malo Steve Harley Foy Vance

            Declan O’Rourke Josh Rouse         TickeTs 028 9024 6609
    5         Belfast Nashville

              soNgwriters festival                                                                                                                          beLFaSt NaSHViLLe SONGWRiteRS FeStiVaL
              soNg writiNg coNveNtioN                                                                                                                               “the songwriters festival in Belfast has become

                                                                                                                                                                    my annual vacation. It’s an extraordinary event”
    18tH - 22ND FebRuaRy 2009                                                                           Nanci Griffith
                                                                                                                                                                                     Nanci Griffith
    THE ART OF SONG WRITING                                                                                                                                  Five years on and it just gets better with even more world-class artists willing to come to Belfast to perform in small
                                                                                                                                                           intimate venues like The Kings Head and Madisons Hotel. More than 100 local and international songwriters take to the

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                                                                                                                                                            stage in 30 concerts to celebrate the art of song writing and the Sister Cities link between Belfast and Nashville. This
                                                                                                                                                            year’s Song Writing Convention features several Grammy winning hit writers and leading music industry professionals
                                                                                                                                                                                                             from around the world.

    100 SONGWRiteRS                                                                                                                                        Each year we bring many international artists who are new to Belfast and we showcase talented local songwriters who
                                                                                                                                                           are producing great songs. We hope you’ll use the internet links provided to listen to them and come along to hear them

    30 CONCeRtS                                                                                                                                              live. Belfast City Council, our other sponsors and Panarts volunteers have given us great support and advice all year
                                                                                                                                                                    round and it’s very important to acknowledge that the songwriters’ festival could not exist without them.

    20 WORKSHOPS                                                   Josh Rou
                                                                                                                                                                                                    See you at the concerts and seminars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Colin Magee        Anne Coulter
               taleNted local soNg writers & iNterNatioNal artists                                                                                                                                   Festival Director   Festival Manager
                                     a to Z
              Catie CuRtiS  tHea GiLMORe  beN GLOVeR  NaNCi GRiFFitH  Ken Haddock                                                                                        Message From Lord Mayor Cllr tom Hartley
               Steve Harley  KeNNeDy  RauL MaLO  tiFt MeRRitt  Declan O’Rourke
                 (OF COCKNEY REBEL)               (OF THE MAVERICKS)
                                                                                                                                                           Belfast City Council is delighted to be associated with the 5th Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Festival. The celebration of
                                                                                                                                                           the art of song writing enables us to discover more about our shared musical heritage. It sends out a positive message
                eilidh Patterson  Josh Rouse  MaRK SeLby  tia SiLLeRs  FOy VaNCe                                                                        of our cities internationally and enhances our tourism potential. Broadening the cultural tourism package aimed at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                US market has clear economic benefits for Belfast.

                                                                                                                                                           I would like to wish Panarts every success with their festival and look forward to the many events across Belfast and its
                                                                                                                                                                                                   profile being raised at home and abroad.

                                                                                                                                                                                           the Katherine brick award
                                                                                                                                                                                          young Songwriter of the year
                                                                                                                                                             Along with her husband Ian, Katherine initiated the Sister Cities link between Belfast and Nashville. From their home
                                                                                                                                                            in Nashville Tennessee, they encouraged tourism, cultural and economic ties between the two cities. Sadly Katherine

                                                                                                                                                            passed away in February 2008 and is missed by all who knew her. She was a special person and this annual award is
                                                                                                                                                            to honour and remember her name. The award will be given at our final concert on Sunday afternoon, 22nd February.

                                                                                                                                                            Young Songwriter of the Year 2009 will be chosen by the Panarts team and will receive an Avalon Guitar and a trophy
                                                                                                                                                                                                        donated by Belfast City Council.
To the songwriters taking part this year. To the Panarts Trustees Joe Duffy, Ruth Dilly and Alan Grattan & festival
volunteers; Clare Duffy, Sam, Trish & Michael Weir, Louise & John Kelly, Joe Gillen, Andy Peters, Charlie Pettigrew,
                                                                                                                                                                                           More details will be announced at
Jackie Rainey, Daire Moffatt & Jenny Carpenter, Kevin Ballance, Cathy Jayat, Michael & Rain Magee, Louise Gault, Paul
Kay, Anne & Ian Madden, David McCann, Edel Close, Gerry Creen. Ruth’s Team; Veronica, Ciaran, Collette, Margaret,
Nuala & Nan. Big thank you to all our sponsors and to those who have given sound advice including, Carolyn Mathers &
Marie-Therese McGivern, Stephen Magorrian, Rebecca Caines, Aubrey Irwin, Eileen & Julie at Belfast Welcome Centre.
Thanks Roy, Darragh & Keith. To our webmaster Nick Martin, thanks for working so hard all year round
                                                                                                                                                                    SiSter CitieS with a Shared MuSiCal heritage
4 Wednesday 18th February                                                 Tickets Online at
                                                                          Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                5 Wednesday 18th February
                                                                          (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

DeCLaN O’ROuRKe iN CONCeRt                                                                                                      tia SiLLeRS MaRK SeLby &
                                                                                  Declan O’Rourke                               buDDy MONDLOCK ‘iN tHe ROuND’
                                                                                  ‘Declan O’Rourke is such an incredible
                                                                                  talent, every one should own his beautiful
                                                                                                                                SuPPORt by SuPeRb beLFaSt SONGWRiteRS:
                                                                                  album, he is a rare gem and a true
                                                                                  genius’ - Kate Rusby                          CaRa RObiNSON, JaCKie RaiNey & KayLa KaVaNaGH
                                                                                  In an interview with Q Magazine, Paul
                                                                                  Weller said the one song he wished            tia Sillers                                                                Mark Selby
                                                                                  he had written was Galileo by Declan
                                                                                  O’Rourke. Declan used to be one of            The #1 song I Hope You             Gill have also recorded her             A virtuoso guitarist and         making it the longest #1
                                                                                  Ireland’s best kept secrets, but rave         Dance earned Nashville’s           songs. With Mark Selby, she             dynamic live performer           song in rock chart history.
                                                                                  reviews and a growing international           Tia Sillers a Grammy award         received a Grammy for the               Mark Selby has written           He has released four
                                                                                  fan base and an enviable collection of        for Best Country Song              Dixie Chicks 13 million selling         more than 40 hits                internationally acclaimed
                                                                                  eminent devotees are rapidly changing         along with numerous other          hit There’s Your Trouble.               including 4 #1 songs.            albums, his latest Nine
                                                                                  that. The buzz is growing, based on the       awards. Artists including Alan                                             With Tia Sillers he              Pound Hammer.
                                                                                  simplicity of great songs and a unique        Jackson, Trisha Yearwood,          Youtube - Lee Ann Womack                co-wrote the song Blue
                                                                                  voice. He has an understated charm and        Martina McBride, Wynonna,          sings Tia Sillers song I hope           On Black which held    
                                                                                  a quick-wittedness that make him a            Patty Loveless and Vince           you dance                               the #1 Billboard Chart           Check out Mark on
                                                                                  wonderful live performer. His latest CD                                                                                  position for 17 weeks            Youtube
                                                                                  release is Big Bad Beautiful World.
                                                                                                                                                                            Madisons Hotel Basement - Botanic Avenue - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £10
                                                                                  and listen to the wonderful Galileo.
                                                                                                                                buddy Mondlock
                                                                                                                                ‘He represents the best of the new                Brooks. In 2003 Buddy toured North
                                                                                                 generation of singer/songwriters. His             America and Europe with Art Garfunkle. His
                                                                                         writing style is grounded in the traditions       latest album, The Edge of the World was
                                                                                                                                of the past, but has it’s heart in the            released in 2007. Buddy first appeared at
                                                                                                                                present. He is one of my favourite writers’       the festival in 2005 and we are delighted
                                             Empire Music Hall - Botanic Avenue - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £18                  - Nanci Griffith                                  to have him back.

                                                                                                                                Based in Nashville, Buddy’s songs have   www.
Rachel austin                                   GeRRy CReeN                                                                     been recorded by many including Nanci   
                                                                                                                                Griffiths, Janis Ian, Guy Clark and Garth

                                                                                                                                HaRVeSt ReViSiteD
                                                Local songwriter Gerry Creen is
                                                well known in Belfast’s popular
                                                music venues. After hearing
                                                him sing, Gerry Anderson of
                                                Radio Ulster wrote: “Gerry                                                      Harvest Revisited is collaboration            Harvest was the biggest-selling record
                                                Creen had the audience in the                                                   between the Oh Yeah music centre              in 1972 and a commercial highpoint
                                                Black Box captivated. A singer                                                  and the Belfast Nashville Songwriters’        for Neil Young. Backed by the Stray
                                                with talent and passion.” Gerry                                                 Festival. Ten acts will re-imagine the        Gators and supported by the London
                                                has played on the same bill                                                     Neil Young album, playing the tracks          Symphony Orchestra, it was scored
                                                as Louden Wainwright, Ralph                                                     in the original sequence. Oh Yeah’s           by the legendary Jack Nizsche. Tracks
                                                McTell, Paul Brady & Christy                                                    Stuart Bailie will put the album in           such as Heart Of Gold and The Needle
Rachel grew up in the Blue Ridge                                                                                                context with an introductory talk and         And The Damage Done have passed
Mountains of Virginia, where she was                                                                                            then provide notes about each song.           into musical mythology.
surrounded by music. Her ability to weld                                                                                        The confirmed acts are:
poetry and original melodies together in                                                                                                                                      This is an alcohol-free event. All ages
                                                youtube - Gerry Creen on
song sets her music apart.                                                                                                      Cat Malojian, Dolbro Dan, Push                are welcome. Tickets are £10
                                                Balcony TV
                                                                                                                                Borders, Jackson Cage, Ten Gallon             The Oh Yeah music centre,                                                                                                   Hat and others, TBA. For updates on           15-21 Gordon St,
youtube - Rachel Austin: Kick Out The Jams                                                                                      the acts involved and the selected            Belfast BT1 2LG                      Tickets Online at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                tracks, check
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609
6 free showcase events                                         Tickets Online at
                                                               Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                     7 thursday 19th February
                                                               (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

                                                                                                                     NaNCi GRiFFitH DeCLaN O’ROuRKe & KeN HaDDOCK
beLFaSt NaSHViLLe SONGWRiteRS’ SHOWCaSe                                                                              ‘iN tHe ROuND’ CONCeRt
aLL eVeNtS ON tHiS PaGe aRe FRee                                                                                     SuPPORt: CaRa COWaN & JOHN MaNN
                                                                                                                     Nanci Griffith
                                                   Live @ Madisons                                                   ‘The songwriters festival in Belfast     Carnegie Hall, Nashville’s Grand
                                                                                                                     has become my annual vacation.           Ole Opry and London’s Royal
                                                   WED 18TH FEB FREE                                                 It’s an extraordinary event. I           Albert Hall. The Belfast Nashville
                                                                                                                     got to visit the schools in north        Songwriters’ Festival is thrilled for
                                                   8.20pm    Brendan Monaghan
                                                                                                                     Belfast where children from the          the third year to welcome back one
                                                   9.00pm    Ria Maguire
                                                                                                                     Catholic and Protestant schools got      of the most admired and acclaimed
                                                   9.40pm    John Mann (Can)
                                                                                                                     together… it was amazing’                of singer songwriters with her
                                                   10.20pm   Joan McEldowney
                                                                                                                                                              beautiful voice, brilliant song
                                                   11.00pm   Colin McGrath (USA)
                                                                                                                     Nanci Griffith’s musical journey         writing and uncommon emotional
                                                             Winner Belfast Nashville Song Contest 2009
                                                                                                                     has taken her from folk and              commitment.
                                                             With his song ‘Grin Like That’
                                                                                                                     country roots, to her own brand
                                                                                                                     of “folkabilly”; from Austin’s Hole
                                                   THURS 19TH FEB FREE                                               In The Wall bar to New York’s
                                                   8.20pm    Justin Black (USA)
                                                   9.00pm    John McGurgan
                                                             Jackie Rainey & Cara Robinson
                                                             Sean Rea
                                                                                                                                                                         Ken Haddock
                                                   11.00pm   Anthony Toner                                                                                               A naturally gifted vocalist, Ken Haddock has been hugely popular with
                                                                                                                                                                         Belfast audiences since the late ‘90s. His CDs The Sweetest Hour and
                                                   FRI 20TH FEB FREE                                                                                                     the most recent release Almost are collections of beautiful, inspirational
                                                                                                                                                                         original songs. As a successful local performer, Ken has made a number
                                                   7.30pm    Regular at Madisons                                                                                         of appearances at the festival where he has appeared on stage with
                                                             Rab McCullough Blues                                                                                        internationally acclaimed artists including Paul Brady.
                                                   10.00pm   Matthew McCafferty
                                                   10.40pm   Gentry Morris (USA)                                                                                         For video clips & info visit: or
                                                   11.20pm   Gerard McCartan & The B Sides                                                                     

    Live @ the John Hewitt                                                                                                                                           Empire Music Hall - Botanic Avenue - Doors Open 7.30pm - Tickets £24

    FRI 20TH FEB FREE                                                                                                                                                        Declan O’Rourke
    9.00pm    David McCann                                                                                                                                                   ‘A rich soulful musical voice and a brilliant instrumental ability’
    9.40pm    Silhouette featuring Shauna Tohill                                                                                                                             Paul Brady see page 4 for more info on Declan
    10.20pm   Last Minute (USA)
    11.00pm   Paul Liddell

                                                                                                                                                                              John Mann
                                                                                                                                                    Cara Cowan                Canadian songwriter John Mann pens beautiful melodies with
    9.00pm    Rachel Austin (USA)                                                                                                                                             emotionally honest lyrics. John has released two excellent CDs
                                                                                                                                                    Quality song              Acoustic Kitty & December Looms
    9.40pm    Gerry Creen
                                                                                                                                                    writing from
    10.20pm   Cara Cowan
                                                                                                                                                    young local artist
    11.00pm   Kyle John Suckling
                                                                                                                                                    Cara Cowan…
                                                                                                                                                    fabulous live                                      Tickets Online at
                                                                                                                                                    performer                                          Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609
8 thursday 19th February                                                                                                           9 thursday 19th February

Josh Rouse in Concert                                                                                                              bMi LONDON PReSeNtS
Support: Siobhan Skates & Matthew McCafferty                                                                                       OPPeNHeiMeR & KeNNeDy
josh rouse                                                                                                                         iN CONCeRt                             Madisons Hotel - 59 Botanic Avenue - Doors Open 8pm - Part Seated - Tickets £6
‘Obvious love and affection and         love with my record collection all
literate craft’ - Uncut Mag             over again”. Since his highly                                                              kennedy
                                        acclaimed debut, Josh Rouse                                                   Josh Rouse   The phenomenon known simply            with a genre that can probably
Roots pop singer/songwriter Josh        has been honing his skills as a                                                            as Kennedy shot to fame with a         best be described as 70’s Disco
Rouse wrote his first song at 18 and
has to date released seven albums.
                                        songwriter, singer and guitar player.         Matthew McCafferty                           music video for his song called        and modern day Techno or
                                                                                                                                   Your Mama which swept the              Electronica music. An artist for
Kurt Wagner of Lambchop called          Check out Quiet Town on YouTube.              Matthew McCafferty’s work is rooted
                                                                                                                                   internet community with one            all you movers and groovers!
him “sublime”; Michael Timmins                             in his native Belfast City but also has a
                                                                                                                                   million downloads in one week!
of Cowboy Junkies said he was                      universal feel about it. Currently working
                                                                                                                                   Kennedy is a musical artist from
responsible for making him “fall in                                                   on songs for his forthcoming EP, this is
                                                                                                                                   California who currently works
                                                                                      Matthew’s second appearance at the
                                                                                      Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival
Siobhan Skates                                                                                                                     Oppenheimer
Siobhan Skates was born and raised in Sydney Australia but now lives in Belfast. A regular                                         Oppenheimer are an indy pop             bands to come out of Ireland
presenter on BBC Radio Ulster, Siobhan’s first solo CD is due for release in early 2009.                                           electronica band from Belfast           in recent years. Stunning live                                                                                                              whose powerful synth-rock               performances.
                                                                                                                                   never seems to leave audiences
                                                                                                                                   disappointed. One of the best 
  Art College Students’ Union - York Street (Near St Anne’s Cathedral) - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £16

tiFt MeRRitt buDDy MONDLOCK & DaNa COOPeR                                                                                          Catie CuRtiS iN CONCeRt
‘iN tHe ROuND’ CONCeRt SuPPORt: aNtON GLaCKiN                                                                                      SuPPORt: GeNtRy MORRiS, Ria MaGuiRe
                                                                                                                                   catie curtis
              tift merritt                              dana cooper                           buddy mondlock                       ‘One of the real treasures of the          a dedicated following that has
                                                                                                                                   contemporary singer songwriter             grown steadily over the course of
              ‘the most accomplished new American       ‘Dana’s songs are powerful            Visit Buddy Mondlock’s website       scene. Her voice is so completely          her 15-year career. With 9 albums
              female singer-songwriter to emerge in     with a thread of poetry through       and read about him on page 5         engaging and so uniquely different,        and recognition that includes a
              a decade’- Uncut magazine                 them and I love his percussive                                             that it is instantly recognizable’ -       2006 International Songwriting
                                                        style of guitar playing’ - Maura                     Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange             Competition Grand Prize, Curtis has
              Grammy-nominated Tift was raised          O Connell                             buddymondlock                                                                   proven that she’s the real deal.
              in North Carolina. With her delicate,                                                 With her intoxicating brand
              honeyed voice and thoughtfully crafted    Audiences will remember                                                    of folk pop music, smart and               Listen to Happy on YouTube.
              lyrics she has recorded five albums       this Nashville artist from his
              including Another Country in 2008.        vibrant performances at the           anton glackin                        enduring lyrics and engaging
                                                                                                                                   personality, Curtis has created
                                                                                                                                                                                                                McHugh’s Bar - 20 Queens Sq - Doors Open 8pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tickets £8
              Her songs are a subtle synthesis of       first Belfast Nashville in 2005.
              Nashville influences with artful shades   His highly original lyrics, skilful   Original songs written by
                                                                                              Anton Glackin are reminiscent
              of folk, rock, blues and soul.            guitar work and evocative
                                                        vocals have earned him a              of the biting lyrics and social      gentry morris                                                              ria maguire
              Click and      devoted following.                    commentary of early Dylan and are
                                                                                              performed with the smoothness of     From South Georgia, Gentry Morris has also lived in Nashville and          Passionate writing coupled with a unique voice
              listen to Broken.
                                                                                              James Taylor and the conviction of   now Belfast is home. He has a gift for creating memorable songs            brimming over with emotion, Ria has much to offer
                                                                                              Christy Moore.                       and has a unique and individual sound. Gentry is definitely a name         the Northern Irish music scene, and beyond. Her
                                                                                                                                   to remember!                                                               debut EP is set to be released in February.

           Castlereagh Civic Centre - Upper Galwally Road (Near Forestside) - Doors open 7.30pm - Tickets £10             YouTube - Gentry Morris (LIVE) - The Waltz  
10 thursday 19th February                                        Tickets Online at
                                                                 Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                       11 thursday 19th February
                                                                 (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

SteVe HaRLey OF COCKNey RebeL                                                                                          PRS PReSeNtS
beHiND tHe SONGS                                                  SteVe HaRLey                                         FOy VaNCe iN CONCeRt
LiVe SHOW at tHe KiNGS HeaD                                       In this unique one-off show, Steve will perform
                                                                  his hit songs live on stage at The Kings Head
                                                                                                                       SuPPORt JOe eCHO
COMPeRe RaLPH MCLeaN                                              and will talk about his career with the BBC’s

                                                                  ‘Mr Music’ Ralph McLean. Joining Steve in
                                                                  his performance will be world-class violinist
                                                                                                                       foy vance
                                                                  Barry Wickens. Steve Harley is best known for        `the most important solo musician to emerge from Northern
                                                                  his work with ‘70s band Cockney Rebel and            Ireland since Van Morrison’ - Belfast Telegraph
                                                                  his multi-million selling hit Make Me Smile
                                                                  (Come Up and See Me). Other classic Harley           With a distinctive, cracked, soulful voice and the skill to
                                                                  recordings include Sebastian, Judy Teen and          write profound storytelling songs Foy Vance belongs to a
                                                                  Mr Soft. He has released several solo albums         calibre of artists that stands the test of time, irrespective

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Ken Haddock
                                                                  since the band split - Yes You Can in 1992,          of trends or fads, delivering heartfelt songs about the
                                                                  Poetic Justice in 1996, and most recently,           human condition that everyone can relate to. Already hugely
                                                                  The Quality of Mercy in 2005, the first since        popular in the UK Foy also has been able to reach American
                                                                  the 70s to be released with the Cockney              audiences with the songs Gabriel And The Vagabond and
                                                                  Rebel name. Steve and his band continue to           Homebird featuring on the hit TV drama Grey’s Anatomy.
                                                                  tour regularly, playing between 70 and 100           Foy’s debut album Hope was released last summer to wide
                                                                  concerts most years.                                 critical acclaim.                                                 Black Box - 18 Hill Street - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £14

                                                                                                                                                                  joe echo
                                                                  For details on Ben Glover, see page 12
                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Joe Echo has one of the most extraordinary voices I’ve heard in a long time’ - Gary
                                                                                                                                                                  Lightbody. Stunning performances and superb songs from local artist Joe Echo.


                                                                                                                       JaCKSON CaGe iN CONCeRt
                                                                                                                       SuPPORt: WiNNeR OF OuR 2009 iNteRNatiONaL SONG
                                                                                                                       WRitiNG COMPetitiON COLiN MCGRatH uSa PLuS tWO
  Kings Head - 829 Lisburn Road - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £18
                                                                                                                       OF tHe RuNNeRS uP, LiSa HaKe uSa & PauL LiDDeLL
                                                                                                                                                                   The Roost, 46 Church Lane - (between High St & Anne St) - Doors 8pm - £5
 “One of the finest lyricists the UK has
 ever produced” Rod Stewart                                                                                               jackson cage         Belfast-based 6 piece folk rock group Jackson Cage are influenced by 60’s and 70’s groups such as
                                                                                                                                               The Band. So if you like your rock with a twist of folk and country, a squeeze of west coast and served
                                                                                                                                               in a dirty glass then put on your flowery shirt and enjoy their show.
                                                                                                    Ralph Mclean                     
  12 Friday 20th February                                                                              Tickets Online at
                                                                                                       Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                                             13 Friday 20th February                                                      Tickets Online at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                       (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609                                                                                         (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

  beN GLOVeR & tHe eaRLS iN CONCeRt                                                                                                                          tHea GiLMORe buDDy MONDLOCK & PauL CaSey
  SuPPORt PaWet biGNeLL & JOaN MCeLDOWNey                                                                                                                    ‘iN tHe ROuND CONCeRt’
                                                                                                                                                             SuPPORt KyLe JOHN SuCKLiNG
                                                                                             ben glover & the earls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   thea Gilmore
                                                                                             ‘Great debut album                 with special guest artists                                                          ‘Each of her eight albums,           made her debut in 2001. Widely
                                                                                             from a major talent in             including Grammy Award                                                              including the latest, Liejacker,     recognised for her talents as
                                                                                             the making’ - Maverick             winners Vince Gill and                                                              has been more critically             a lyricist and musician she is,
                                                                                             Magazine                           Jim Lauderdale, proof                                                               acclaimed than the last, this is     according to Mojo Magazine “the
                                                                                                                                enough that this is a                                                               overachievement on a grand           most coherent and literate of
                                                                                             Ben Glover and The Earls           band producing great                                                                scale, and the reason many in        singer/songwriters”.
                                                                                             have been making waves             music.
Photo by Kevin Ballance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the business are keeping a close
                                                                                             both at home and in                                                                                                    eye on Gilmore’ - The Guardian
                                                                                             Tennessee. Their debut                                                                                                  
                                                                                             album ‘The Weeks the               benglovermusic                                                                      From Oxford, Thea Gilmore
                                                                                             Clocks Changed’ was                Take a look on YouTube
                                                                                             recorded in Nashville
                                                                                                                                                             Paul Casey
    Madisons Hotel - 50 Botanic Avenue Belfast - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £10
                                                                                                                                                             ‘You’re not going to hear anything much      of some of the biggest names in the
                                                                                                                                                             better than this in the world’ - Gerry       business and was special guest on Chris
                                                                                                                                                             Anderson, BBC Radio Ulster                   Rea’s Farewell Tour. Paul’s third album
  Joan Mceldowney                             Joan’s first album Storm received
                                              great reviews and she is currently    Pawet bignell          Pawet has become a well know performer
                                                                                                           at local songwriters’ sessions. Great guitar      A prolific songwriter, an engaging
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blow Away The Clouds, follows the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          critically acclaimed Slow Water.
                                              working on a new release.                                    style with unique songs and vocal.                performer and exceptional slide guitarist,
                                                                                                                                                             Paul Casey is a musician for fans of

  eSKiMOS FaLL & KaGuRa iN CONCeRt
                                                                                                                                                             real music. He has caught the attention

                                                                                                                                                               Black Box - 18 Hill Street - Doors Open 9.30pm - Tickets £14

  eskimos Fall                                                     kagura                                                                                    Kyle John Suckling
    From Belfast, Eskimos Fall mix                                 Fronted by joint male/female                                                              ‘Remember the name... And       crafted and full of charm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   buddy Mondlock
    great acoustic-rock music with                                 vocalists, Kagura employ                                                                  if there’s any justice in the   Listen to his superb album,                                           ‘I first saw Buddy at the
    instruments like the violin and have                           contrasting acoustic and electric                                                         world of singer songwriting,    I Am A Tree.                                                          Kerrville Folk Festival.
    a strong focus on lyrical content.                             guitars seamlessly fused with                                                             Kyle John Suckling will be a                                                                          He blew me away! Pay
                                                                   soaring harmonies and melody.                                                             star’ - Belfast Telegraph                                                   attention to Buddy; he’s                                                                                                                                                              Youtube - Kyle Suckling live                                          a great writer’ Guy Clark                                                                                                  His songs are beautifully       at Hilden Brewery                                                     More details on Buddy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   see page 5

                                                                                                                                                             SONG WRitiNG CONVeNtiON
                          Art College - York Street (Near St Anne’s Cathedral) - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £5

                                                                                                                                                             iN aSSOCiatiON WitH aVaLON GuitaRS
                                                                                                                                                             WeD 18 - Sat 21 Feb
                                                                                                                                                             20 Seminars with world class songwriters and
                                                                                                                                                             leading music industry experts.
                                                                                                                                                             See pages 30 & 31.
                                                                                                                                                             Updates at
14 Friday 20th February
                                                                                                                                  at a GLaNCe
                                                                                                                                                                 Tickets Online at
                                                                                                                                                                 Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place (Near Belfast City Hall)
                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 02890 246609

tiFt MeRRitt iN CONCeRt                                                                                                           Wed 18 Feb 2009                                            Venue                                Time          Price
SuPPORt DaNa COOPeR & iaN SMitH                                                                                                   Declan O’Rourke In Concert                                  EMPIRE MUSIC HALL                 8.00pm          £18
                                                                                                                                  Support: Gerry Creen, Rachael Austin                        BOTANIC AVENUE

                                             tift Merritt                                                                         Tia Sillers, Mark Selby & Buddy Mondlock                    MADISONS HOTEL                    8.00pm          £10
                                                                                                                                  In The Round                                                BASEMENT
      ‘Merritt is really the entire package. Her vocals are
expressive, rough-edged or hush-toned depending on the                                                                            Support: Cara Robinson & Jackie Rainey, Kayla               BOTANIC AVENUE
          needs of the material’ - Country Standard Time                                                                          Kavanagh
                                     More on Tift on page 8
                                                                                                                                  Harvest Revisited                                           OH YEAH CENTRE                    8.00pm          £10
                                                                                                                                                                                              15-21 GORDON STREET

                                              Dana Cooper                             ian Smith                                   Live @ Madisons
                                                                                                                                  Brendan Monaghan, Ria Maguire, John Mann,
                                                                                                                                                                                              MADISONS HOTEL                    9.00pm          FREE

                                                                                                                                  Joan McEldowney & Colin McGrath
                                              “A writer who is capable of             From Scotland Ian is now based in
                                              creating striking images... A           Donegal. His debut album “Restless
                                              driving acoustic rocker...” -           Heart” is a wonderful collection of songs
                                              Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone           with themes of hope and possibility.        Thurs 19 Feb 2009                                          Venue                                Time          Price
                                                                                                                                  Nanci Griffith, Declan O’Rourke & Ken Haddock               EMPIRE MUSIC HALL                 7.30pm          £24
                                                                                                                                  In The Round                                                BOTANIC AVENUE
                        The Baby Grand @ the Grand Opera House - Great Victoria Street - Box Office 9024 1919                     Support: Ciara Cowan, John Mann
               - Ticket prices include development donation - Doors 8pm - Tickets £14
                                                                                                                                  Josh Rouse                                                  ART COLLEGE                       8.00pm          £16
                                                                                                                                  In Concert                                                  STUDENTS UNION
                                                                                                                                  Support: Matthew McCafferty, Siobhan Skates                 YORK STREET

iN CONCeRt POCKet PROMiSe                                                                                                         Tift Merritt, Buddy Mondlock & Dana Cooper                  CASTLEREAGH CIVIC                 7.30pm          £10
SuPPORt JJ GiLMORe SiObHaN SKateS Matt MCGiNN tHe GOOD FiGHt                                                                      In The Round
                                                                                                                                  Support: Anton Glackin
                                                                                                                                                                                              UPPER GALWALLY ROAD

Pocket Promise                                                      the Good Fight                                                BMI London Presents                                         MADISONS HOTEL                    8.00pm          £6
“Well crafted brooding indie guitar swing with piano                ‘The Good Fight are the deserved winners of ATL               Oppenheimer & Kennedy                                       BASEMENT
trimmings” - David Roy, Irish News                                  RockSchool 2008. Their sound incorporates the lusher                                                                      BOTANIC AVENUE
                                                                    elements of Radiohead and Coldplay’ - Feargal O’Kane
Tight, original beats, intricate violin melodies and solid          ATL Producer
                                                                                                                                  Steve Harley                                                KINGS HEAD                        8.00pm          £18
bassline grooves played well sets this band apart.
                                                                                                                                  Behind The Songs Live Show                                  829 LISBURN ROAD                                       JJ Gilmore                                                    Support: Ben Glover
                                                                    “One of Scotland’s best singer songwriters.” - Billy
                                                                    Sloan (Sunday mail)
Siobhan Skates                                            
                                                                                                                                  PRS Presents
                                                                                                                                  Foy Vance
                                                                                                                                                                                              BLACK BOx
                                                                                                                                                                                              18 HILL STREET
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8.00pm          £14

She has been part of a duo, an all-girl accapella group   
                                                                                                                                  In Concert
and lead singer with Sheila and the Shakers.
                                                                                                                                  Support: Joe Echo                                               Matt McGinn
                                                                    In the last year Matt released his debut E.P and has blown    Catie Curtis                                                MCHUGH’S BAR                      8.00pm          £8
                                                                    audiences away at high profile gigs in London and Ireland.    In Concert                                                  29 QUEEN’S SQUARE
 McHugh’s Bar - 29 Queen Square - Doors 8pm - Tickets £5  
                                                                                                                                  Support: Gentry Morris, Ria Maguire
Live @ Madisons                                        MADISONS HOTEL       9.00pm      FREE    Live @ John Hewitt                                        JOHN HEWITT BAR                        9.00pm -   FREE
Justin Black, Sean Rea, Jackie Rainey & Cara           BASEMENT                                 David McCann, Silhouette featuring Shauna                 DONEGALL ST                            11.00pm
Robinson, John McGurgan, Anthony Toner                 BOTANIC AVENUE                           Tohill, Last Minute & Paul Liddell

Jackson Cage in Concert                                THE ROOST            9.00pm      £5
In The Round                                           46 CHURCH LANE                           Sat 21 Feb 2009                                               Venue                               Time      Price
Support: 2009 Belfast Nashville Songwriters’ Contest
winner Colin McGrath (USA), runners up Lisa Hake                                                Raul Malo                                                     KINGS HEAD                         8.00pm     £18
(USA) & Paul Liddell (UK)                                                                       In Concert                                                    829 LISBURN ROAD
                                                                                                Support: John Mann & Maria Butterly
Fri 20 Feb 2009                                        Venue                 Time       Price
                                                                                                The Minnows                                                   MADISONS HOTEL                     4.00pm     £10
Foy Vance, Mark Selby & Tia Sllers                     KINGS HEAD           8.00pm      £24     In concert                                                    BASEMENT
In The Round                                           829 LISBURN ROAD                         Support: Emer O’Neill Band & Scott Shipley (USA)              BOTANIC AVENUE
Support: Sean Rea, Brett Perkins
                                                                                                Nanci Griffith                                                MAY STREET CHURCH                  7.30pm     £24
Raul Malo, Benita Hill & Anthony Toner                 BLACK BOx            5.30pm      £18     In Concert                                                    (BEHIND CITY HALL)
In The Round                                           18 HILL STREET                           Support: John D’Arcy
Support: Thom Southern
                                                                                                Language Day                                                  BABY GRAND                         8.00pm     £5
Thea Gilmore, Buddy Mondlock & Paul Casey              BLACK BOx            9.30pm      £18     Different Drums of Ireland, Malachy Duffin,                   GRAND OPERA HOUSE
In The Round                                           18 HILL STREET                           Pawet Bignell & Victor Henriquez                              GREAT VICTORIA ST
Support: Kyle John Suckling
                                                                                                Tennessee Hennessee’s &                                       ART COLLEGE                        8.00pm     £5
Josh Rouse, Eilidh Patterson & Catie Curtis            MAY STREET CHURCH    7.30pm      £16     Bourbon Street Preachers                                      STUDENTS UNION
In The Round                                           (BEHIND CITY HALL)                                                                                     YORK STREET
Support: John McGurgan
                                                                                                Thea Gilmore                                                  BLACK BOx                          8.00pm     £14
Tift Merritt                                           BABY GRAND           8.00pm      £14     In Concert                                                    18 HILL STREET
In Concert                                             GRAND OPERA HOUSE                        Support Matt McGinn & Sarah Elaine
Support: Dana Cooper & Ian Smith                       GREAT VICTORIA ST
                                                                                                Live @ John Hewitt                                            JOHN HEWITT BAR                    9.00pm     FREE
Eskimos Fall                                           ART COLLEGE          8.00pm      £5      Cara Cowan, Rachel Austin,                                    DONEGALL ST
Kagura                                                 STUDENTS UNION                           Kyle John Suckling & Gerry Creen
                                                       YORK STREET

Ben Glover & The Earls                                 MADISONS HOTEL       8.00pm      £10     Sun 22 Feb 2009                                               Venue                               Time      Price
Support: Joan McEldowney & Pawet Bignell               BASEMENT
                                                       BOTANIC AVENUE                           5th Birthday Concert                                          MADISONS HOTEL                     3.00pm     £8
                                                                                                Several songwriters,                                          BASEMENT
Pocket Promise                                         MCHUGH’S BAR         8.00pm      £5      2 songs each:                                                 BOTANIC AVENUE
Support: The Good Fight, JJ Gilmore, Siobhan           29 QUEEN’S SQUARE                        Tia Sillers, Mark Selby, Nanci Griffith,
Skates & Matt McGinn                                                                            John D’Arcy, Gerry Creen, Declan Doherty,
                                                                                                Anthony Toner
Rab McCullough                                         MADISONS HOTEL       7.30pm -    FREE
                                                       BASEMENT             9.30pm
                                                       BOTANIC AVENUE

Live @ Madisons                                        MADISONS HOTEL       10.00pm -   FREE    Tickets Online at
Matthew McCafferty, Gentry Morris &                    BASEMENT             12.00am             Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609
Gerard McCartan & The B Sides                          BOTANIC AVENUE                           Support Live Music
18 belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival                                                                                                 19 Friday 20th February
                                                                                    Tickets Online at
                                                                                    Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place

VeNueS MaP                                                                                                                                Foy Vance, tia Sillers & Mark Selby
                                                                                    (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

                                                                                                                                          ‘in the Round’ Concert
                                                                                                                                          Support: Sean Rea & brett Perkins
                                                                                                                                          This is a unique opportunity to hear three      I bought Tia’s CD after the Feb ‘06
                                                                                                                                          outstanding artists play ‘In The Round’.        Festival. It is an awesome collection of
                                                                                                                                          The three songwriters will share the stage      great songs from a first class writer who’s
                                                                                                                                          and each will perform one song at a time.       also one helluva performer.
                                                                 1                                                                        This concert promises to be a musical           Willie Evans, Scotland on CD baby
                                                                                                                                          experience to remember,
                                                                                                                                                                                          “Mark Selby’s in the same league as
                                                                                                                                          ‘Foy is one of the most soulful and             Bruce Springsteen, with meaty words,
                                                                                                                                          powerful singers and writers I’ve heard in      a compelling voice, and tracks that
                                                                     23                                                                   a long while’ Bonnie Raitt                      have more groove than a vintage vinyl
                                                                              4                                                                                                           record.” American Songwriter


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                                                   10        5

                                                                                                                                            Kings Head - 829 Lisburn Road - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £14

            9                                                                                10
                                                                                                                                          Sean Rea                                                         brett Perkins
     1   Art College Students Union, York Street    7   Madison’s Hotel Botanic Avenue
                                                                                                                                          His songs are catchy with vivid imagery and there is             Performing songwriter Brett Perkins was runner up in the
     2   Black Box, Hill Street                     8   May Street Church, (Behind Belfast City Hall)
                                                                                                                                          a melodic soulful quality to his work. CD’s are ‘Rainy           festival’s International Song Writing Competition 2009. He
     3   Oh Yeah Music Centre, Gordon Street        9   Kings head, Lisburn Road
                                                                                                                                          Days in Belfast’ and ‘Days of Shadow Days of Sun’                divides his living and touring between Europe and the US.
     4   McHugh’s Bar, Queens Square               10   Castlereagh Civic Centre, Upper Galwally Road
     5   Empire Music Hall, Botanic Avenue         11   Baby Grand, Grand Opera House
         The Roost Lounge, 46 Church Lane
20 Friday 20th February                                                         Tickets Online at
                                                                                Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                      21 Friday 20th February
                                                                                (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

‘iN tHe ROuND’ CONCeRt                                                                                                                JOSH ROuSe, eiLiDH PatteRSON & Catie CuRtiS
RauL MaLO (OF tHe MaVeRiCKS)                                                                                                          ‘iN tHe ROuND’
ON StaGe WitH beNita HiLL & aNtHONy tONeR                                                                                             SuPPORt JOHN MCGuRGaN                      A very special ‘In The Round’ with three very unique song writers
                                                                                                                                                                                 on stage together.

SuPPORt LOCaL SONGWRiteR tHOM SOutHeRN                                                                                                Josh Rouse
MC RaLPH MCLeaN                                                                                                                       ‘It takes something special to make
                                                                                                                                      a chilly Monday night feel like a
Raul Malo                                                                                                                             lazy, snaking drive around the South
                                                                                                                                      Coast of America with the top down
                                                                                                                                      and a mid-Atlantic station on the
‘Raul Malo has a voice on          Raul has pursued a solo
                                                                                                                                      radio but Josh Rouse manages it’ -
par with the best of them:         career which encompasses
                                                                                                                                      BBC Review
Sinatra, George Jones and          numerous genres of
Orbison’ - Rolling Stone           American & Cuban music.
                                                                                                                                      Page 8 for more on Josh.
                                   Lucky One is Malo’s first
Raul Malo has proven to            album of original material in
be a world-class musical           seven years. The CD will hit
talent. He is an accomplished      the streets on March 3rd with
guitarist, record producer         the new single Hello Again.
but best know as the lead
singer and songwriter with
the Grammy Award winning,
platinum selling band the          YouTube Dance the Night                                                                                                                          eilidh Patterson
Mavericks. Since then              Away
                                                                                                                                                                                    From the young girl who came to the      Griffith, Gretchen Peters and Kimmie
                                                                                                                                                                                    festival in 2005 to improve her song     Rhodes.
                                                                                                                                                                                    writing skills, Eilidh now has become
                                benita Hill      Now a regular performer at the festival, we are thrilled to welcome Benita
                                                 Hill back to Belfast. From Nashville, she is the writer of three multi-
                                                                                                                                                                                    a very accomplished performer. Her
                                                                                                                                                                                    songs bring a message as passionate
                                                 platinum songs for Garth Brooks including It Was Your Song. Recently she                                                           and fresh as her voice. In recent - Eilidh Patterson
                                                 has embarked on a new series for television The Healing Power of a Song.                                                           years she has shared the stage with      - You are There
                                                                                                                                                                                    international artists including Nanci

                                anthony toner                                                                                                         ‘With a clear, deceptively gentle
                                Anthony Toner songs cover subjects as                                                                 Catie Curtis    voice, she can turn on a dime and
                                diverse as disoriented spacemen, urban                                                                                thrill the listener with unforeseen
                                renewal and Ian Fleming’s links with Northern                                                                         power and emotion’ - Rolling Stone
                                Ireland. He’s emerging as one of our finest                                                                           More about Catie on page 9.
                                songwriters and attracted acclaim and airplay
                                for his album A Sky for Every Day, featuring
                                the superb radio hit Sailortown.                                                                        May Street Church - (Behind City Hall) - Doors Open 7.30pm - Ticket £16
                                Youtube - Sailor Town - Anthony Toner

                                         Black Box - 18 Hill Street - Doors Open 5.30pm - Tickets £18                                 John McGurgan
thom Southern                                                                                                                         John McGurgan is a fine guitarist and
17 year old Thom Southern started playing the guitar 5 years       of his prize was to perform at the songwriters’ festival. This     singer-songwriter from Omagh whose
ago and has been busking in Belfast City Centre for the            talented young songwriter is one to watch out for. Well done       debut album Alone, In Two Minds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tickets Online at
past two years. In November 2008 he won the Belfast City           Thom!!!                                                            impressed many critics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
Centre Management “Busk till Dusk” competition and part                                                                                                                     (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609
                                                                                         23 Saturday 21st February
                    Belfast local history)
                        (and                                                             Sat 21St FebRuaRy iS LaNGuaGe Day
                                                              it matters
                                                 to tourism development in the city      DiFFeReNt DRuMS OF iReLaND iN CONCeRt
                                                     to visitors and cultural tourists
                                          to local businesses and the local economy
                                                                                         SONGS iN DiFFeReNt LaNGuaGeS WitH ViCtOR HeNRiquez
                                          to the preservation of heritage attractions    MaLaCHy DuFFiN & PaWett biGNeLL
                                                         to community development
                                               to local researchers and history buffs

                                           For 52 years Ulster Historical
                                           Foundation has been promoting
                                           interest in Belfast’s wealth of
                                           genealogical and local history

Belfast Genealogy: It Matters Friday, 20 Feb. 2009
To showcase the best of Belfast in terms of heritage and genealogy, the Ulster
Historical Foundation has teamed up with the Belfast-Nashville Songwriters
                                                                                                                                    The Baby Grand @ the Grand Opera House - Doors open 8pm - Tickets £5
Festival and the Lord Mayor’s office to present a special Belfast Genealogy
workshop, free of charge to the public.
                                                                                         Tonight is a celebration of the rich cultural diversity in the   Originally from Chile, Victor Henriquez will be
Scheduled for Friday, 20 February 2009, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, at                      city and includes the international rhythms of the drum          singing songs in Spanish. In Chile his musical work
Clarendon Dock, this one-off event will include contributions from high                  and songs in different languages.                                included composing and performing music for the theatre
profile speakers, including popular author, Glenn Patterson, with music pro-
                                                                                amazing sensory experience, the vibrant drum playing       Local songwriter Malachy Duffin writes beautiful songs
vided by some of the Festival’s songwriting talent. To register contact the              is genuinely stunning but over the top we hear whistles          in both Irish and Ulster Scots. In 2005 he won the Festival
Ulster Historical Foundation at:                                      and pipes playing flying melodies with gorgeous ballads          song competition for best song in Irish
                                                                                         and spoken word sections...” Woven wheat whispers
                                                                                                                                                          Pawett Bignell is well known in the Belfast singer/
               ULSTER HISTORICAL FOUNDATION                                              Different Drums bring together the indigenous drums of           songwriter scene. Today he will be singing some Polish
Cotton Court, 30–42 Waring St, Belfast, BT1 2ED           e.          Ireland, the Lambeg, the Bodhran, and play a range of            songs taught to him by his mother.
           t. +44(0)28 9033 2288                                 pipes including Uilleann pipes, Scottish small pipes and
                                                                                         the Highland bagpipes. All this along with whistles, guitar
The Foundation provides historical research services; publishes quality history          and a range of unique music from Irish, Scots-Irish/Ulster-        Tickets at the Grand Opera House Great Victoria Street
books; maintains online resources; undertakes outreach programmes, locally and           Scots, and African traditions makes their show a unique            Box Office: 9024 1919 or
overseas; and services a research co-operative with a worldwide membership.              and exciting experience                                            Ticket prices include development donation
                                                                                                                                                            Online &
    400 years of Ulster history wrapped up                                     
                                                                                                                                                            Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                                            Tel 02890 246609
24 Saturday 21st February                                                     Tickets Online at
                                                                              Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                    25 Saturday 21st February
                                                                              (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

tHe MiNNOWS iN CONCeRt                                                                                                              NaNCi GRiFFitH iN CONCeRt
SuPPORt eMeR O’NeiLL baND & SCOtt SHiPLey (uSa)                                                                                     SuPPORt JOHN D’aRCy
                                                                                                                                    MC RaLPH MCLeaN

                                                                                                                                    Nanci Griffith
                                                                                                                                    ‘Nanci Griffith is one of life’s observers, an
                                                                                                                                    archivist of memories and one of the most
                                                                                                                                    important voices in Americana’ - BBC

                                                                                                                                    With a career that has spanned nearly three
                                                                                                                                    decades, she has written many wonderful
                                                                                                                                    songs including Late Night Grand Hotel,
                                                                                                                                    Trouble in the Fields, Love at The Five and
                                                                                                                                    Dime and Outbound Plane. Thom Jutz on
                                                                                                                                    guitar and Pat McInerney on drums will
                                                                                                                                    accompany Nanci on stage. Tonight’s venue
                                                                                                                                    can only enhance what promises to be
  Madisons Hotel - Botanic Avenue - Doors Open 4pm - Tickets £10                                                                    another wonderful Nanci Griffith concert.

the Minnows in Concert                                                     emer O’Neill band
‘Beautifully unhinged tunes, all steeped in simple uncluttered             From Belfast, folk singer/songwriter Emer has a
grandeur’ - Belfast Telegraph                                              way with words that politely shock some but ring
                                                                           true with others, tonight she is joined with her band,
Northern Ireland four-piece The Minnows have made a huge                   definitely one watch.
impact on their return to the music scene playing to full houses                                 May Street Church - (Behind City Hall) - Full Seated Concert - Doors Open 7.30 - Ticket £24
in Belfast and London. For the festival they will play an exclusive
one-off show to mark the launch of their new single from the
critically acclaimed Leonard Cohen’s Happy Compared To Me
album which was released in September 2008.                                Scott Shipley, Nashville
                                                                           An award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and                                                                             John D’arcy                                                         songwriter, Scott has shared the stage with everyone                                                                                                                                                                              “...wide-eyed lyricism...where bittersweet
                                                                           from Bill Monroe to Johnny Cash.                                                                                               sentiments and big emotions are painted in
                                                                                                                                                               vivid primary colours - that shows he’s cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                          from some quality cloth.” - Hotpress magazine.

  MORE ABOUT PANARTS                                                                                                                                                                                      John has gathered quite a fan base performing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          songs that reflect a quirky outlook on life. At
  ‘The children gained enormously from the programme in terms of building their confidence and self esteem: finding out                                                                                   this years festival John is launching his new CD
  about other cultures’ Dinah MacManus Principal Holy Family P.S. Belfast                                                                                                                                 More Like Me.
  (Learn About Us schools programme is funded by the Dept. of Education NI)
  Since 1992 Panarts has been developing and delivering programmes in schools and communities both at home and
  abroad. This particular programme encourages pupils to be creative and positive about their lives and share their work
  with schools from other cultural and religious backgrounds. Last year two schools were delighted to have Nanci Griffith
  visit them in North Belfast to perform, chat to the children and view their exhibition work. Nanci enjoyed the experience
  so much she has agreed to visit two schools again during this Festival.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tickets Online at
  Have a look at our web site                                                                                                                                                                Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609
26 Saturday 21st February                                         Tickets Online at
                                                                  Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                        27 Saturday 21st February                                                       Tickets Online at
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                  (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609                                                                                            (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

RauL MaLO iN CONCeRt                                                                                                    tHea GiLMORe iN CONCeRt
SuPPORt JOHN MaNN MaRia butteRLy                                                                                        SuPPORt Matt MCGiNN & SaRaH eLaiNe
                                                                  raul malo                                                                                                      thea Gilmore
                                                                  ‘I just want to dance the night away
                                                                  With Senhoritas who can sway                                                                                   ‘Gilmore is a dream fusion of Lucinda Williams’ song
                                                                  Right now tomorrow’s looking bright                                                                            writing expertise and Chrissie Hynde’s crystalline vocals.
                                                                  Just like the sunny morning light’                                                                             At just 29, the Cheshire-based singer’s grasp of imagery
                                                                  Dance the Night Away Raul Malo                                                                                 can be breathtaking’ - The Guardian
                                                                  Malo has earned much critical respect over
                                                                  the years. USA Today applauded a voice                                                                         Not many songwriters can count Bruce Springsteen and
                                                                  that seems to have no limits of range or                                                                       Joan Baez among their fans but Thea Gilmore can. In
                                                                  versatility. The New York Times said, “he has                                                                  2004, legendary folksinger Joan Baez personally invited
                                                                  an exceptional voice, a burnished tenor that                                                                   Thea to open for her during her tour leading up to the
                                                                  harks back to Roy Orbison and the great Cuban                                                                  US presidential election and also appears on her eighth
                                                                  singer Beny Mor” and The Wall Street Journal                                                                   album Liejacker.
                                                                  said, “Malo’s superb voice is big and melodic
                                                                  with a natural vibrato. Exquisite.”                                                                  
                                                                  This promises to be a memorable night of
                                                                  great songs.

                                                                                                                                Black Box - 18 Hill Street - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets 14
                                John Mann
                               Mann pens beautiful melodies
                               with emotionally honest lyrics
                               that capture the intimate
                                                                                                                           Matt McGinn
                               moments of his hometown of                                                                  ‘Matt McGinn is finding his voice and style with
                               Vancouver.                                                                                  rewarding speed’ - Stuart Baillie BBC Radio Ulster.

                                                                                                  Matt has, over the past year, been making waves
                                                                                                                           and getting the attention he truly deserves.

                               Maria butterly                                                                    
                               Originally from, Co Meath, Maria
                               now lives in Los Angeles and has
                               just recorded her second album                                                              Sarah elaine
                               Nasvhillain Days.                                                                           An insightful and eclectic singer songwriter, she
                                                                                                                           provides both captivating and toe tapping tunes that
                                                                                            will leave you humming long after she has put down
                                                                                    her guitar.

                            Kings Head - 829 Lisburn Road - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £18                         
28 Saturday 21st February                                                      Tickets Online at
                                                                               Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                                                                                     29 SuNDay 22ND February                                                        Tickets Online at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or call at Belfast Welcome Centre 47 Donegall Place
                                                                               (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609                                                                                           (Near Belfast City Hall) Tel: 02890 246609

iN CONCeRt                                                                                                                             5tH biRtHDay CONCeRt
tHe teNNeSSee HeNNeSSeeS                                                                                                               two songs each, ‘in the Round’                                    3pm Madisons Hotel - Botanic Avenue - Tickets £8

SuPPORt bOuRbON StReet PReaCHeRS                                                                                                       Our final concert each year features several international     Big thank you to Nanci Griffith for all her support:
                                                                                                                                       and local songwriters performing two songs each on
the tennessee Hennessees                                                                                                               stage together. We’ve asked some of our finest writers
                                                                                                                                       to perform at the 5th Birthday Concert in Madisons Hotel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      “she has penned some of Country Music’s most enduring
                                                                                                                                                                                                      compositions including EmmyLou Harris & Willie Nelson’s
This new band, made up of five veteran performers of Bluegrass                                                                         Hope you enjoy our celebration of the art of song writing      Gulf Coast Highway, Kathy Mattea’s Love at the Five and
music, are set to light a fire under the Acoustic music scene with                                                                     and the Sister Cities link between Belfast and Nashville.      Dime & Listen to the Radio, Suzy Bogguss’s Outbound
their fiery blend of Bluegrass, Rockabilly and Traditional Country.                                                                                                                                   Plane”
Their music is a tribute to their heroes including Bill Monroe, Flatt                                                                  Grammy Award winning songwriters Nanci Griffith, Tia
and Scruggs, Hank Williams and Carl Perkins.                                                                                           Sillers & Mark Selby will join Anthony Toner, Gerry Creen,
                                                                                                                                       John D’Arcy, Declan Doherty… more to be announced                                                                                                 online at
  Art College Students’ Union - York Street Belfast - (Near St Anne’s Cathedral) - Doors Open 8pm - Tickets £5

                                                                        bourbon Street Preachers
                                                                        Their sound reflects the rich variety of music
                                                                        emanating from New Orleans, Louisiana and the
                                                                        Mississippi Delta, influenced by such great performers
                                                                        as Willie Dixon, Elmore James and Fats Domino.


                                                                                                                                     LOOKiNG aHeaD
                                                                                                                                     PaNaRtS PReSeNtS - MuSiCaL FRONtieRSMeN . . .
                                                                                                                                     We have decided to perform Musical Frontiersmen again and tell the story of Scots-Irish/Ulster-Scots and Irish emigration to
                                                                                                                                     the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries. Back in 1993 and 1994, we toured more than 100 theatres and schools with
                                                                                                                                     our musical show and in 2009 will present the show as a workshop at home and abroad. To find out more about Musical
                                                                                                                                     Frontiersmen, visit our web site or contact Colin Magee by emailing
31 Song writing convention
                                               18TH - 21ST FEBRUARY 2009

                       SONG WRitiNG CONVeNtiON    in association with Avalon Guitars

   improve your song wriTing skills wiTh grammy
     award-winning songwriTers & hiT wriTers
                                             Just a few of the songwriters taking part:

 Tia Sillers & Mark Selby (USA) see pg                 Steve Harley (Eng) see pg 10
                                                                                                             (USA) see pg
                                                                                                Josh Rouse

      Tift Merritt (USA) see pg 8                  Thea Gilmore (Eng) see pg 13                Catie Curtis (USA
                                                                                                                 ) see pg 9

 Learn about the music business
 Playing Live Paul Charles ASGARD UK (book published by Omnibus)
 Life On The Road Phil Kaufman, Road Manager to Gram Parsons, Rolling Stones, Emmylou Harris, Frank Zappa, Etta
 James……… Johnny Knoxville stars as Phil Kaufman in the film ‘Grand Theft Parsons’
 Right Here, Right Now...A Songwriters Guide To Copyright Stuart Fleming PRS
 Income Streams Simon Aldridge BMI London Office
 Home Recording Paul Casey
 IMRO, PRS & BMI panel discussions on new developments in the music business
 Indy Touring Brett Perkins (Swe) Listening Room Concerts Series
 Media Debate including Ralph McLean BBC & Sunday Life, Jonny Tiernan AU Magazine
 More to be announced . . . .

 Tickets £50 for Song Writing Convention includes two main concerts:

                                                          1                                                          2
     FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2009                                       SUNDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2009
     May Street Church, Belfast                                      Madisons Hotel Belfast
     Josh Rouse, Eilidh Patterson & Catie Curtis                     5th Birthday Concert
     In The Round Concert                                            Several Festival Songwriters, 2 Songs Each including
     Support John McGurgan                                           Tia Sillers, Mark Selby & Nanci Griffith
     (Normal ticket price £16)                                       (Normal ticket price £8)

 20 Seminars & Workshops + Fri 20th Concert + Sun 22nd Concert Ticket £50
 Full details of dates & times will be announced online in January at

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