Portstewart Songwriters Festival hits the Streets

Local musician, Sarah McQuillan is tuning up for a weekend of contemporary and folk music on  the North Coast for the first 'Atlantic Sessions' festival. Hosted in pubs and eateries in the seaside towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae, the festival will feature a mix of well known artists and new local talent over the Halloween weekend. For further information, visit www.northcoastni.com
Local musician, Sarah McQuillan is tuning up for a weekend of contemporary and folk music on the North Coast for the first 'Atlantic Sessions' festival. Hosted in pubs and eateries in the seaside towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae, the festival will feature a mix of well known artists and new local talent over the Halloween weekend. For further information, visit www.northcoastni.com

Listen up songwriters and music lovers!

Portstewart Songwriters Festival is almost here!

The event, which is due to hit the North Coast from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, will feature live music in bars and coffee shops along Portstewart Promenade throughout the weekend, with almost 20 FREE live gigs!

The lineup for the second Portstewart Songwriters Festival, which is organised and partly funded by Coleraine Borough Council, in conjunction with participating venues, will include popular bands such as The Clameens, The Wood Burning Savages, Amidships, and The Holy Innocents, along with the Northern Ireland Music Prize Winner Robyn G Shiels and nominee Sullivan and Gold.

The Festival will also give the opportunity for a number of local artists to perform and there will be an Open Mic Session at Portstewart Town Hall on the Sunday afternoon, which will be open to all singer songwriters to come along and participate.

In addition to the various gigs happening over the weekend, Flowerfield Arts Centre will play host to a number of other events, including Songwriters Workshops with Anthony Toner and Ben Robinson (Sullivan and Gold) and A Celebration of the Life of Neil Young, presented by BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean. Ralph will also be hosting a ‘Lunchtime Listening’ of Neil Young’s classic album ‘Harvest’, the way it should be heard – on vintage vinyl! Other artists who you will be able to catch over the weekend include Jim McKee, Lore, Our Krypton Son and many more.

All gigs and events are free.

To register your place for Songwriters Workshops and Ralph McLean events contact Flowerfield Arts Centre on 028 7083 1400. To find out more and for the full gig listing visit www.portsongfest.com, find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PortstewartSongwritersFestival or follow on Twitter @PortSongFest.