Open House Festival tour comes to Portrush Town Hall

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As 2015 gets underway, Open House Festival hits the road running with the announcement of a regional tour.

The tour starts on Saturday, February 28 at Portrush Town Hall.

Headlining the stellar line-up is the talented guitarist, singer and songwriter, John Smith.

John, who hails from Devon, has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene.

A former ‘Young Acoustic Guitarist of the Year’, he has worked with a host of iconic folk musicians, including John Martyn, Seth Lakeman, David Gray and Cara Dillon.

Supporting John are Derry indie folk band, PØRTS, and Dublin electro-acoustic classical group, Prima String Quartet.

PØRTS, who were formerly known as Little Bear, are currently being championed by Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music. And Prima String Quartet have collaborated with acts as diverse as Lady Gaga, Pink, Belle and Sebastian and Best Boy Grip.

“Having staged live music events in Belfast for the last 17 years, and held our month-long festival in Bangor over the past two summers, we thought it was about time we also went on the road,” says Open House Director, Kieran Gilmore.

“Our audiences come from all over Northern Ireland and beyond.

“We wanted to bring some of our trademark quality acts to them, and introduce fantastic

live music to some unusual and bespoke venues around the country.

“It’s not a province-wide tour, but we’ll be travelling from Portrush to Holywood, via Lisburn, Bangor and Rathfriland.”

The tour has received support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Traditional Music Officer, Maria McAlister, says: “For 17 years, Open House Festival has entertained, uplifted and united audiences in their mutual love of great music.

“Through our Music Touring Programme, they can now bring their pioneering spirit to the road.

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