Keep her country…

Hello all, yesterday began the Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival,

Bringing together award winning international writers with local talent, the annual event is a celebration of the art of song writing and in March next year, some local artists will also showcase in Nashville, Tennessee. Panarts Director Colin Magee said;

“we started these unique music events in Belfast and Nashville eight years ago and work with international performers who are willing to share a stage with great local artists like Shauna Tohill, Aaron Shanley and Thom Southern. The ‘Songwriters In The Round’ gigs have become our most popular events and give a real boost to emerging writers.  We also attract an audience from many different countries, helping the local economy during the quiet winter months”

 Nick Lowe & Band will play a special opener concert on 16th February and from 22nd – 26th February, Belfast will come alive to the sound of singer-songwriters John Oates USA (of Hall & Oates), Nanci Griffith USA, Todd Snider USA, Mark Nevin, 4 of Us (acoustic show), Iain Archer, Bap Kennedy and Gareth Dunlop to name a few. One of the highlights of the five day festival of song will be a BMI & CMA sponsored event. With fifteen number one hits in the Billboard charts, Clint Black will play the CMA Songwriters Series concert with award winning Nashville country writers Bill Anderson and Bob DiPiero.

Have you seen any of the line up yet? Perhaps you were lucky enough to hear the lovely voice of Robin G Shiels last night in the Lavery’s Back Bar. Check out the track ‘Never met a Rose’.

Check out here for the full line up of the festival. We are hoping to catch Fionn Regan on saturday at May Street Church. Loving this track:

handsome and pretty



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