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Music festival honours memory of the late singer-songwriter Henry McCullough

Published 30/10/2016

Former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough (Ronnie Norton/PA)
Former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough (Ronnie Norton/PA)

A north coast music festival is to be dedicated to the late singer and songwriter Henry McCullough, organisers said.

Atlantic Sessions 2016 will be held in November and will remember the Portstewart-born guitarist, who was lauded by Sir Paul McCartney among others, when he died in June.

The renowned musician, who also played with Joe Cocker and jammed with Jimi Hendrix, died four years after a severe heart attack left him incapacitated.

A spokesman for the council-organised event said: "Causeway Coast and Glens Council are honoured to dedicate Atlantic Sessions 2016 to Henry McCullough.

"Not only was Henry an instinctive guitarist and singer-songwriter, he was also proud of his North Coast roots and passionate about helping his fellow musicians in any way he could."

McCullough, 72, originally from Portstewart, Northern Ireland, was said to have been the only Irish musician to have played at the famous Woodstock festival in 1969.

And while he may not have been a household name, he counted Marianne Faithfull and The Who among those he jammed with.

He also played lead guitar on Wings' James Bond theme, Live And Let Die.

Atlantic Sessions showcases over 50 artists in over 30 venues throughout four days from 17-20 November.

Cafes, restaurants, hotels, pubs, coffee shops, music venues and the town halls across Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae will feature gigs from the finest performers across Northern Ireland. Audiences can follow music trails in intimate venues throughout the three resorts with a different live performance taking place every hour.

Admission is free for an event which is now in its eighth year and firmly established on the musical calendar.

Live music ranges from traditional, bluegrass and Americana to electronic, indie and acoustic singer-songwriters.

It offers a platform for emerging talent as well as established artists from across Northern Ireland and an opportunity to bring their music beyond urban hubs, organisers said.

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