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Music worth £61m a year to Northern Ireland economy

By Michael McHugh

Published 27/04/2016

Ciaran Lavery, songwriter and guitarist
Ciaran Lavery, songwriter and guitarist

Northern Ireland's music industry contributes more than £61m to the economy every year, experts have claimed.

A spokesman for Generator Northern Ireland, the State-funded music business support body, said the sector employs almost 4,000 people and was famous around the world.

The Generator spokesman added that the business was worth an annual £61.5m to the local economy.

The claim came after Aghagallon-born Spotify sensation Ciaran Lavery was last month invited by country legend Willie Nelson to play as a guest artist at a ranch event in Texas.

"The next few months look equally exciting (for the industry)," the Generator spokesman said. "Five leading Northern Ireland artists will be showcasing at Europe's biggest industry event, The Great Escape.

"Ciaran Lavery, Pleasure Beach, Ex Magician, REWS, and online sensation Bry make up the Northern Ireland show."

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