Belfast Telegraph

Titanic theme at dockyard concert

The Titanic and emigration featured heavily on the songlists at one of the first concerts at Titanic Belfast.

The more intimate precursor to the open-air gig planned by MTV on Friday featured folk musicians Andy Irvine and Cara Dillon as well as other homegrown talent.

Perching at the bottom of the replica Titanic staircase at the newly-opened visitor's centre, Dillon's songs included High Tide and Garden Valley, an emigrant's lament for home.

Irvine played a song about the night the Titanic sank and a grainy black and white film of New York, the Titanic's destination, entertained the crowd of more than 200.

The conference room where the performance was staged was on the top floor of Titanic Belfast, which has views of a dramatically lit-up docks area where the vessel was built.

Rising Belfast band Cashier No9 were joined on the bill by Portstewart's former guitarist with Paul McCartney's Wings, Henry McCullough.

The critically-acclaimed Wonder Villains, Scottish performance poet Murray Lachlan Young and Bap Kennedy were also featured.

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