Belfast Telegraph

Atlantic Sessions to return to Northern Ireland's north coast

Over 50 musicians are set to perform live across Northern Ireland's north coast next month as the Atlantic Sessions return for another year.

From November 16-19 a host of NI acts will perform in coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, music venues and bars in Portstewart, Portrush and Portballintrae.

Visitors are being invited to the coastal towns to follow the music trails as each artist will perform their own material for one hour at each intimate setting.

The live music will range from traditional, bluegrass and americana to electronic, indie and acoustic singer-songwriters. 

Welcoming the return of the music festival for its ninth year, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Joan Baird OBE, said: “Atlantic Sessions enjoys a much-deserved reputation as a fabulous live music event.

"Offering intimate gigs with an unrivalled line-up of performers, and it is fully deserving of this recognition.

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Pictured: Bangor singer Iain Archer

"We look forward to welcoming you all to what will be one of the highlights of our autumn offering.”

This year's Atlantic Sessions programming is by Snow Water, in association with Third Bar.

Director, Carolyn Mathers, said: “Northern Ireland is extraordinary in the richness of its artistic talent and Atlantic Sessions is a perfect opportunity to showcase our creative energy to international audiences. 

"This year we will feature a series of new collaborations and 'In the Round' concerts exclusively for the festival, six of the NI Music Prize 2017 nominees, plus EP and Single launches."

Artists confirmed so far include:

  • Ports with the Arco String Quartet
  • Iain Archer
  • Ryan Vail Laser Show at the Arcadia
  • Joshua Burnside
  • The Holy Innocents
  • Anthony Toner
  • Eilidh Patterson
  • Brand New Friend
  • Mandy Bingham
  • Neil Martin
  • Amanda St John
  • Amy Montgomery
  • Michael Mormecha
  • Emer Maguire
  • Simon Murphy
  • Gerry Norman
  • Rory Nellis
  • Paddy Nash
  • Malojian

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