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Lough Lively Sessions: Co Antrim's Runabay on their music influences

A new series of traditional and folk music events will take place in Portaferry, Co Down from July to October.

The Lough Lively Session will feature five separate music events headlined by Northern Ireland musicians at Portico in the town.

The programme includes The 4 of Us, Emerald Armada, Saffyre and Rapparees.

The Lough Lively Sessions will continue on Friday, July 28 with Co Antrim six-piece Runabay.

Speaking about monthly event, Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts and Heritage Manager, Emily Crawford said: “We are delighted to present this eclectic new music series in Portaferry in partnership with Portico.

"The beautiful venue in the heart of Portaferry is a super location for the new Lough Lively Sessions that feature some of Northern Ireland’s best live acts. The programme stay’s true to the cultural roots of the area with the best in traditional, folk and bluegrass bands that will have your toes tapping and heart singing.”

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Quick fire questions: Runabay

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Runabay will perform at the Lough Lively Sessions in Portaferry.

1. Describe your music in three words?

Harmonious, compelling, uplifting

2. Who are your musical influences?

Fleet Foxes, Radiohead, The Shins, and early Coldplay

3. What have been your musical highlights so far?

Gaining national air play multiple times on the likes of 6 Music, RTE and Today FM and playing to large audiences on incredible bills and feeling their enjoyment.

We've also been contacted by fans from and wide as far away as Brazil who tell us they listen to our music daily.

Being nominated for awards like Irish Single of the Year was also amazing.

4. Who are your favourite Northern Ireland bands/musicians?

Ports, Joshua Burnside, David Holmes and Silences

5. What is your favourite thing about Northern Ireland?

Having played in many counties across Ireland, people’s thirst for new music always astounds us!

6. Where is the best place to listen to some music in Northern Ireland?

With increasing scale ... at Johnny Joes, Cushendall, The Duncairn 174 Trust, The Empire Music Hall, The Ulster Hall

7. What can audiences expect from your Lough Lively Session?

Firstly, Portico, as the location for our Lough Lively Session is the perfect setting for the kind of music we play. From the vocal harmonies, to the sweeping cello and intricate guitar riffs, the building will help accentuate all that is good about our sound.

Audiences can expect to hear a band who are at a sweet spot in terms of live performance and song writing, with well executed, thoughtfully crafted songs creating euphoric, melancholic and blissful sections designed to take the listener on a journey.

8. What is the best gig you have ever been to?

 Radiohead at Glastonbury in 2017

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