Belfast Telegraph

Two men putting Northern Ireland on the international music stage

Northern Ireland's George Lowden and Paul McMordie will come together at the Sunflower Pub on July 25 to host ‘Whiskey and Strings’, an intimate guitar-filled evening celebrating both of their stories and successes in music.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discover new guitar playing techniques, and surprise music performances from Northern Ireland’s most-loved musicians.

A lauded guitar instructor, Paul knew since the very first time he heard Jimi Hendrix as a kid, that he would grow up to do something different to his school friends.

Despite his mum’s wishes for him to go to work in the yard, as was the tradition in Belfast at the time, Paul knew his path would take him in a different direction.

Paul’s carefully refined teaching methods and playing style have been ringing in the ears of the world’s best known musicians, with past pupils including Nathan Connolly from Snow Patrol and Paul Mahon of The Answer.

Amongst Paul’s passion projects is the Belfast Guitar Festival, an annual event showcasing the skills of home-grown talent and providing them with a platform to exhibit their skills and teach their international peers a strum or two about how things are done here.

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Paul McMordie

Paul established the Festival to encourage a culture of ‘doing things right’ within the local music scene and cementing fraternity and friendship in the Northern Ireland music scene so that the shared bond of music is always the focus.

Guitar maker George made his very first guitar aged ten with just a fishing line and some nails, but little did he know then that his instruments would today be the most coveted in the world.

George started supplying guitars to the most iconic musicians in the world in 1974 and today the likes of Ed Sheeran, Eric Clapton and Gary Lightbody consider George a musical genius, and their Lowden guitar a best mate.

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