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Folk awards set for Northern Ireland debut

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Waterfront Hall, Belfast Wednesday, 7.15pm

By Damien Murray

This prestigious event, held in Northern Ireland for the first time, unites the cream of folk, acoustic and roots music. This year, performers include Paul Brady, Cara Dillon, Lankum and Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band.

The event will be simulcast live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Ulster, and will be available on the Radio 2 website, while televised highlights will be shown at a later date on BBC Four.

For details, contact the box office on tel: 9033 4455 or visit waterfront.co.uk.

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Portico, Portaferry

Monday, 8pm

Waterfront Hall's Studio Theatre, Belfast

Tuesday, 8pm

Chapman has penned hits for many artists. In concert, her songs are interwoven with wonderful storytelling, all rooted in folk and Americana traditions.

For details, visit porticoards.com, call the box office on tel: 9033 4455 or visit waterfront.co.uk.

Mary Black

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Tonight and tomorrow, 7.30pm

Black, a dominant presence in Irish music for almost three decades, has achieved platinum sales status and spawned countless hits.

She has also brought Irish music, past and present, to an ever-growing global audience.

Back on tour with her band and new album, she pays homage to one of Ireland's greatest song writers, Jimmy MacCarthy, including No Frontiers and Katie.

For details, contact box office on tel: 9024 1919 or visit goh.co.uk.

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