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Getting all tuned up for Derry's big guitar festival

The Whistlin' Donkeys Alley Theatre, Strabane Tonight, 8pm

This is set to be an extravaganza of traditional Irish rock-folk music with one of the country’s best-loved bands.

The Donkeys will play some hits from their last top-selling album, Sung Like A Donkey, along with a mix of old favourites and will offer a sneak preview of songs from their forthcoming album.

For details, visit alley-theatre.com

City of Derry Guitar Festival

North West Regional College Londonderry

Tonight until Sunday

Wannabe ukulele players are in for a real treat as this year’s City of Derry Guitar Festival offers a two-day ukulele course with local musician and composer Ronan Kearney.

The festival also offers its signature classical guitar course with a full female line-up featuring Wiktoria Szubelak (Poland), Isabel Martinez (Spain) and Dominika Bialostocka (Poland), the Black Sabbath riff library electric guitar course and a two-hour Flamenco/Arabic Oud workshop with Amir-John Haddad (Spain).

Audiences will additionally be treated to a series of unique guitar concerts featuring the same artists tonight and also tomorrow, while Sunday night’s free Student Gala includes both solo and ensemble performances by the students, featuring the ukulele ensemble on top of the music of Black Sabbath with a full band.

For details, visit cityofderryguitarfestival.com

4th Newry City Blues Festival

Various venues, Newry. Tonight until Monday

Boasting a line-up of top-class blues and jazz performers — both local and international — in various city centre bars and restaurants, this annual event is back for its fourth year to help you chase the summertime blues with a music-filled Bank Holiday weekend.

This year’s line-up includes Ronnie Greer, Willie Byrne, Mark Braidner, Rab McCullough, Sarah and the Sandcastles, Courtnay & the Dukes, Peter Benson and The Beatroots in such venues as Cobbles, The Bridge Bar, Nan Rices, Legacy, The Bank Bar and Finnegan & Son.

For full details, visit the Newry City Blues Festival’s Facebook page.

Damien Murray

Belfast Telegraph

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