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Roots: Guitar heroes descend on Ards music festival

 

By Damien Murray

The opening concert of this year's Ards International Guitar Festival, which runs at various venues, this is a rare opportunity to hear musicians such as Australian-born classical guitarist Craig Ogden, with support from The Classical Guitar Society of Northern Ireland. For details, contact Ards Arts Centre on tel: 028 9181 0803 or visit ardsguitarfestival.co.uk.

Eduardo Niebla, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Thursday, 8pm

Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

Saturday, April 14, 8pm

Niebla is a formidable flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and will be accompanied here by Matthew Robinson (guitar).

Niebla has collaborated with George Michael, Craig David and Juno Reactor, as well as some of the top world music, jazz and classical artists of today.

For details, visit struleartscentre.co.uk or contact Strule Arts Centre Box Office on tel: 028 8224 7831. For Lisburn visit islandartscentre.com or contact the box office on tel: 028 9250 9254.

Dominic Kirwan, Waterfront Hall Studio Theatre, Belfast

Thursday and Friday, 8pm

Singing everything from pop to country, Kirwan remains impossible to pigeonhole.

As one of Ireland's top entertainers, the Omagh man - who made a name for himself with a string of hit singles, albums and sell-out shows - has toured with the likes of country legends Charley Pride and Tammy Wynette.

For details, contact the Waterfront Hall box office on tel: 028 9033 4455 or visit waterfront.co.uk

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