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Traditional vibes with a modern twist

Betse & Clarke Bronte Centre, Rathfriland Wednesday, August 31, 8:30pm

By Damien Murray

This fiddle and banjo duo (who are also appearing at next weekend's Ulster American Folk Park Bluegrass Festival) explore their love of old time music with a sense of adventure.

Fiddle player and singer Betse Ellis spent many years with The Wilders, while Clarke Wyatt has an original and creative approach to three-finger banjo.

Together, Betse & Clarke give listeners something to appreciate.

They perform traditional tunes which have been learned from cherished sources, creative arrangements of familiar and forgotten songs, and original compositions.

For details, visit the Visitor Information Office at the FE McWilliam Gallery, tel: 028 4062 3322 or email

Drew Holcomb Black Box, Belfast Thursday, September 1, 7.30pm & Bronte Centre, Rathfriland Friday, September 2, 8.30pm

For Nashville-based, Memphis-born Drew Holcomb "music is medicine" and it seems only fitting that along with his band, The Neighbors, the group celebrated a decade-long career with the album Medicine.

Drawing his influence from Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, Drew Holcomb has found his place in today's landscape of singer/songwriter Americana.

He and his band have developed their sound through extensive touring, performing alongside the likes of John Hiatt, The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams.

These gigs will feature songs which tackle issues of everyday life including loyalty, hardship, marriage, friendship, alienation and faith.

For details, visit or, for the Bronte gig, call in at the Visitor Information Office at the FE McWilliam Gallery, tel: 028 4062 3322 or email tic@armagh

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