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True originals share bill in intimate setting


This is a unique double bill of two of country music’s true originals playing together in a very intimate venue.

John Prine & Sturgill Simpson

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Tomorrow, 8pm

Since bursting onto the scene in 1971 with his song-stories, the 70-year-old legend, John Prine, has become one of the pioneering singer-songwriters of his generation.

The two-time Grammy winner’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Bette Midler and others, while Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen are all fans.

The Grammy-winning Sturgill Simpson is a younger generation singer who offers his own unique take on country, soul and rock n’ roll songwriting.

He has earned comparisons to great artists like Prine, so to see this elder statesman and a future legend on the same bill is an occasion not to be missed.

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Viper Central

Bronte Centre, Rathfriland

Tomorrow, 8pm

Viper Central can rip it up bluegrass-style with sweet harmonies and tight melodic breaks that’ll make your heart soar, your feet shuffle and your blood curdle.

Canadian roots and the traditions of American bluegrass, country, rockabilly and old-time have influenced the band’s ever-evolving style.

For details, contact Andy on tel: 07981 019 650 or email

The Henry Girls

Market Place Theatre, Armagh

Tonight, 8pm

Although Donegal sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen (below), were nurtured musically by their Celtic roots, their sound is not bound by them.

They create authentic original material rich in traditional values and their tight three-part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments.

Expect to hear songs from their sixth album, Far Beyond The Stars, on which their folk sound is given an edge with bluegrass and blues.

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Damien Murray

Belfast Telegraph


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