Australian-born guitarist Craig studied guitar from the age of seven and in 2004 became the youngest instrumentalist to receive a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. His recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig has performed with the world’s...
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With support from the Classical Guitar Society of Northern Ireland

TIME: Wednesday 11 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15, includes a glass of wine/soft drink

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

CGSNI aims to promote locally the classical guitar and its music. The Society meets once a month in the Ulster College of Music and is open to players of all ages and abilities as well as those who simply have an interest in the classical guitar. The Society meetings provide an opportunity for amateur players to perform for each other in a supportive...
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In support of Craig Ogden

TIME: Wednesday 11 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15, includes a glass of wine/soft drink

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Directed by Walter Hill Starring: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born. Eugene is an extraordinary talent in classic guitar, but he dreams of being a...
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Cert: 15
The Web Theatre’s Talking Picture Series presents

TIME: Thursday 12 April,
Pre-film music and discussion 7.15pm, Film 8.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: The Web Theatre

Listed in TV3’s Top 10 Best Irish Bands of All Time, THE 4 OF US have been a steadfast part of Irish music history for over 25 years. In their critically acclaimed two-man show, brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy blend contemporary roots with rock: melodic songs and interweaving acoustic guitars, propelled by a stomp box rhythm. The 4 Of Us shot to...
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With special guests Orlaith and Mollie

TIME: Thursday 12 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £12

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

In Support of The 4 of Us, two shining young stars of the local guitar scene. Orlaith and Mollie are an energetic teenage duo from Belfast who play material from a wide range of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and ABBA along with their own originals. The two started off busking outside Victoria Square and after making a few successful...
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In support of The 4 of Us

TIME: Thursday 12 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £12

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

One of the mainstays of the local blues scene, Mark Braidner is a superb guitarist and singer with a beautiful and authentic feel. Mark is influenced primarily by the pre-war Delta Blues and Ragtime styles prevalent in the Southern States of America during the 1920's and 30's. As well as being blessed with a wonderful repertoire, he’s a great player,...
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TIME: Thursday 12 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £FREE

Venue: The Ivy Bar

Ben has been playing and creating music on electric guitar for 13 years. In the past year he has begun to experiment more with acoustic fingerstyle guitar influenced by the work of Tommy Emmanuel, Andrea Valeri and other well-known pieces arranged for guitar. If you like what you hear you can catch Ben in bars in Belfast as part of an acoustic duo called...
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TIME: Friday 13 April
1.00pm - 2.00pm

PRICE: £Free, Booking advised

Venue: Ards Arts Centre, Georgian Gallery

Thomas Leeb Ards Guitar Festival 2018
Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert at fifteen and released his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen. Now one of the truly legendary figures in acoustic music, Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and...
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With special guests Tommy Loose and Gary Lutton

TIME: Friday 13 April,
8.00pm

PRICE: £15

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Based in the East of England, Tommy Loose has been working his way around the contemporary acoustic scene for the past 15 years or so. Finding the Harp Guitar in 2011, he has since performed all over the world, from California to London to Shanghai and many places in between. He is set to release his 4th solo album, 'The Antique Factory' in April 2018,...
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In support of Thomas Leeb

TIME: Friday 13 April,
8.00pm

PRICE: £15

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

gary
Gary Lutton’s unique style consists of an eclectic variety of music with a unique approach to fingerstyle guitar - often meditative and choreographical. In 2015, Gary won the UK/Ireland TV competition Guitar Star and has since toured in the UK, Europe and USA, sharing the stage with Thomas Leeb, Newton Faulkner, Antoine Dufour, and as part of the...
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In support of Thomas Leeb

TIME: Friday 13 April,
8.00pm

PRICE: £15

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Formed in Derry City, The Wood Burning Savages are a fast-paced punk rock band who proudly wear the edgy spirit of their hometown on their sleeves. Pulsating riffs and a sharp political edge have led to comparison with artists such as Manic Street Preachers, The Clash and Queens of the Stone Age. Performances serve up a cocktail of breakneck guitars...
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TIME: Friday 13 April,
10.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: The Ivy Bar

Formed in early 2017 by Gavin Ferris and Mick Conlon, this talented duo have hit the ground running, amazing audiences with their upbeat, fresh live performances which include witty banter and some astonishing playing. No genre is safe as everything gets the Ninja treatment from this pair of superb players, including the theme from Game of Thrones and...
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TIME: Saturday 14 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm

PRICE: £Free, Booking Advised

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

Then Man Made a Machine is a new soundtrack to the 2010 restoration version of Fritz Lang's classic sci-fi epic Metropolis.  Then Man Made a Machine are the musical dynamic duo of Misters Paul McMordie (no stranger to the world of silent film with this his seventh rescore) and the wonderful Neil Hughes of ‘cut n blinks’ fame. Kiltonga Hall...
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TIME: Saturday 14 April, 2.00pm

PRICE: £5, includes Tea/Coffee

Venue: Kiltonga Hall

In the 18 year history of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Martin Simpson has been nominated an astonishing 31 times – testament to the reputation and work of this acoustic guitar legend. His remarkable intimate solo performances go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass. Four decades after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, he’s...
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With special guests Clive Carroll and John Tracey

TIME: Saturday 14 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Clive Carroll Ards Guitar Festival 2018
"...sensational instrumental music that knows no boundaries" - Acoustic Magazine Clive Carroll has been acclaimed for his masterful compositions, his versatility and technical virtuosity. Inspired by his parents’ love of old time American music, the young Clive was soon playing in the family band on a homemade banjo. By his teens he was covering...
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In support of Martin Simpson

TIME: Saturday 14 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Fast developing a reputation as a superb homegrown guitar talent, Belfast-based John Tracey has played various instruments over the course of twenty years, and has now established himself primarily as an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. Affectionately described by Gary Lutton (Guitar Star UK winner 2015) as a ‘guitar genius’, Tracey’s music...
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In support of Martin Simpson

TIME: Saturday 14 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Featuring some of Northern Ireland’s rock & roll royalty, Bowana have been gigging since 2015 and offer a potent brew of blues, rock, funk and soul. Roe Butcher, on bass, was one of the linchpins of two of the north coast’s most legendary groups, XDreamysts and The Mighty Shamrocks. Roe was also long-time bassist and close friend of Henry McCullough,...
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TIME: Saturday 14 April, 10.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: The Ivy Bar

Us and Them: Dark Side of the Moon 45th anniversary Illustrated Talk - Ralph McLean discusses the enduring appeal of one of rock’s masterworks Four and a half decades ago, one of rock music’s mightiest and biggest selling albums of all time emerged from the shadows – Dark Side of the Moon was Pink Floyd’s eighth and still best-known...
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Us and Them: Dark Side of the Moon 45th anniversary Illustrated Talk - Ralph McLean discusses the enduring appeal of one of rock’s masterworks

TIME: Sunday 15 April, 11.30am-1.00pm

PRICE: £8, includes tea/coffee and brunch option

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

Daniel Valentin Marx began playing the guitar at the age of seven in the Kreismusikschule Erding, and studied under Professor Roberto Aussel at the Musikhochschule of Cologne, graduating with honours in 2016. Aged 17, Daniel debuted as a classical soloist, playing the guitar concertos of Vivaldi with the chamber orchestra of Erding. In addition, he has...
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With special guest Matthew Malcolm

TIME: Sunday 15 April, 2.00pm

PRICE: £8, refreshments included

Venue: Kiltonga Hall

Matthew Malcolm, originally from Larne and now based in Newtownards, has been on the Northern Ireland music scene for over four years. Described by BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line as 'acoustic mastery', his original material has been influenced by John Martyn, Pearl Jam, Tommy Emmanuel and Jeff Buckley. As a contemporary acoustic guitarist his music...
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In support of Daniel Marx

TIME: Sunday 15 April, 2.00pm

PRICE: £8, refreshments included

Venue: Kiltonga Hall

As the festival enters its last day, The Ivy Bar welcomes a wonderful afternoon of mellow acoustic music from some of Northern Ireland’s finest female guitar players and singers. Northern Irish family band Saffyre is made up of sisters Shauneen and Maria and cousin Emma. The girls grew up in a large family where music and singing was a huge part of...
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with special guest Edelle McMahon

TIME: Sunday, 15 April, 4.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: Ivy Bar

Support for the Weekend Wind Down with Saffyre will be courtesy of Edelle McMahon. One of Ireland's finest singer songwriters, Edelle recently released her long-awaited debut album entitled Adventures In Narcissism. “It’s not actually all about me, I just loved the title. It made me laugh,” insists the Monaghan native, now resident in Belfast....
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In support of Saffyre

TIME: Sunday, 15 April, 4.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: Ivy Bar