Ards International Guitar Festival 2017

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johnFeeley2
Described by the Washington Post as 'Ireland's leading classical guitarist', John Feeley studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Queens College of the City University, New York, and The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he graduated with a PhD in music. He has taught at the American Institute of Guitar, Memphis State University, the Conservatory...
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with support from the Classical Guitar Society of Northern Ireland

TIME: Wednesday 5 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £10 - Includes a glass of wine/soft drink

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

guitarSociety
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 John Feeley. Includes a glass of wine/soft drink

TIME: Wednesday 5 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £10

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

Ards International Guitar Festival 2017
Will McNicol (guitar) and Luke Selby (drums) join the festival programme hot on the heels of the release of their EP Hitchhiker – Postcards from South America, a collection of five pieces – three originals, and two interpretations of Brazilian compositions. Will has won multiple awards for his playing and composition and is a Fellow of Trinity...
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With special guests The Joseph Leighton Trio

TIME: Thursday 6 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

Ards International Guitar Festival 2017
Ards Guitar Festival celebrates the emergence of new guitar talent in this special concert featuring rising star of the instrument, Joseph Leighton and his trio. Hailing from Derry, Joseph was involved with jazz drummer and composer David Lyttle as part of his artist residency with the Brilliant Corners Festival in 2016 and was also selected to attend a...
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In support of Will McNicol & Luke Selby

TIME: Thursday 6 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

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Augustus Allen is normally seen at the front of N.I based band, The Emerald Armada. Occasionally, he ventures out alone to play and introduce new songs to new audiences, as well as the much loved Emerald Armada back catalogue. For those who have seen the Armada in full swing, will know they are a force to be reckoned with, however in this intimate...
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TIME: Friday 7 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm

PRICE: £Free, Booking advised

Venue: Ards Arts Centre, Georgian Gallery

George-Lowden
In 1961, the ten-year-old George Lowden made his first guitar – it had ‘fishing line for strings,’ he recalls, ‘bent over nails for frets, and a square soundbox’. From such humble beginnings, George Lowden has developed a unique and acclaimed approach to instrument making that has helped him become one of the most distinctive and revered...
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Hosted by Ralph McLean

TIME: Friday 7 April, 5.00pm

PRICE: £ FREE
(pre-booking essential)

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

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Based in Leeds, Jon Gomm is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a revolutionary virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time. Jon wrote his first song at the age of six, and was soon accompanying his father to gigs in his hometown of Blackpool. Touring musicians would...
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With special guests Becky Langan and Amrit Sond

TIME: Friday 7 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15, Bar available

Venue: The Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards

Ards International Guitar Festival 2017
Born in Rochdale, England (1992), Becky Langan is a percussive fingerstyle guitarist who explores the outermost reaches of the acoustic guitar through her use of altered tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive tempos and natural harmonic melodies drawn from her inspirations Andy McKee, Jon Gomm, Maneli Jamal and Thomas Leeb. In 2016, Becky was a...
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In support of Jon Gomm

TIME: Friday 7 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15, Bar available

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Amrit-Sond
Grammy Award winner Amrit Sond’s unique contemporary instrumental music draws on elements of world music, jazz, classical, folk, rock and new acoustic techniques (two-handed tapping and percussive slaps) - all shaped into a highly-refined and melodically-driven compositional approach. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he was exposed to African Folk...
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In support of Jon Gomm

TIME: Friday 7 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15, Bar available

Venue: The Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards

Tony-Villiers-and-Villains
Tony Villiers And The Villains have recently been causing a bit of a stir with their unique blend of folk-blues originals, and a series of live performances that underpin the passion and bite of Villiers’ material. The songs, which have received numerous awards in the US and are described by BBC’s Ralph McLean simply as ‘Superb’, are beautifully...
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TIME: Friday 7 April, 10.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: The Ivy Bar

Ards International Guitar Festival 2017
A relaxed afternoon of music and chat with the acclaimed Dublin-based guitarist Hugh Buckley in conversation with Ronnie Greer, one of Northern Ireland’s foremost blues and jazz guitar talents. A self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author, Hugh has performed throughout the world as a sideman and also leading his own groups. Along...
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In Conversation and in Session with special guest Ronnie Greer

TIME: Saturday 8 April, 1.30pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

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A uniquely talented guitarist and singer, Narciso Saul interprets tangos, milongas and Argentine folk music as well as creating his own compositions. Influenced by the great modern tango creators, his music is close to jazz and improvisation, but also explores the milonga, milonga-candombe and chacarera, Argentine rhythms stemming from African...
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TIME: Saturday 8 April, 4.00pm-5.00pm

PRICE: £Free, Booking Advised

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

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Various artists revisit the Fleetwood Mac classic Hosted by Lisa Flavelle It’s been 40 years - and over 45 million sales - since Warner Brothers released Rumours, still Fleetwood Mac’s biggest selling album, and the soundtrack to a turbulent time in the band’s personal drama. Now a cast of major talents unites for a unique one-off event to...
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Various artists revisit the Fleetwood Mac classic. Hosted by Lisa Flavelle

TIME: Saturday 8 April, 8.00pm

PRICE: £15, Bar available

Venue: The Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards

Voodoo-Hounds
Belfast based blues/rock band the Voodoo Hounds have been jamming and performing together for 5 years with appearances at the Enler Delta Blues Club, Woodstock Festival, the Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival and a load of bars and clubs the length and breadth of Ireland. Expect an eclectic, foot stomping, riff driven evening of classics from AC/DC to ZZ...
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Presented by Enler Delta Blues Club

TIME: Saturday 8 April, 10.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: The Ivy Bar

Ralph-McLean
It's been half a century since Jimi Hendrix exploded into history with 1967's release Are You Experienced? (closely followed that year by Axis: Bold As Love). Over the course of the all-too-brief four years that followed, through incendiary live performances and ground breaking recordings, Hendrix re-wrote the rulebook on guitar playing and cemented a...
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Ralph McLean discusses the life and work of Jimi Hendrix

TIME: Sunday 9 April, 11.30am-1.00pm

PRICE: £7, includes tea/coffee and brunch option

Venue: Ards Arts Centre

Weekend-Wind-Down
Errol Walsh, Ted Ponsonby and Joe Murray With special guest Niall Hanna 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 players and singers. Errol Walsh and Ted Ponsonby will be joined by Joe Murray on bass and harmonies, a trio offering a selection of...
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With Support from Niall Hanna

TIME: Sunday, 9 April, 4.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: Ivy Bar

Niall-Hanna
Support for this special afternoon show will be courtesy of Niall Hanna. A beautiful acoustic player and performer in the folk tradition, Niall hails from County Tyrone, where he is fast developing a reputation for his delivery of traditional songs and instrumentals, alongside more contemporary material. He was recently selected for The Young Musicians...
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In Support of the Weekend Wind Down

TIME: Sunday, 9 April, 4.00pm

PRICE: £5

Venue: Ivy Bar

Ards Guitar Festival 2017
Sarah McQuaid One of Europe’s hardest working and most talented fingerstyle guitarists, Sarah returns to Ards after almost seven years constantly on the road, performing for audiences throughout the USA, Europe and the UK. Of one of her concerts last autumn, The Huffington Post wrote: “Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician...
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Songbirds on Sunday with Eilidh Patterson and Brigid O’Neill

TIME: Sunday 9 April 8.00pm

PRICE: £12, Bar available

Venue: The Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards

Eilidh-Patterson
Eilidh (pronounced ‘I-Lee’) is a singer/songwriter from Derry. In recent years, she has performed in the United States, the UK and in Europe, winning new audiences wherever she goes with her voice and songs. Her relaxed stage presence invites the listener to sit back and enjoy her unique take on life and love. A talented fingerstyle player with a...
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Songbirds on Sunday
With Sarah McQuaid and Brigid O’Neill

TIME: Sunday 9 April 8.00pm

PRICE: £12, Bar Facilities available

Venue: The Queen’s Hall

Brigid-ONeill
Having this year received the prestigious Arts Council NI Artist Career Enhancement Award and travelled to Nashville, where she played the iconic Bluebird Cafe, Music City Roots Show, and a series of other high profile gigs, Co. Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill has been riding the crest of a wave since the release of her well-received EP debut of...
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Songbirds on Sunday
with Sarah McQuaid & Eilidh Patterson

TIME: Sunday 9 April 8.00pm

PRICE: £12, Bar Facilities available

Venue: The Queen’s Hall, West Street, Newtownards