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Belfast’s got the blues

Local blues sensation Amanda St John, who performed at the launch at The Ramada Encore, is pictured with Karen Sheals Hoy from American Holidays, Patrick Morgan from Bushmills and Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Guy Spence.

Local blues sensation Amanda St John, who performed at the launch at The Ramada Encore, is pictured with Karen Sheals Hoy from American Holidays, Patrick Morgan from Bushmills and Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Guy Spence.

Local blues sensation Amanda St John, who performed at the launch at The Ramada Encore, is pictured with Karen Sheals Hoy from American Holidays, Patrick Morgan from Bushmills and Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Guy Spence.

 

The Belfast City Blues Festival is lined up for June24-26, with Bushmills becoming joint title sponsor with USA Holiday and cruise specialists American Holidays.

Now in its eighth year, internationally acclaimed artists performing at the festival include The Johnny Max Band from Canada and Brian Rawson from Scotland. Ireland’s answer to ZZ Top, Crow Black Chicken from Cork, and the cream of local talent including Simon McBride, Grainne Duffy, Lee Hedley and Rab McCullough will play at the new festival attraction, The Bushmills Marquee at Writers’ Square, situated in the bustling Cathedral Quarter in Belfast.

At a launch event held in the Ramada Encore in Belfast, Festival Director Seamus O’Neill revealed 20 pubs and clubs around the city will welcome 50 artists, with Blues on the Boat returning due to popular demand.

American Holidays will present Blues at the Market, another exciting addition to the festival in St George’s Market, with The Motown Sensations performing in the market for a free of charge concert on Saturday, June 25.

“This is the third consecutive year that American Holidays has sponsored the Belfast City Blues Festival and we are very proud to be involved in such a fantastic event which attracted over 15,000 people to the City last year,” said Karen Sheals Hoy, Manager of American Holidays. “It is a great fit for our brand as we have a deep heritage with the Deep South’s music and culture.”

Patrick Morgan from Bushmills said: “This is the first year Bushmills has come on board as joint sponsor and we are particularly excited about The Bushmills marquee, which will no doubt prove hugely popular with festival-goers. Bushmills has a long association with live music and so I’m confident the relationship with The Belfast City Blues Festival will be an ongoing one.”

For concert and ticket information, check out www.belfastcityblues.com or phone the Belfast Welcome Centre on 02890 246609.

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