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B E L FAST

TO CELEBRATE THE 15TH YEAR OF OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL,WE ARE OFFERING 15 CONCERTS FOR £5 EACH
I F B O O K E D ONLINE IN ADVANCE AT O P E NHOU SEFESTI VA L.COM

F O R EWORD THE LITTLEST BIRDS SING THE PRETTIEST SONGS For our 15th festival Open House will be getting up-close-and-personal. Most music aficionados agree that folk music works best in an intimate, live setting. Damned right it does. It’s easier to connect with a fiddle player when you can see the whites of his eyes . Plus, here at Open House HQ we’re agreed that the current climate (both economic and meteorological) is not conducive to taking big risks on large scale outdoor shows. And bigger isn’t always better. So, we’ve decided that all our events in 2013 will be taking place in relaxed, familiar and intimate venues and, seeing as it’s our 15th birthday, we’re celebrating by giving you 15 shows at just £5 each, plus a whole series of free events, including Irish

and American traditional music sessions. Looking forward to getting up close and personal with you in June. Festival Director, Kieran Gilmore We are delighted to continue in our support of one of Northern Ireland’s most vibrant music festivals. Open House has grown from strength to strength and in popularity throughout its fifteen years, this is unquestionably due to the generosity of the Open House team who have worked to make it a festival for all. As they launch their 15th festival we look forward to more inspiration, more memorable musical evenings and the introduction of great music to more new audiences. Noírín McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

BOOKING FEE

There is a £1 booking fee per ticket to cover the following three costs: bank charges, card data protection charges and Ticketsolve administration fees. Any additional costs are included within the cost of your ticket.
THANK YOU

A huge and heartfelt thank you to all our funders, staff, committee members, artists, volunteers, festival partners, supportive friends and family members, and of course, most importantly, the people who buy the tickets and come to the concerts.

B UYIN G TICKETS All tickets for the 15 festival concerts are £5 if bought online before 15th June at openhousefestival.com using our secure bar coded print-at-home booking system. Please value and treat this print-at-home option as a hard copy ticket. For ticketing queries please email us at info@openhousefestival.com or call the festival office on 028 9032 9779 S EAT IN G AT FESTIVA L EV EN TS None of our venues has fixed, numbered seating, so seats cannot be booked in advance. Some events will be fully seated, some will be partially seated, and some will be standing room only. Any seating is on a first come first served basis. Please check individual events in this programme or with our box office before you book tickets. R EF UNDS Please note that we can only offer refunds or exchange tickets in the case of a cancelled event. CO NTACT US Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast BT1 2LG Also available on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter Email: info@openhousefestival.com Tel: 028 9032 9779 www.openhousefestival.com Open House Festival is a music charity and a company limited by guarantee. Charity No. XT32992 Company Registration No: NI42872 O H F IS A MEMBER OF The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) The NI Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Volunteer Now Belfast Festivals Forum Arts & Business
P R I N C I PL E FUND E R

F EST I VAL STA F F Festival Director: Kieran Gilmore Festival Manager: Louise McElvanna Finance Manager: Alison Gordon PA R T T I M E OR F R EE L A N C E STA F F Box Office Manager: Amy Robinson Production & artist advancing: Charlene Hegarty Production engineer: John McGurgan Intern: Minna Tukiainen M A N AG E ME N T COM M I T T E E & TR U STE E S Chair: Craig Walker Secretary: Catherine Boyle Vice Chair: Jim Rainey Paul Flynn Rosemarie McHugh Sara Gunn-Smith Artwork & design by Timothy Farrell www.timothyfarrell.co.uk Website design by Jim Johnstone www.jimimon.com M A I L I N G L I ST We only use our mailing list to send you details of our events. We NEVER pass on your details to other organisations. Let us know if you want your details added to our mailing list, or if you want to change or remove your details from it. D I SA BL E D ACC E SS We try to ensure maximum access to festival events. Please check each venue for further details. If you have special requirements (such as seating at a non-seated gig) we will do our very best to accommodate you.

FUNDERS

SUP P ORTE D BY BELFAST AMERICAN FOLK & ROOT S CLUB

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ISOBEL ANDERSON RUBY COLLEY

WEDNESDAY 19TH JUNE 2013 THE GREEN ROOM, BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £10 DOORS: 7.30PM // OVER 18S LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING & STANDING Both hailing from the Sussex coastline, Isobel Anderson and Ruby Colley first met in 2011 while playing together at Glastonbury. A shared love of British traditional and contemporary Folk has led to joint performances at The Secret Garden Party, Cecil Sharpe House and alongside Anais Mitchell, Sinead O’Connor and the late John Martyn. The duo are working on their first collaborative recording, an EP of traditional folk songs, beautifully reinterpreted through voice, guitar and violin. 2013 will also see Ruby working on several film and dance collaborations as well as Isobel releasing her third studio album. IF YOU LIKE Sandy Denny, Laura Marling, The Low Anthem, Passenger, Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, Lucy Rose or June Tabor then you will love this.

LÚNASA
WEDNESDAY 19TH JUNE 2013 BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £12.50 DOORS: 8PM / OVER 18S FULLY SEATED (UNRESERVED) In October 1997, Ireland’s all-star quintet Lúnasa released their début CD. Since that auspicious beginning, Lúnasa has become one of the most sought-after bands on the international Irish music scene. The band’s inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Sixteen years and eight recordings on from that acclaimed debut the group’s newly released album with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra showcases some of Lúnasa’s best known sets in a completely new setting. Arranged by Niall Vallely, brother of the bands uilleann piper Cillian, familiar tunes scale new heights, taking the listener on a very memorable musical journey. Sean Smyth (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute and low whistles), Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass) and Ed Boyd (guitars).

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BHI BHIMAN
THURSDAY 20TH JUNE 2013 THE GREEN ROOM, BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £8 DOORS: 7.30PM / OVER 18S MOSTLY STANDING WITH LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING “Wry and subversive, the writing and performances here are first-rate, folk-based and undeniably unique.” The Washington Post Like most people, Open House first came across Bhi Bhiman (pronounced Bee Beeman) upon the release of his album last year, when he made a blistering appearance singing Guttersnipe on Later… with Jools. We were hooked by his looks, his smart suit and most of all by his voice. Although his parents are emigrants from Sri Lanka, Bhi Bhiman is an American original and yet he seems transported from an era when songs were more important than the pretty faces that delivered them. Bhi’s mix of humour and deep empathy puts him in the company of distinguished (and much older) lifelong songsmiths like John Prine, Nick Lowe, Randy Newman and Bob Dylan. “Pure Americana folk — the most exciting I’ve heard in a long while”. Chicago Times IF YOU LIKE Josh Ritter, AA Bondy, Fionn Regan, Monsters Of Folk, Conor Oberst, Stornoway or Lord Huron you will love this.

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OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH SUNFLOWER FOLK CLUB PRESENTS

SEAMIE O’DOWD
THURSDAY 20TH JUNE 2013 THE SUNFLOWER BAR, 65 UNION ST, BELFAST BT1 2LG (BEHIND CENTRAL LIBRARY) TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £8 DOORS: 7.30PM / OVER 18S LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING Brought up in a family steeped in the musical traditions of South Sligo, and making his first radio broadcast at the age of ten, Seamie O’Dowd is a guitarist, singer and songwriter, but also a renowned multi-instrumentalist playing fiddle, harmonica and mandolin. Seamie has shared stages across the world with many of the great folk and traditional musicians including Mairtín O’Connor, Christy Moore, Cathal Hayden, Dervish, Dick Gaughan, Matt Molloy and Liam O’Flynn. Some of Seamie’s most recent sonic adventures include film soundtrack work. IF YOU LIKE Andy Irvine, Christy Moore, Dervish, Dick Gaughan, Paul Brady, Planxty or Martin Carthy, then you will love this.

LUKA BLOOM
THURSDAY 20TH JUNE 2013 BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £12.50 DOORS: 8PM / OVER 18S FULLY SEATED (UNRESERVED) “With each successive album, Luka Bloom digs deeper and gazes wider. He is on top form.” The Irish Times **** Open House is good friends with the extended Moore family so we can’t quite understand why it’s taken us so long to bring Luka Bloom to the festival? His reputation as one of Ireland’s leading performing and recording artists is certainly not hindered by This New Morning, his stunning latest release of 2012, and his first album since 2009. The combination of melodic, yet thought-provoking, material along with incredible skill in connecting with his audience on classics such as The City of Chicago and You Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time, is a live experience that any budding songwriter should aspire to. IF YOU LIKE Paul Brady, Rodney Crowell, John Spillane, Maura O’Connell, Christy Moore, Eddi Reader or Ralph McTell then you’ll love this.

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THE BELFAST AMERICAN FOLK & ROOTS CLUB
IN ASSOCIATION WITH OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL PRESENT FREE FRIDAY WITH

THE WHITE MANSIONS SARA SWENSON MIKE DONAGHY
FRIDAY 21ST JUNE 2013 THE SUNFLOWER BAR, 65 UNION ST, BELFAST BT1 2LG (BEHIND CENTRAL LIBRARY) TICKETS: FREE ADMISSION NO COVER CHARGE DOORS: 7.30PM / OVER 18S LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING The Belfast American Folk & Roots Club meet in The Green Room on the last Saturday night of each month but for Open House will decamp to The Sunflower to present a very special Friday evening of Americana Roots music, and all completely free of charge. Please note that admission is on a first come, first served basis. Singing songs of dark hearts, whiskey and lost tractor plans, The White Mansions were blown together like tumbleweed from the dying breath of several Belfast roots bands. This powerful five piece string band tips its hat at its country, bluegrass and Americana influences with a freshness and vibrancy matched by original and heartfelt songwriting.

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JESCA HOOP
SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2013 THE GREEN ROOM, BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £10 DOORS: 3PM / ALL AGES MOSTLY STANDING ROOM Please note that this is an afternoon show. “Jesca Hoop is like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night”. Tom Waits After growing up singing folk tunes with her Mormon family in Northern California, Jesca Hoop, at age 16, broke away from her strict upbringing and began what she calls her ‘life as a racoon’, off the grid & close to nature. Hoop has since lived all over the map, from working as a wilderness survival guide to chalking up skills in farming, surveying and carpentry. She settled down for the five years that she was nanny to Tom Waits’ family, then came to Europe to tour with Elbow. Though she now resides in Manchester, Hoop decamped to Los Angeles to record her third album, The House That Jack Built, which was released last year to critical acclaim. She’s a difficult singer to categorise – folky, experimental, slightly off-kilter, with complex tunes and dark sensual lyrics, yet also catchy and at times almost commercial – but always spellblinding. IF YOU LIKE Villagers, Devendra Banhart, Sharon van Etten, Smoke Fairies, Bat For Lashes, Vashti Bunyan, Kate Bush, Emmy The Great or Joanna Newsom, then you will love this.
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MICK McAULEY, WINIFRED HORAN COLM O’CAOIMH
SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2013 BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £10 DOORS: 2PM / ALL AGES WELCOME, CHILDREN ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT / UNRESERVED SEATING & SOME STANDING Please note that this is an afternoon show Last year, long-time Solas members Mick McAuley (accordion) and Winifred Horan (fiddle) joined forces with the amazing Kilkenny-born guitarist Colm O’Caoimh for the breakaway album, Sailing Back To You, and we are delighted to welcome their dynamic live show to this year’s festival. Colm, who is a founding member of the steadily rising Irish group Caladh Nua (meaning New Harbour) brings his own unique style of tunebacking while enhancing the subtleties of Winifred’s unmistakable fiddle sound. Throw in Mick’s vocal and instrumental talents and it all goes to make exceptional and exhilarating Irish traditional music. IF YOU LIKE Altan, Solas, De Dannan, Mairtín O’Connor, Cherish The Ladies, Planxty, Dervish or Capercaillie, then you’ll love this.

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BIGGLES FLYS AGAIN
SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2013 BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST, BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £10 DOORS: 8PM / OVER 18S ONLY MOSTLY STANDING ROOM Let us introduce you, for the second time, to Little Bear, a fantastic four piece band from Derry-Londonderry. The first introductions were made back in November when, as part of our Fifteen Free Fridays, they played in The Galley (best wee venue in Belfast, anyone?) Little Bear are receiving amazing reviews - including Flavour Of The Month and Ones To Watch from BBC introducing. Their recent shows include an appearance at Dublin’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival and both the Derry and London junctures of Other Voices. We predict a big future for Little Bear. They are currently recording their first single, to be released on Smalltown America. “I’d Let You Win is one of the most beguiling tunes we’ve heard in quite some time”. Jim Carroll, Irish Times. Biggles Flys Again’s debut album ‘Remember Saturday’ sounds like one of those great pop albums you used to listen to and there are several reasons why. The first and most obvious one is that the man behind the moniker, Dubliner Conor Deasy, is especially adept at crafting 3 minute pop gems. Secondly ‘Remember Saturday’ was recorded with the aid of instruments from a forgotten era, namely Casio and Yamaha keyboards, a Hammond organ and a BBC Neve recording console. We also predict a bright future for Biggles Flys Again. “Unassuming, unpretentious and brilliantly executed” The Sunday Times - Album of the Week IF YOU LIKE Local Natives, Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes, Middle East, Villagers, Bright Eyes, Yeasayer or Grizzly Bear you will love this.

LITTLE BEAR

HILLBILLY HELL FEATURING

THE BACKYARD DEVILS HAT FITZ CARA ROBINSON
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SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2013 EMPIRE MUSIC HALL, 42 BOTANIC AVENUE, BELFAST BT7 1JQ TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £10 DOORS: 8PM / OVER 18S ONLY LATE BAR / STANDING ROOM & UNRESERVED SEATING Fancy isn’t a word often heard in Eastern Canada and there is nothing fancy about The BackYard Devils. With songs about guns, girls, god, drinking and outlaws, they’re simply playing the music they love. Their debut album is a well-blended mix of dirty country, rockabilly and bluegrass and it reflects exactly what they sound like onstage. “I have seen the future of rockabilly-bluegrassclassic country and its name is BackYard Devils”. Bob Mersereau, CBC TV Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson have recently finished recording their new album “Wiley Ways” which had them banging bed pans and packing cigarette box pedals into old leather glad bags for their much sought after sound. This dynamic duo, who live out in the bush in Australia, have skillfully combined their music of hill style country blues with old time folk as if written from a time once forgotten. “Hat Fitz & Cara pack more energy, emotion and sheer musical exuberance into one song than most manage in a whole career.” Spiral Earth IF YOU LIKE Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, the soundtrack from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir or The Devil Makes Three then you’ll love this.

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HILLFOLK NOIR

SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2013 THE SUNFLOWER BAR, 65 UNION ST, BELFAST BT1 2LG (BEHIND CENTRAL LIBRARY) TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £8 DOORS: 8PM / OVER 18S LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING From Boise, Idaho, USA and fronted by multiinstrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar take on mountain music is filtered through a halfcentury of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll and fed by an affinity for medicine show culture and stringband blues. The band calls their music Junkerdash which denotes a certain “psychedelic swamp-shack rags”. To keep it simple you could describe them as a dark, country-tinged, swampy-swingin’, hillbillydelta-blues-ragtime machine! “The jugband tradition is alive and more than well; Hillfolk Noir bring a punky, spunky spirit to the blues and old-time”. The Herald

SIMONE FELICE
SUNDAY 23RD JUNE 2013 BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST, BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £12.50 DOORS: 2PM / ALL AGES WELCOME, CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT / UNRESERVED SEATING & SOME STANDING ‘Simone Felice has the poetic gifts and fearless aesthetic to rank among the all-time greats, from Cohen to Cave’. The Telegraph Where do I start about Simone Felice… writer, poet, songwriter, singer, drummer, brother of Ian and James and many other brothers… father of Pearl, his blue-eyed daughter who was born in a summer thunderstorm… Simone has had two neardeath experiences which the Guardian newspaper commissioned him to write about… Simone and his brothers rocked the roots music world when they formed their band… he was born in the Catskills, he has a classic Suzuki GT bike which he rides in upstate New York in the summer… as part of the Duke & The King band at Open House 2010 they performed one of the most extraordinary shows the festival has ever seen (on a Sunday afternoon in the Black Box no less)… he read from his book, Black Jesus, at the No Alibis book tent during Open House 2009… he calls me brother, he is a good buddy of and toured with Conor Oberst, he is a friend of and recorded & toured with Mumford & Sons… a month before his daughter Pearl was born Simone underwent emergency open heart surgery for a congenital heart defect – two weeks after the live-saving surgery he appeared at Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival to help rid their beloved Hudson river of industrial waste… Simone lives less than a mile from the creek-house he was born in, and likes to travel the world sharing his songs and stories… Simone has an “e” at the end but it’s still pronounced Simon. We think Simone Felice is one cool mother. Simone Felice will be joined by Simi Stone – she is one badass musician & singer too.

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SHANE McALEER WITH EAMON McELHOLM, EAMON MURRAY & RYAN O’DONNELL
SUNDAY 23RD JUNE 2013 THE JOHN HEWITT, 51 DONEGALL ST. BELFAST BT1 2FH TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £8.50 DOORS: 2PM / LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING WITH SOME STANDING ROOM / ALL AGES – CHILDREN WELCOME IF ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT Please note that this is an afternoon show The name Shane McAleer is as familiar in the worldwide Irish traditional music community as it is in his adopted city of Belfast. Originally from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, he first came to national attention after winning the 1990 fiddle title at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo. In 1991, aged just 18, he joined then up-andcoming Sligo band, Dervish, with whom he recorded their award-winning first four albums, and performed at many of the world’s largest folk festivals, sharing stages with the likes of Christy Moore, Paul Brady, The Dubliners and Sinead O’Connor. His debut solo recording Long Time, No See which features Irish traditional tunes as well as a couple of self-compositions, has been recorded with and produced by long time friend, guitarist and fellow Omagh man, Eamon McElholm (Solas) and features Eamon Murray (Beoga) on bodhran and Ryan O’Donnell on bouzouki.

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JARROD DICKENSON
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SUNDAY 23RD JUNE 2013 THE GREEN ROOM, BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £8 DOORS: 8PM / OVER 18S STANDING ROOM WITH LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING Grand Prizewinner, Belfast-Nashville Songwriting Competition Texas-born, New York City-based songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson’s slightly spooky melodies and lyrics evoke a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn’t yet kidnapped the country’s imagination and men wore hats every day. On his latest album, The Lonesome Traveller, Jarrod’s reflective lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune and abiding mystery transcend the decades... and nothing is better or worse right now than it’s ever been. IF YOU LIKE Iron & Wine, John Fullbright, Dylan LeBlanc, Gillian Welch, Fionn Regan, James Taylor or Willy Mason then you’ll love this.

BELFASTFOLK FEATURING

GERRY CREEN, CONOR CREEN & CLARE DIAMOND JANE & FRANK CASSIDY, MAURICE & ANNA LEYDEN FRETWEAR LONESOME GEORGE

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BELFASTFOLK SUNDAY 23RD JUNE 2013 THE JOHN HEWITT, 51 DONEGALL ST. BELFAST BT1 2FH TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £10 DOORS: 7.30PM LIMITED UNRESERVED SEATING WITH SOME STANDING ROOM Belfastfolk offers a combination of established performers on the Belfast folk scene plus some very exciting young talent. Gerry Creen is a leading singer songwriter in the city with a long and distinguished history, appearing alongside major artists at concerts and festivals here and abroad. Joining him on stage will be son Conor (keyboards) and neice Clare Diamond (accordion). Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden are no strangers to Open House, from several specially commissioned walking and singing tours of the Cathedral Quarter at past Open House festivals. Both are respected folk singers with an extensive repertoire covering many styles. Jane will appear with brother Frank, a talented multi instrumentalist. Maurice will perform with his and Jane’s daughter Anna (of Go Wolf fame!) on keyboards. Completing the line-up will be two up-and-coming local duos: Fretwear, featuring the folky-bluesy sound of John Tracey and Kevin Bartlett, and multiinstrumentalists Joe Campbell-McArdle and Myles McCormack, better known as two fifths of the band Lonesome George. WWW.BE L FASTF O L K .CO.U K

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FESTIVAL FINALE

MORGAN O’KANE BAND
WITH FERD 4 (FIDDLE), ZEKE HEALY (DOBRO) & LIAM CRILL (SPOONS)

SUNDAY 23RD JUNE 2013 BLACK BOX, 18-22 HILL ST. BELFAST, BT1 2LA TICKETS: ONLINE ADVANCE PRICE £5 DOOR PRICE £10 DOORS: 7.30PM / OVER 18S SOME SEATING (UNRESERVED) AND SOME STANDING Every so often, just when you think the well is dry and the tradition is dead, you are gratefully reminded that there is still water down there and that the tradition was only sleeping. Morgan O’Kane from Charlottesville, Virginia, is one of those reminders. A virtuoso banjo player, shouter and activist now based in New York City, Morgan recalls two other transplanted legendary southern artists; Reverend Gary Davis and Aunt Molly Jackson. Like the reverend, Morgan honed his skills making a living as a busking street artist. Like Aunt Molly, he has kept his connection to his Appalachian home. While Morgan O’Kane clearly knows his way around the old tunes, this ain’t no revival - he is more interested in creating his own, helped by the virtuoso band of New York City’s Dobro genius, Zeke Healy, the one-and-only Ferd Moyse IV on fiddle (Hackensaw Boys) and Liam Crill on spoons. Those of you who have attended Open House Festival over the years will know just how appropriate it is that Morgan & Ferd and the guys close this year’s festival. Good time ukulele and sing-along vibes comes from our very own democratic orchestra of the people, the mighty Uke Belfast. We have seen the future of rock n’ roll and it features at least one ukulele. IF YOU LIKE William Elliot Whitmore, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Hackensaw Boys, Trampled By Turtles, Pokey LaFarge and Jonny Corndawg, you’ll love this.

UKE BELFAST

OPEN HOUSE SESSION TRAIL
THURS 20TH JUNE Sunflower bar – 5:30pm: Gypsy Jazz session with Manouche Kitchen Bar – 8 to 10pm: Session with Aaron Hagan and friends Kellys Cellars – 9 to midnight: Session with Patrick O’Hare and friends Duke of York – 10pm to late: Session hosted by Donal O’Connor and friends McHughs – 5 to 8pm Aiden Walsh, Ruairí Cunnane, Ruadhraí O’Kane FRI 21ST JUNE The Garrick - 5.30 to 9pm: Session with Gary Duffy, Theresa Clarke and friends Maddens – 6 to 9pm: Session with Ruadhraí O’Kane and friends McHughs – 4 to 7pm: American Session with Ian Carmichael and friends Sunflower Bar – 7 to 10pm: Session with Myles, Joe & Dermot from Lonesome George Maddens - 10- to late: Session with Desy Adams, Darragh Murphy and friends S AT 2 2 N D J U N E McHughs - noon to 3pm: Brian Connolly and friends McHughs – 3 to 6pm: Session with Steve Porter and friends Kitchen Bar – 3 to 6pm: Session with Carol McConville and friends Sunflower Bar - 8pm onwards: Appalachian session with the Ragged & Rough String Band The Hatfield Bar – 10pm to late: Session with Jason O’Rourke, Conor Caldwell and friends Maddens – 10pm to late: Session with Shane McAleer and friends SUN 23RD JUNE The Garrick – 3 to 7pm: Session with Desy Adams and friends McHughs – 2 to 4pm: Slower session! Maddens – 9pm to late: Festival finale session

QUICK GUIDE W E D N E S DAY 1 9 T H J U N E Isobel Anderson & Ruby Colley The Green Room Lúnasa Black Box T H U R S DAY 2 0 T H J U N E Bhi Bhiman The Green Room Seamie O’Dowd The Sunflower Bar Luka Bloom Black Box F R I DAY 2 1 S T J U N E Free Friday, The White Mansions, Sara Swenson & Mike Donaghy The Sunflower Bar S AT U R DAY 2 2 N D J U N E Mick McAuley, Winifred Horan & Colm O’Caoimh Black Box Jesca Hoop The Green Room Little Bear, Biggles Flys Again Black Box Hillbilly Hell, The Backyard Devils, Hat Fitz & Cara Empire Music Hall Hillfolk Noir The Sunflower Bar S U N DAY 2 3 R D J U N E Simone Felice Black Box Shane Mc Aleer & Friends The John Hewitt Jarrod Dickenson, Emily-Rose Conlon The Green Room Belfastfolk Featuring Gerry Creen, Conor Creen & Clare DiamondJane & Frank Cassidy, Maurice & Anna Leyden, Fretwear, Lonesome George. The John Hewitt Morgan O’Kane band Black Box Doors 2.00pm £5.00 / £12.50 Doors 2.00pm £5.00 / £8.50 Doors 8.00pm £5.00 / £8.00 Doors: 7.30pm £5.00 / £10.00 Doors 7.30pm £5.00 / £10.00 Doors 2.00pm £5.00 / £10.00 Doors 3.00pm £5.00 / £10.00 Doors 8.00pm £5.00 / £10.00 Doors 8.00pm £5.00 / £10.00 Doors 8.00pm £5.00 / £8.00 Doors 7.30pm Free Doors 7.30pm £5.00 / £8.00 Doors 7.30pm £5.00 / £8.00 Doors 8.00pm £5.00 / £12.50 Doors 7.30pm £5.00 / £10.00 Doors 8.00pm £5.00 / £12.50

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