Portstewart Songwriters Festival showcasing song-writing talent from the north coast & beyond











Now in its third year this year’s Festival is set to run from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April 2016, featuring live music in bars, bistros and coffee shops across Portstewart throughout the weekend, with around 20 FREE gigs!


The line-up for the Festival, which is organised by local music promotion agency, The Listening Post, on behalf of Causeway Coast & Glens Council, and funded by participating venues in Portstewart will focus on local artists including Mark Blair, Claire Hill, Gary Anderson, Toni Whitten, and one of Portstewart’s own musical success stories – Tony Wright aka VerseChorusVerse. In addition the festival will showcase song-writing talent from further afield, including English anarcho-folk songwriter, James ‘Bar’ Bowen; Derry’s John Ross; Bangor-based troubadour Stephen Macartney, festival favourites No Oil Paintings; and Katie Richardson’s latest stunning musical incarnation, Goldie Fawn.



In addition to the raft of live performances, the Festival will also give the opportunity for anyone to come along and learn a little about what makes some of our weekend’s performers tick and the thought & process behind song-writing at our Songwriter’s Panel on Saturday afternoon. Furthermore, budding songwriters are invited to perform at the Open Mic Session on Sunday afternoon which will be open to all singer songwriters to come along and participate. Both events will take place at the Box (Big Telly Theatre Company’s performance space) on Porstewart Promenade.


In addition to the various gigs happening over the weekend, keep an eye out for the Big Telly Theatre Company Wee Portable Theatre, which will be hosting a series of pop up mini-gigs throughout the festival weekend. Keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter for details of these exclusive moments.



All gigs and events are FREE!


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