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Friday May 26th at 11am

Replay Theatre Company presents Woofle 

Tickets £5

 

In this 30-minute show, singer-songwriter Dan Leith brings us lots of furry fun with Woofle – a show about one Dan and his dog with lots of silly songs. From chasing bees and getting mucky, to taking a walk and having a bath, this quirky combination of video footage and live music gives an unusual view of the ups and downs of having a dog as your best friend.

 

Woofle is designed for children aged 4-10 and is an opportunity for children of primary school age to access a high quality, bespoke show created just for them. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Thursday May 18th at 8pm

Anthony Toner 'Ink' Album Launch 

(Featuring John McCullough and Matt McGinn)

Tickets £10

 

Anthony Toner celebrates the release of his seventh album with a tour of dates across Northern Ireland. This new collection, 'Ink', finds the Belfast-based songwriter in top form on a series of stripped back, acoustic-based songs dealing with the big themes of love, loss and happiness.

It’s been almost a decade since Anthony sprang onto the Northern Ireland music scene with his much-loved song ‘Sailortown’, and since then he has continued to move forward, releasing a string of albums packed with radio-friendly, insightful songs that lodge themselves in the heart and won’t leave, like ‘East of Louise’, ‘Well Well Well’, ‘The Road to Fivemiletown’, ‘The Duke of Oklahoma’ and more.

As always, expect all of these songs with selections from the new album, some beautiful guitar playing and singing and some great stories from the road.

Ticket Price includes a complimentary refreshment at the interval. Tickets are £10 and available now at our Reception (In person or call 028 7083 1400), or online at tinyurl.com/FACATInk

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Thursday May 11th at 8pm

The Hardchargers Debut Album Launch

(Featuring No Oil Paintings)

Tickets £10

 

The Hardchargers are the genuine article – lowdown whisky-soaked blues from Belfast in the style of Hendrix meets the Velvet Underground on Muddy Waters front porch with a crate of Jack Daniels.

Taking blues/roots/rock into exciting mercenary territory from aggressive washboard/resonator driven roots music, to provocative raunchy roadhouse style Blues rock. 

The Hardchargers have performed across the island of Ireland since 2009, performing at a stellar list of music & arts festivals, opening for cult US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Australia’s The Beards; The Waterboys and recently Alabama 3, this show launches the long-awaited debut album from one of Northern Ireland’s hardest working bands. 

Tickets are £10 and available now at our Reception (In person or call 028 7083 1400), or online.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Saturday April 29th at 8pm

The 4 Of Us in Concert

Tickets £14

 

The 4 Of Us have been a steadfast part of Irish music history for over a quarter of a century. Formed and fronted by Newry-born brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy, they have developed a unique musical identity, which has produced original and award- winning recordings, as well as a large and loyal fan base. To date, they have notched up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six top 20 Irish charting albums. Their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK, and Irish TV soundtracks.

The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow up Man Alivemade Q magazine's prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.

‘Sugar Island’, their latest album, explores the brothers' early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars. As singer Brendan recalls: ’It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.’

Promising to be one of their best studio recordings yet, Sugar Island features 12 new songs. It is arguably their most biographical album, including tracks reflecting on the brothers’ childhood, growing up in a border town during the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

The lead radio Single “Sugar Island” refers to the landmark heart of their hometown, which was also a popular meeting place for young lovers. ‘On the day I left you crying, on the bridge at Sugar Island’, as the lyric goes. For more info and a full list of tour dates + social media links go to: http://the4ofus.com/

https://www.facebook.com/The4OfUsOfficial https://twitter.com/the4ofus

 

SUGAR ISLAND ALBUM REVIEWS BELOW

 

IRISH TIMES 4/5

Border boys in troubled times ... Rational, perceptive pop/folk of the highest order

 

HOT PRESS | ALBUM REVIEW

Intricate arrangements, skillful lyric writing, and as we have come to expect from The 4 Of Us, the songs are imbued with considerable melodic flair. Excellent.

 

THE HERALD

Three decades on from their breakthrough hits, the Murphy brothers from Newry show they still know how to write melodic songs with a tender core and barbwire emotive edge.

 

SUNDAY TIMES

Sugar Island is one of several landmarks referenced by the brothers in songs such as Going South and Hometown on the Border, the latter’s mention of ‘soldiers tapping their heels’ being especially evocative - SUNDAY TIMES

 
Tickets are £14 and available now at our Reception (In person or call 028 7083 1400), or online at tinyurl.com/FAC4OfUs
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday April 6th at 8pm

The Ronnie Greer Organ Band (with special guest Nigel Mooney

Tickets £12 full/£10 conncession

Two of Ireland's premier blues and jazz guitarists combine for the first time in the Guitar/ Organ/ Drums setting, creating an irresistible groove reminiscent and inspired by the great Blue Note jazz label albums of the 50's and 60's, which featured the likes of organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Grant Green.

Ronnie Greer's distinctive guitar style, melding hard edged Chicago blues licks with be bop inspired jazz lines, has been critically acclaimed as world class. Dublin's Nigel Mooney has been one of the leading figures on the Irish jazz and blues scene for many years, and also commands much admiration amongst fans and musicians alike.

Joining Ronnie and Nigel on this gig are Scott Flanigan on Hammond organ and Darren Beckett on drums, two of Ireland's very finest and most in demand musicians.

Expect a night of hard swinging, blues drenched music played by some of the best in the business.

Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/RonnieGreer or through Flowerfield Arts Centre. Please contact 028 7083 1400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Sunday April 2nd at 2pm

Ivan Ilic in Concert at Flowerfield

Tickets £12 full, £10 concession 


Beethoven: Variations on a March by Dressler; Sonata in F-sharp major (“A Therese”), Op. 78 

Haydn: Symphony No 44 in E minor “Sorrow” transcribed for solo piano. 

Chopin: Three Nocturnes; Prelude Op. 45; three waltzes and three etudes.

 

Critically acclaimed classical pianist, Ivan Ilić returns with his stark, gently mournful but spellbindingly sensual style to Flowerfield for a Sunday Matinee performance. 

One of classical music’s most talented and intelligent artists, Ivan began music studies at age 6. He holds degrees in music and mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, where he took a Premier Prix in piano performance. 

Ivan has performed throughout America, Europe and South America including concerts at Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), the National Concert Hall (Dublin), Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), and the American Academy in Rome. 

Tickets are available now at our Reception (In person or call 028 7083 1400), or online at tinyurl.com/IvanIlic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday March 30th at 8pm


Ben Glover: The Emigrant Album Tour

Featuring Ciara O'Neill

Tickets £10

Glenarm-born singer/songwriter Ben Glover will take to the stage at Flowerfield Arts Centre later this month.

The gig on Thursday 30th March is part of his Emigrant tour – the same title Glover has chosen for his new album.

And it’s easy to see where he draws his inspiration– Irish-born but now based in Nashville, Glover’s world is split in two with an ocean in between.

Co-produced along with Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as he addresses the universal theme and personal challenge of immigration.

“Over the past couple of years, I have been going through the process of getting my U.S. Green Card, so the reality of immigration was very present in my world,” Glover says. Not only did he have to slice through web of bureaucratic issues, he also found himself face-to-face with the bigger questions posed by the process. “Contemplations like 'what and where is home?' were never far from my thoughts,” he said.

The Flowerfield event will showcase songs from the new album, including the title track which Glover started writing while on a rural writing retreat in Ireland.

It was completed with Gretchen Peters in Nashville, and when the song arrived, it unlocked a desire to make an album that brought together an older tradition with a present-day spirit.

Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/BenGloverFlowerfield or through Flowerfield Arts Centre. Please contact 028 7083 1400


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Thursday February 16th at 8pm


Preston Reed in Concert at Flowerfield

Preston Reed brings his acoustic guitar talent to Flowerfield Arts Centre on Thursday 16th Feb at 8pm.

After a whirlwind year performing in China, USA, Canada and Europe and an appearance on Sky Arts ‘Guitar Star’, Preston is set return to Flowerfield Arts Centre as part of his Irish tour!
The power and depth of Preston's timeless, imagery-evoking compositions are as unique as his execution. Blues, rock, metal, funk, jazz and classical styles are distilled into a breath-taking musical and visual experience - a border-hopping musical language that tells stories without words.

Recognised internationally as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, and as a ground-breaking innovator, Reed revolutionised the way the acoustic guitar is played. He has inspired generations of musicians and enchanted audiences the world over.

As millions of YouTube viewers have discovered, Reed's recordings and live performances continue to define the sound of the pioneering compositional guitar genre he invented over a quarter century ago.

“Widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist” Total Guitar

“Spectacular…the best one-man show this reviewer has seen since Bruce Springsteen…A terrific performer” The Irish Independent

Tickets are £13 and available now at our Reception (In person or call 028 7083 1400), or online at http://tinyurl.com/FACPreston


 


Thursday December 8th at 7.30pm


Girona Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert at Flowerfield

 

The Girona Community Orchestra is holding its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday 8th December 2016 at 7.30pm.  The Girona is delighted to be part of the seasonal programme at Flowerfield Arts Centre and with several new members this year, this has brought a new depth to the music which will be reflected in their diverse range of pieces - "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" by Gluck  , Andrew Lloyd Webber's  "Symphonic Reflections" and the Tchaikovskiana Suite  - Prelude - arranged by Wiltshire.

 There will of course be traditional carols for the audience to sing along to as well as several separate performances from trios and quartets from within the Girona featuring a broad range of musical delights. "Music for All" is our aim and our Christmas repertoire stretches both the ability of the musicians and pleases the ear of the audience. We also have invited guest performances to enhance the musical experience for our audience.

 


Tickets will be available from any orchestra member, McIntyre's on The Promenade Portstewart or at the door - £5.00 - which includes post performance refreshments.

 


Thursday October 13th at 8pm


Ciaran Lavery Live at Flowerfield

Support by Rosie Carney

 

Prince of Norway Tour
 
"It's the sound of a songwriter who's very in touch with his own ability and comfortable in his own skin" - Zane Low
"Lavery's songwriting is nothing short of remarkable" - Hot Press
"Strong, crafted, hugely engaging songwriting" - Irish Times
"One To Watch" - Independent
 
Having wowed the likes of Q, Clash Magazine, The Independent and KCRW with his recently revealed album 'Let Bad In", and hot off a debut tour of US & Canda and a return to Europe, Ciaran Lavery pays a visit to the north coast with a new album, a new video for album track 'Okkervil River' and the just announced the Irish leg of his much lauded 'Prince of Norway' Tour in which we are delighted to be involved! 
He may wield an acoustic guitar and write achingly beautiful universal truths, but Ciaran Lavery doesn’t conform to the sensitive singer-songwriter archetype. The County Antrim native’s second album, Let Bad In, blends Americana and hip-hop influences in a grainy voice with a deep soul impulse over processed beats and sumptuous strings.
Let Bad In is essentially an album based on the naivety of childhood & the loss of that innocence with age. In 2014, Lavery’s Kosher EP and Not Nearly Dark album went global, with the tracks, Shame and Left For America leading the charge racking up more than 30 million listens on the Spotify streaming service and inspiring a raft of renditions from other countries.
The release of Sea Legs, a mini-album on which Lavery collaborated with electronica artist Ryan Vail, won them a nomination for best album at the Northern Irish Music Prize. And then, later in the year, he won the Big Break, a search for the brightest of Ireland’s bright young things hosted by Hot Press magazine.
It’s all about momentum. And there is a real sense that this time belongs to Lavery, that his star will continue to soar in the ascendant just as the instinctive approach to his craft nudges him in other directions.

 

Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPgPfR7tiKg
 
Supporting Ciaran will be Rosie Carney, a 19 year old singer songwriter from Hampshire, UK now living in Donegal, Ireland. She gathers inspiration from the beautfully rugged landscape that surrounds her, along with her ability to disect and make others stories intobeautifully heartfelt songs.
 
"I find something quite wonderful about being vulnerable. I think it's such an important aspect of human nature, to allow our hearts to feel and break to their full capacity. I think it's so important to allow yourself the freedom to express how you're really feeling, be it through song, poetry or any form of art. When I was 10, I started composing my own classical pieces on the piano which allowed me to express how I was feeling at that current time. That's then when I figured it was okay to sing about how myself and others felt."
 
We look forward to welcoming both artists to Flowerfield in October.
 
PLEASE NOTE: This is a cabaret style event, please feel free to bring your own bottle.
 
Get your tickets online, telephone 028 70831400 or call at Flowerfield and pick them up from our reception desk
 

Sunday October 16 at 2.30pm

Grafitti Classics

Special Sunday Matinee Show

 

 

“…..will leave you wanting more.” – Daily Mail

“They had the audience falling off their seats with laughter.”. –Western Gazette

 

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old. Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. It's a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one!

There really is something for everyone and Graffiti Classics never fails to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting and virtuosic variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction.

For more details and updates, visit :http://www.graffiticlassics.com/


Get your tickets online, telephone 028 70831400 or call at Flowerfield and pick them up from our reception desk

 


 

 



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Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm, Saturday. Flowerfield is also often open on
weekday evenings when creative classes are running in the centre please call us for details.
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HU
028 7083 1400, info@flowerfield.org