Friends' Goodwill Festival 2017

Line Up


Una Healy


Friday 19 May 2017 Line Up

Jim Devine

Jim Devine - On stage at 9.30pm

He may be a relative newcomer but Jim Devine now finds himself catapulted up among the elite of Irish country stars.

Along with his multi-talented band, the former ‘Voice of Ireland’ star is bringing a whole new dimension to the country dancing scene.  The galaxy of awards which have come Jim’s way, particularly in the past year, testify to his new-found status. And the indications are that the popular Tyrone singer and his band's penchant for delivering a lively, bouncy programme will invariably see them generate a tremendous atmosphere at all events.

The country dancing scene in Ireland has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years because of the emergence of a raft of fresh, hugely talented bands that are laying down a marker for the future. It can be truthfully stated that Jim Devine is certainly playing his part in helping to cement this welcome trend.

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Marty Mone

Marty Mone - On stage at 8pm

Marty Mone little dreamt that when he commenced business as an agricultural contractor that one day it would help him become a household name.

The popular Castleblayney man is currently enjoying huge success with his second hit single ‘Slip the Clutch’, a follow-up to the phenomenally successful ‘Hit the Diff’. Having released Hit the Diff the album, Marty has grown a legion of fans young and old.

His track ‘Hit the Diff’ became a viral anthem on youtube with over 3.5 million views, the song became a hit not only for the farming community but in most towns and cities and was probably the most covered song of 2015 and 2016.

Marty Mone Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ Youtube ¦ Soundcloud

Broken String Band

Broken String Band

Broken String Band - On stage at 6.30pm

The Broken String Band play traditional, raw acoustic Appalachian mountain music at its foot-tapping best.

This dynamic band features Geordie McAdam who has teamed up with his old friend Michael Ash. Both are former members of the Black Mountain String Band, who have been favourites with live music audiences for many years.

They play old time music with real passion and enthusiasm. Along with Geordie and Michael are the Muirhead brothers, Ivan and Adrian – two exceptional musicians with a long tradition of music in the family.

This pair add the bluegrass sound and drive to the band. With bass player Big Walty, these guys have real talent and gel together with ease – fun is their number one priority.

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Saturday 20 May 2017 Line Up

Una Healy

Headlining our Saturday night concert is the delightful Una Healy.

Best known as one-fifth of The Saturdays, Una has recently launched her debut solo album The Waiting Game.  The album sees Una return to her roots and the music she has always loved.
On The Waiting Game, Una has worked with some of the world’s most acclaimed songwriters and producers, including Grammy winner Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'), Ben Earle from The Shires, Nick Atkinson (Gabrielle Aplin), singer-songwriter Jack McManus and Sacha Skarbek (Lana Del Ray, Jason Mraz). 

The Waiting Game features the single Stay My Love, a collaboration with Sam Palladio, star of the hit US TV series Nashville and was co-written by Amy Wadge.

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Barry Kirwan and Philomena Begley

Barry Kirwan - On stage at 7.30pm

Barry Kirwan was born with music in the very makeup of his DNA.

As the son of Irish country music singing sensation Dominic Kirwan, it comes as no surprise that Barry had showbiz aspirations from a very early age.

On 6th May 2016, Barry released his first solo single ‘‘Keep It In The Middle Of The Road’ from his debut studio album. The song shot to No. 1 spot on the Irish iTunes Country chart and No.2 on the UK iTunes Country chart –  a foretelling of the successful career this rising star will undoubtedly have in the years ahead.  

Having already been nominated ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the 2016 RTE Irish Country Music Awards, Barry Kirwan is set to take the Irish country scene by storm!

Tonight Barry welcomes the undisputed Queen of Irish Country Music, Philomena Begley, on stage with him.

Barry Kirwan Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ Youtube

Four Men and a Dog

Four Men and a Dog - On stage at 6.15pm

From their coming together in the 1990s, Four Men and a Dog have gone on to perform at festivals around the world.

With over 25 years on the Trad Music scene, the band has cemented their position as one of the best Irish Trad-based acts of the last three decades.  Audiences are now experiencing a wide range of musical genres in the Four Men and a Dog's traditional Irish sound, with rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, salsa, swing, polkas, and more recently, rap being fused into their repertoire.

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Niamh McGlinchey

Niamh McGlinchey - On stage at 5pm

Niamh's roots are in Folk and Traditional Music, however in recent years Niamh has ventured into Country and Bluegrass also; not to mention composing and performing her own material.

The multi-instrumentalist's debut mini-album was released in July 2012. This marked the start of Niamh's professional career as a singer-songwriter and has brought about much success. In recent times, Niamh has supported numerous artists including; Daniel O'Donnell, Louise Morrissey, Bagatelle, Frances Black, Derek Ryan, Andy Irvine, Mickey Coleman and more recently Nathan Carter. 

Niamh McGlinchey Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ Youtube

Chelsey Chambers

Chelsey Chambers - On stage at 4pm

Chelsey Chambers remembers the music of Johnny Cash being popular in her house as she grew up in Moneymore, a small farming town in the heart of Mid-Ulster. 

Chelsey says her influences are many but a few that stand out are: Shania Twain; Taylor Swift; Sheryl Crow; Johnny Cash and Lady Antebellum. She lists, ‘Missing You’ by John Waite; ‘Suspicious Minds’ by Elvis Presley and ‘Up’ by Shania Twain as amongst her favourite singles and Eric Clapton and John Lennon as her favourite musicians. Nathan Chapman is the record producer she most admires.

Musician and BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster Linley Hamilton was impressed with Chelsey’s song writing ability and her singing. He set up the recording of her debut EP, ‘I’m Falling’, which include ‘Braveface’ and ‘Turn Back Time’ along with the title track. The EP featured Gareth Dunlop, John McCullough and members of Foy Vance’s band and was recorded at the Hill House Studios, Newtownards. Since the release of ‘I’m Falling’, the EP and the quality of her song-writing has started to open doors for Chelsey. BBC Radio 1 played ‘Braveface’, a track from the EP, and BBC Radio Ulster has been very supportive. 

Also on the strength of her songs, and her performances, Chelsey has been invited to be the special guest on American legend Don McLean’s Spring 2015 tour of the UK and Ireland.

Chelsey Chambers Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ Youtube ¦ Soundcloud


Stonewall - On stage at 2.40pm

Stonewall started out life primarily as a folk group playing at various concerts, church events, etc. As time went by they ventured further into the world and have never looked back! 

It's been an eventful few years for the band with some incredible opportunities across the globe. They've travelled to Atlanta, Georgia for the past 6 years to play at the Stone Mountain Highland Games as part of Tourism Ireland's drive to attract visitors to Ireland. They've also been out to Beijing, China two years in a row to play at a large St Patrick's Day Ball for the Irish Network China as well as appearing on television and radio on numerous occasions here in Northern Ireland.

Stonewall Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ iTunes


Gormacha - On stage at 1.20pm

Gormacha play original compositions and their own distinctive arrangements of early folk and blues classics and lesser known works. 

There was a range and a complexity to much of the early blues music.  At its best it seemed almost to issue forth from musicians; more something they were, rather than something they did.  Gormacha play in an authentic American blues style, drawing on influences from the 1920s and 1930s.  Yet their music also reflects Irish and indeed Belfast roots.

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Cup O' Joe

Cup O' Joe - On stage at 12.00pm

Cup O'Joe are the rising stars of the international bluegrass scene and BBC Young Folk Award nominees. They perform an original and energetic mix of bluegrass and gypsy jazz.

These three siblings were raised on a healthy diet of music festivals and concerts from a young age and this influence is clear in their eclectic and enthusiastic performances.  With Reuben on guitar and mandolin, Benjamin on upright bass, and Tabitha on banjo and fiddle, their music is a fusion of hard driving Bluegrass with a mix of Jazz, Old Time, and Swing.

The trio has played at festivals and events all over Europe and are the first non US group to have been asked to play on the Youth Stage at IBMA in Raleigh North Carolina.

Cup O' Joe Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ Youtube

Larne Town Stage

The Grouse Beaters

The Grouse Beaters - On stage at 1pm

This Ulster-Scots Folk group have a strong following in the Larne area, and for a good reason.

Their renditions of familiar songs and infectious banter encourages the audience to join in and sing along.  

As regular players around the pubs and clubs in Northern Ireland and Scotland, The Grouse Beaters continue to grow in numbers and fans.

Larne Music Yard

Larne Music Yard - On stage at 12pm

Larne Music Yard is a facility that provides music tuition and workshops with qualified tutors.

Lessons are available for people of all ages and skill sets, either learning a new instrument, working towards graded exams or simply wanting to play for fun.

This is an opportunity for students to perform live and show the musical talent being nurtured in Larne.

Larne Music Yard Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter 


Sunday 21 May 2017 Line Up

Dana Masters

Dana Masters - On stage at 4.45pm

Originally from the Deep South in the United States, Dana grew up with sound of soul, rhythm and blues and gospel music all around her.

In early 2012 Dana had a chance meeting with Musician and Broadcaster Linley Hamilton at a local music venue.  During that year Dana, Linley and some of the best Jazz musicians playing in Ireland began a weekly residency in the basement of McHughes bar in Belfast, the inspiration for Dana’s first EP. From live work with BBC Radio 4 and Proms in the Park to singing regularly with Van Morrison, Dana’s reputation as one of Ireland’s top vocalists continues to gain momentum. Dana is very excited to be writing original material again and cant wait to share that with people!

Calling Northern Ireland home, Dana is passionate about music as a vehicle to make people and communities vibrant. 

Dana Masters Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ Youtube

Brian Houston

Brian Houston - On stage at 3.30pm

Belfast musician Brian Houston has a new-found love for his hometown, following a two-year stint living and working in America. And the singer/songwriter - who has previously recorded three gospel albums and is well-known for having a strong faith - reveals he is now stepping away from the genre to concentrate on traditional Irish classics.

Having returned to his native east Belfast, Brian says crossing the pond to the States changed his life in more ways than one - and it was only while he was in America that he began to yearn for the traditional songs beloved by his father, William.

Although he had a successful career here as a full-time musician, playing sell out shows at the Grand Opera House for two years in a row, he was hungry to find something new to keep the creative juices flowing. And after a quiet start in the US when he had modest expectations, Brian's blend of singing quickly found a new and much bigger audience.

"I owe my career in music to the fact I grew up in Belfast. I probably wouldn't be the creative person I am, if I hadn't been born here."

His love of old songs, which had lain dormant for most of his music career, surfaced when he was played a gig in America and a woman in the audience asked him to play some old Irish tunes.

The new album, inspired by dad William and aptly called Songs From My Father, is a collection of timeless classics reinterpreted by Brian. 

(Exerpts from article by Helen Carson, Belfast Telegraph)

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Connla - On stage at 2.15pm

Connla are an exciting new band with strong traditional roots as well as influences from across the globe. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community. Having met whilst studying Music at Ulster University, they quickly began performing together and developing friendships.
Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene. Since the release of their EP in April 2015, they have been receiving rave reviews from home and internationally, and have already gathered a big following in Europe and the USA. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla. 

Irish Music Magazine stated of them; “Consider this your early warning system, there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla” (Irish Music Magazine)

Connla Music Website ¦ Facebook ¦ Twitter ¦ Youtube ¦ Soundcloud

Willie Drennan

Willie Drennan - On stage 1pm

Willie Drennan is a traditional musician, storyteller, poet and writer.

The Ulster Scots cultural traditions of his native County Antrim are the root source of much of his material. He travelled and worked extensively throughout Europe and North America between 1976 and 1997.

Willie has led over 100 cultural heritage workshops. These workshops have focused on a variety of topics including storytelling, traditional music songs and poetry, the Lambeg drum, Ulster Scots history/culture and the works of Rabbie Burns.

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