Every year I get excited by the music that features across the programming of our 4 Corners Festival.

This year there is a plethora of musical gifting on the bill and also the undercard.

Obviously Gary Lightbody (In Conversation) and Ken Haddock (Belfast Songbook) are the big musical events. Both are sold out with a waiting list.

Do not miss though all the other performances.

The world renowned folk singer Tommy Sands will be singing twice at the Festival. He will be a major contributor to Grace Beneath The Cranes where he will be the singer between two poets Linda Molloy and Beano Niblock.

Tommy will also be part of the Stephen Travers: Life In Songs event. Stephen will tell his story of being in Ireland burgeoning Show Band scene to fighting for his life after the Miami Showband massacre and then up to date.

We are thrilled to have Brian Houston performing one of his new Celtic worship songs at our BBC Radio Ulster Sunday service. Brian’s new songs seek to have authentic cultural worship for the Irish. An exclusive!

Beki Hemingway, our American Songwriter with the awesome voice living in Dundalk, has closed the last two Festivals. This year she sings at Grace Moments in St Anthony’s where Bishop Alan Abernethy and Brendan McAllister will be the speakers.

We are thrilled to have Anthony Toner back at 4 Corners too. Anthony’s recent record Our Lady Of The Wind and Rain was one my favourite records of 2019 and Anthony will be showing us the power of words in a poetry and song mix up with Damian Gorman who will be in conversation with Jude Hill.

Dave Thompson who has brought his songwriting to the Festival a few times is back as part of our Considering Grace event. This is an evening when we will read Presbyterian responses to the Troubles in St John’s Parish on the Falls Road with Seamus Mallon responding.

Finally we are delighted to add Jamie Neish to the bill for our closing evening when Peter McVerry and Ruth Koch will be telling us how we can be instruments of grace across the world and literally on our doorsteps.

This is a lot of music and as with all things 4 Corners Festival… all of the very best quality.

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