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Updates for 3rd December 2010


The 7th Belfast Nashville Songwriters` Festival takes place at various venues across the city from 23 – 27 February 2011.

Among the artists taking part will be Belfast`s own Brian Kennedy, Joe Echo, Foy Vance, Gareth Dunlop, Shauna Tohill, Gerry Creen and Wes Grierson. Hit writers Billy Bragg, Nik Kershaw, Cerys Matthews, Tony Hawks and Karima Francis are among the high profile visitors, alongside several successful artists from Belfast`s Sister City, Nashville, including John Brannen, James House and Festival favourite, Grammy Award winning performer Nanci Griffith.

Brian will appear at the Festival on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 23rd February 2011
    Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival 2011
    Writers workshop & Evening concert
    Details soon on
  • Thursday 24th February 2011
    Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival 2011
    Solo concert May Street Church

    Doors 7:30pm, Showtime 8:30pm Tickets £25.00

Bands playing original music feature once again with Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, Pugwash, Aslan, Louisiana Joyride, Bellwether State and Southern all confirmed to play. Several local writers also are coming home to take their place on stage, including LA-based Thin Lizzy frontman Ricky Warwick and globe-trotting Lisburn artist Aaron Shanley.

Behind every great song there`s a great writer and Belfast has its own unique festival to celebrate the art of song writing. Panarts has created an annual songwriter`s event, the only one of its kind in UK/Ireland, that draws music industry professionals from around the globe.

The Chairman of Belfast City Council`s Development Committee and the Belfast Nashville Sister Cities Steering Group, Councillor Conor Maskey, commented:

"Over the last 16 years of the Sister City relationship between Belfast and Nashville, we`ve been working to promote cultural, tourism and business development opportunities - and there have been numerous successful collaborations.

“But the true highlight of the relationship is the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival - it just keeps getting better every year. Like Nashville, Belfast has a reputation as the birthplace of great music and it is a great musical city, and this festival not only enables our local communities to share in a unique cultural exchange programme between the Sister Cities, but it inspires them to be creative, is a fantastic opportunity for new talent to shine through and significantly increases the number of Belfast musicians doing business internationally.

“This year, there`s a stellar cast of more than 100 songwriters and over 30 concerts, making the 2011 Belfast Nashville Songwriters` Festival a really welcome boost for tourism and for local business".

Festival Director Colin Magee added:

“We`re shining a spotlight on the talented people behind hit songs and working hard to inspire local writers to improve their music skills. It`s the seventh year of our event and the demand for songwriter showcase spots at the festival is huge.

“Once again, we have a fantastic line up with great solo and `In The Round` concerts, and, of course, the 7th Song Writing Convention, our annual music industry conference.”

Tickets for both the concerts and the Panarts Song Writing Convention are available from or the Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Place.

The Belfast Nashville Songwriters` Festival is sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Department for Social Development, the American Consulate, Madisons Hotel, Avalon Guitars and PRS for Music