Legend Linley to jazz up Banbridge Arts Festival

Linley Hamilton.
Linley Hamilton.

Banbridge District Council recently celebrated the launch of this year’s Banbridge District Community Arts Fest with tuneful assistance from local jazz legend, Linley Hamilton.

The Festival, which is supported by the Department of Social Development, runs from Friday, October 11 to Friday, November 1, features a pulsating programme of musical, theatrical and literary performances, as well providing all ages with the opportunity to harness their own creative and artistic talents.

Saturday, October 12 sees Banbridge Old Town Hall host Banbridge poet Colin Hassard who will present his acclaimed ‘Hassardous Material’, an entertaining and inspiring show mixing passionate spoken word, melodic guitar-based rock and story-telling. Admission is £5 and booking is essential.

The Bronte Centre, Rathfriland, plays host to soprano Gemma Prince and pianist Gail Evans for an enchanting Evening of Opera on Friday, October 18 from 8pm. Tickets for the event are £10.

A Night of Music with Crawford Bell, Ivan Black and Banbridge Ladies Community Choir, conducted by Norman Brown, will take place at Banbridge Old Town Hall on Thursday, October 24 from 7.30-9.30pm. Featuring hits from the Beatles, Abba, some classic Rock ‘n’ Roll, good old Country and Irish music, along with well-known songs from the West End shows including ‘Les Miserables’.

Live music fans will be delighted to learn that local legend Linley Hamilton will be playing his ‘Friday Night Jazz’ at the Old Town Hall, Banbridge from 7.30pm on Friday, October 25. Linley has been a major player in the Irish jazz scene for over twenty years, and since then has juggled several careers as a trumpet player, BBC jazz broadcaster and educator with Making Music Workshop. He has enjoyed many career highlights, including collaborations with Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Foy Vance, Eleanor McEvoy, Jacqui Dankworth and Gareth Dunlop, to name a few. He is currently celebrating the success of his own most recent album ‘Taylor Made’. Tickets can be booked by contacting Banbridge District Council on 4066 0605.

To read more about the festival see page 13.