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Market Yard comes alive with the Rhythm of the Bann

Market Yard comes alive with the Rhythm of the Bann

Wed, June 28, 2017

If walls could talk what a story Coleraine’s Market Yard would tell following the fabulous Rhythm of the Bann event on Saturday evening.

For the first time, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council utilised the space as an events venue – bringing the very best of local and international talent together in the historic surroundings.

Hosted by Tim McGarry and Thon Boy Hume, the festival of music and dance got off to a blazing start with a specially choreographed ‘Rhythm of the Bann’ performance by Dominic Graham School of Irish Dance and Michelle Johnston School of Highland Dance.  The spectacular display fused together the two dance genres with breath taking results.

This was followed by Coleraine’s very own Hannah McPhillimy who brought her unique style of jazz and indie complete with stand-out vocals.

Spanish band Ballyrua arrived in Coleraine fresh from the festival circuit in Europe, wowing the audience with their unique style of Galician music. Talented two piece Sullivan and Gold played a mixture of material including some from their latest album Guatemala. Vocalist Ben Robinson is originally from Coleraine, so the event was a great opportunity to play to a truly ‘home’ crowd.

Finally, the evening culminated with a rousing display by the much anticipated Peatbog Faeries who certainly didn’t disappoint!  Taking traditional Scottish music into the 21st century with their fantastic arrangement of traditional jigs and reels played through jazz, hip hop, reggae and much more, this was Scots Celtic music as you’ve never heard it before. 

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council would like to thank all those who supported the inaugural festival, which helped to showcase the Market’s Yard potential as an outdoor events venue.

Anyone interested in using the Market Yard as an events space can contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council by ringing 028 7034 7034.