Charity partnership announced with Atlantic Sessions, Northern Ireland

Ahead of our Help Musicians NI (HMNI) launch next week, we’re proud to announce a new charity partnership with Atlantic Sessions, showcasing over 50 artists in over 30 venues across Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae. Audiences can follow music trails in intimate venues throughout the three resorts with a different live performance taking place every hour, and it’s all admission free.

Now in its eighth year and firmly established in the music calendar, the Causeway Coast and Glens Council event has emerged as a permanent feature on the cultural calendar and has gathered a reputation both among performers and music lovers. Live music ranges from traditional, bluegrass and americana to electronic, indie and acoustic singer-songwriters. It offers a platform for emerging talent as well as established artists from across Northern Ireland and an opportunity to bring their music beyond urban hubs.

This year’s festival is programmed by Snow Water, and its Director, Carolyn Mathers who said:

“Northern Ireland is extraordinary in the richness of its talent and our artists are receiving international awards and acclaim. Atlantic Sessions will celebrate our incredible music scene, musical heritage, artistic excellence, hospitality, and with the backdrop of stunning coastal scenery and magnificent views. This year we will feature a series of new collaborations and 'In the Round' concerts exclusively for the Atlantic Sessions, seven of the NI Music Prize 2016 nominees, EP and Single launches, and audiences will have an opportunity to witness our finest singer-songwriters partner together in intimate environments.”

Causeway Coast and Glens Council are honoured to dedicate Atlantic Sessions 2016 to Henry McCullough, who was previously helped by the charity. Not only was Henry an instinctive guitarist and singer-songwriter, he was also proud of his North Coast roots and passionate about helping his fellow musicians in any way he could.

HMNI Director Christine Brown said: “Help Musicians is proud to be charity partner of the Atlantic Sessions. This marks the first launch of Help Musicians NI, the region’s own independent music charity, outside of Belfast. As our first outreach operation, this is a milestone for our 95-year-organisation and we are looking forward to supporting and embellishing the unique musical ethos and heritage of the region. I would also like to take this opportunity to tribute the incredible career of Henry McCullough, a musician the charity knew very well, and we are honoured to be part of a Festival which remembers his musical legacy.” 

Learn more about our HMNI launch by visiting our dedicated, pages join the conversation online using #HMNI

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