This year The Market Place Theatre are hosting two fantastic shows, guaranteed to be popular. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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Dana Masters

Thursday 10 August | Tickets £12.00

Officially opening this year’s festival is the soulful Dana Masters.

 

Originally from the Deep South in the United States, Dana grew up with sound of soul, rhythm and blues and gospel music all around her. Her love for music developed as she grew up and lead her to study music, majoring in vocal performance at university. Music took Dana from South Carolina to Minneapolis and then on to Los Angeles where she lived for four years and where she met an Irish boy who would later become her husband.

 

In 2008 Dana and her husband moved to Northern Ireland. Although she sang sporadically, music generally took a back seat while Dana settled into life in a new country and culture. That all changed in early 2012 when Dana had a chance meeting with Linley Hamilton at a local music venue.  During that year Dana, Linley and some of the best Jazz musicians playing in Ireland began a weekly residency in the basement of McHughes bar in Belfast, the inspiration for Dana’s first EP.

 

From live work with BBC radio 4 and Proms in the Park to singing regularly with Van Morrison, Dana’s reputation as one of Ireland’s top vocalists continues to gain momentum. Dana is very excited to be writing original material again and can’t wait to share that with people! Calling Northern Ireland home, Dana is passionate about music as a vehicle to make people and communities vibrant.

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Tickets can also be purchased in The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW and by telephone, 028 3752 1821.


The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls 

Friday 11 August | Tickets £12.00

Donegal sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen are collectively known as The Henry Girls; nurtured musically by their celtic roots, their sound is not bound by them. They have found a way to personalise their music and, steeped as they are in tradition, successfully nourish the seeds of old with a bright, refreshing approach. They have a knack for creating authentic original material rich in traditional values. Their tight three-part harmonies are matched by soulful musicianship across a range of instruments including harp, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, banjo and piano.

 

This spring sees them release their 6th studio album, produced by Calum Malcolm (Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot), called Far Beyond The Stars.

 

The Henry Girls combine something of our Irish heritage with a more contemporary backdrop; imbuing it with compassion, insight and warmth. Having produced bands such as Clannad and Altan, Donegal has a reputation for having music beautiful enough to rival its awe-inspiring landscape, and The Henry Girls are part of the proof. They launched their new album Far Beyond The Stars earlier this year to great acclaim, for example The Sunday Times described it as ’astonishing’. The harmonising, lilting, melting voices imbue their music with overwhelming romanticism, although the very classic and traditional folk sound is given an edge with Americana, bluegrass and blues sounds. See them live and you will drift away with celtic harmonies, folkish melodies, and a dollop of that world-famous organic Donegal style.

 

‘These sisters have a sensational talent. The quality of their harmony singing goes beyond mere technique. They possess an unerring ability to blend tone and resonance in a seamless fashion’. Eamon Carr, The Evening Herald (IRL)

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Tickets can also be purchased in The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BW and by telephone, 028 3752 1821.


For more information on the 7 Hills Blues Fest

call: 028 3752 1800

 

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