SAT 3RD JUN, 2017 7:00pm – Holywood Rugby Club

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Friday 2nd June

Doors 7pm – Finish 10.45pm
Holywood Rugby Club Marquee


Duke Special and traditional musicians Ulaid have collaborated on a collection of old and new songs and tunes they’ve called The Belfast Suite. Drawing on their influences from the traditional music world and pre-rock and roll song writing, Ulaid and Duke Special combine forces to create an unforgettable musical experience.

Exploring the collection of noted historian and antiquary – Francis J Bigger, they have written new compositions inspired by obscure treasures found among the Bigger collection and by the incredible story of the city of Belfast.

Playing to their strengths, the collaboration allows the stunning musicianship of Ulaid and Duke Special’s curiosity in story to shine which delivers a unique and compelling new sound.


The Emerald Armada was brought to life with the soul ambition of creating music from all of lifes little inspirations. Since 2010 the Armada has foot stomped, knees up’d and even the odd crowded surfed around the UK & Ireland.

“Right from the beginning of their set they hit you with an intricate wall of sound, tickling your eardrums in all the right places.” DepthOverDistance, Glasgow

Based in Belfast out of Jamlive Studios, Red House are a Blues/Blues Rock group. They are a sharp four piece unit, who write all their own songs. The group are Caolan Donaghy (guitar and lead vocals, Adam McCallan (guitar), Odhran Cassidy (bass) and Darragh Tibbs (drums). Influences include The Beatles, Kasabian, Blink 182, Arctic Monkeys, Jimi Hendrix, Blur, Oasis, AC/DC, The Strokes.


Saturday 3rd June

Doors 7pm – Finish 10.45pm
Holywood Rugby Club Marquee


Something amazing happens when Hothouse Flowers step onto the stage – something that has been shaped by over thirty years of singing and playing all over the world, yet no two shows have ever been the same! There is a sense of musical adventure, an impulse to reach new heights and depths in music where the unspoken aim is that the band and the audience become one and the world becomes a different place for a while.

Despite the bands lengthy career which is now heading into its fourth decade there is a sense of unfinished business. Every night they want to play the best gig they have ever played and take the musical risks that can maybe make that possible. There are still songs to be written and emotions to share. Whether its in a tiny club, an arena or in a festival field there is a sense that the best is yet to come.


The Nat Youle band are an upbeat, foot tapping band whose “hit the dance floor” set will be complimented by the haunting and unique vocals of lead singer Nat Youle. Look out for the band’s first EP due out this summer.

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Having supported artists such as Horslips, Alabama 3, Henry McCullough and Pat McManus Ciaran McElhinney has carved a niche as being a versatile artist capable of playing many styles and crowds. Influenced by a wide range of music his own style is a local brand of Blues and Americana meets Bluegrass meets Rock.

Sunday 4th June

Doors 7pm – Finish 10.45pm
Holywood Rugby Club Marquee


At a time where originality has reached a road block, Gareth Dunlop has managed to find an escape route with a musical approach that is fresh, emotionally charged, and addressing issues that become personal to the listener.”    – Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio Ulster

“Gareth is one of our finest young talents and his repertoire has style, soul and substance.” – Lisa Flavelle, U105

“Every once in a while you have the opportunity To see a musician who projects themselves with such tremendous ease and honesty, it can only be attributed to sheer talent, years of hard work and a deep understanding of the material being performed.”

Originally from the Deep South in the United States, Dana Masters 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.


Sam Wickens is a powerful singer and songwriter, gifted with the talent to arouse the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. Often compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Bon Iver, Paolo Nutini, he is a perceptive writer and performer with a restless creativity, a personal blend of soul, blues, gospel, and folk. A native of Bangor County Down, Sam recently traveled to Tennessee, where he performed at the famous Bluebird Café, Nashville.




Frisky Bear

62a High Street

Friday 2nd June: Grand Camaros (10pm – late)
Saturday 3rd June: The Mark Braidner Band (10pm – late)


61 High Street

Sunday 4th June: The Flavelles (1.30pm – 3pm)

Johnny the Jig

57 High Street

Friday 2nd June: Stuart Lunn (7.30pm – 10pm)
Neil & Nat (10.30pm – late)
Saturday 3rd June: Live music (7.30pm – 10pm)
Wilfie & Johnny (10.30pm – late)


25 Church Road

Sunday 4th June: Fiona Trotter Band (5 – 7pm)

The Stokers Halt

29 Hibernia Street

Friday 2nd June: Boneyard Boys (10pm – late)
Saturday 3rd June: The Beer Gardeners (10pm – late)

Meet Our Buskers

Around the town on Friday a whole host of local buskers will be entertaining you as you shop. Please be kind to these talented folk.

To contact Harmony Festival:

Mari Jackson
email: info@harmonyfest.co.uk
phone: 077 515 75079

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