Summer, soup and feel good classic songs at Down Arts Centre

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Down Arts Centre is delighted to bring two wonderful local singers to Downpatrick as June heralds the start of summer. brigid2 On Friday 5th June at 1pm, local signer/songwriter Brigid O’Neill will launch Soup and a Song, a series of four lunchtime concerts at Denvir’s Hotel, and on Saturday 6 June at 8pm, soprano Michelle Baird and her Elluna Music Trio will make a welcome return to DAC with some favourite summer hits. Spice up your Friday lunchtimes this June at Soup and a Song, hosted by Denvir’s Hotel. Each week a local musician will entertain you with a variety of songs, followed by a delicious bowl of soup. What better way to start your weekend? On Friday 5th June County Down singer/songwriter Brigid O’Neill will launch the series of four lunchtime concerts. Brigid’s music is a mix of country blues and folk with a delicious dash of jazz. Brigid delivers her strongly crafted songs with a distinctive pure voice and an harmonious blend of guitars and vocals to lift the heart and soothe the soul. In addition to Brigid’s own material, expect some well-chosen covers from favourites such as Alison Krauss, Steven Earle and Emylou Harris. Down Arts Centre is delighted to welcome back acclaimed local singer Michelle Baird and her ‘Elluna’ musicians for a special summer variety concert on Saturday 6th June at 8pm. The show is performed and hosted by Michelle, accompanied by her talented Elluna musicians, Comber’s Stephen Carlisle on piano and Kilkeel violinist, Michelle Haughian. brigid1Michelle’s special guest will be local singer and actor Matthew Forsythe who has appeared alongside ‘Lewis’ star Laurence Fox and Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis on the West End stage. Featuring lots of feel good summer hits from Eva Cassidy to the Eagles, the Carpenters to Coldplay and more, what better way to start your summer days? Michelle commented, “We’re delighted to be returning once again to the fantastic Down Arts Centre, this time to perform my favourite summer songs! Since last year’s performance, Elluna have been fortunate to have several sell-out shows including a special Christmas night in the stunning Mussenden Temple. “Our repertoire is so varied which is something our audiences seem to enjoy and there’s always something for everyone’s musical tastes.” Don’t forget – Creating Connections, a 6-week programme of events aimed at older adults, including those at risk of isolation or with a learning disability, takes place every Wednesday morning from 10.30am – 1pm. There will be a variety of fun and inspiring films celebrating older people, and with tea, coffee and conversation on tap it’s a great morning out! The events are free and full programme details are available at To purchase tickets (Soup and a Song £10 / £8; Sounds of Summer £12 / £10) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747 or visit For offers and updates, like us on Facebook (Down-Arts-Centre).
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