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Join Online for an Evening of Latin Music and Dance

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is looking forward to the return of the talented Los Dramaticos for a wonderful acoustic recording as part of its Northern Lights Sessions. 

The concert will air via Facebook @roevalleyarts and @flowerfieldarts on Thursday 17th June at 8pm.

Made up of Victor Henriquez (charango, spanish guitar, vocals) and Paddy Anderson (flamenco guitar, vocals), over the last decade Los Dramaticos has established a reputation as a much sought-after live act, most recently with their hugely successful sold-out Fire in the Blood tour.

The duo perform dazzling songs and instrumental pieces from around Latin America and Spain, with a fusion of flamenco and Andean traditions. This reflects their heritage: Victor is a master charango player from Valparaíso in Chile while Paddy is one of the most accomplished flamenco guitarists in the UK and Ireland. His artistic path began in Seville 20 years ago, and developed during his many years living and studying music in Granada, Andalucia.

Los Dramaticos have been performing at festivals and theatres around Ireland and the UK along with long running residencies in their home city of Belfast for the past number of years.

In connection with the Los Dramaticos concert, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is also running a dancing together class on Wednesday 16th June at 8pm where you can learn how to dance with a partner to enjoy the virtual concert to the fullest. Husband and wife dance partners, Tonya Sheina Batts and Steve Batts of Echo Echo dance Theatre Company will give you some simple tips and pointers to help you have fun moving together.

You can have a go with a dance partner in your home or bubble. If you don’t have a dance partner, don’t worry, you can still join in and learn some tips to enjoy dancing solo to the concert.  You can access the class via the Facebook channels from 8pm.

Watch and learn from the comfort of your own home and get ready to be transported to sunny Latin America!

To find out more visit www.roevalleyarts.com and www.flowerfield.org . 

Both videos will be available via our Facebook and Youtube channels after the concert is over if you miss them.

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Sarah O’Moore Drops New Single ‘I Need U’

Irish singer songwriter, Sarah O’Moore latest single ‘I Need U’ is available now on all streaming platforms. The song is an energetic anthem that examines the wrong doings in society. The boisterous sound coupled with matter-of-fact lyrics allows the song to flow through an honest ravine.

Making heads turn with her timeless, sultry, powerhouse voice is Irish singer-songwriter Sarah O’Moore. Raised on a diet of rock Gods & folk legends, is it any wonder that her style pogos from contemporary RNB to soul? Drawing comparison from Amy Winehouse to Billie Holiday. Sarah is a voice in her own right penning deeply introspective and profoundly outlandish work. Borrowing from her Corkonian roots, Sarah’s songs carry the dark underbelly of societal demise and her hybrid fusion of rich lyricism and melodic roots make her a touchstone for current times.

From an early age, Sarah has always been attracted to the soul talent of Nina Simone, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. It was through cosmic wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, Sarah was able to hone her craft. Pursuing her dreams, Sarah set shore to Bristol; where she is currently studying Songwriting at BIMM.

O’Moore has said that the song is about ‘the political undertones of the past year. Its after showcasing the Omnipresence of racism in society and the ongoing battles of minority groups. It’s reignited our need to combat these issues. Lets not have the victors steal the narrative and have its victims forgotten.

The song is rallied with immediacy with the use of synth textures and raw vocals. The song questions the latent attitudes of government power. It’s time to support, speak up, press play and listen away.

Sarah plans to launch her debut E.P, “social paralysis” later this year. Which will act as a testimony to James Joyce’s “Dubliner’s”. She will embark on bringing these 20th century archetypes to life.

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Iconic NI band The Outcasts to take Punk to the Park

The ever-popular Belfast punk band, The Outcasts are set to make an explosive return to the stage at Ward Park in Bangor at Punk in the Park this summer as restrictions are eased and live gigs are permitted.  

The event, taking place on Sunday 22 August 2021 at 3pm – 5pm, is part of the Open House Festival as it resumes after a year’s hiatus with live music, comedy and spoken word events throughout August and September. The Belfast born punk group, made up of brothers Greg and Martin Cowan along with JP and Petsey Burns, will take to the stage in their first performance since 2020, supported by local Bangor band Wasted Talent.

Formed in 1977, the Outcasts are legends on the Belfast music scene having signed with Terry Hooley’s infamous Good Vibrations record label. Branded by local media as “the band you love to hate”, The Outcasts embraced their bad boy image and were central to the development of the youth punk scene in Belfast. Forty-four years on, the band are now signed with Philadelphia-based record label, Violated Records and released an EP under the label in 2019, their first since 1983.

Lead singer and bassist, Greg Cowan, said:

“We are thrilled to be taking part in our first live gig in 18 months. 2020 was due to be one of our busiest periods including our first ever tour of America, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to get back on stage and play together to unite everyone with a love of punk and celebrate the vibrant music scene Northern Ireland has to offer. With the tough times the music business has been through lately, it’s important for the public to get out and support local bands and musicians. So, I would encourage as many people as possible to come out to the event to celebrate the world opening up again.”

The outdoor gig marks the beginning of a flurry of activity for the punk icons as they prepare for a busy 2022, with tours through France and Switzerland before they return home for an Irish tour with fellow local rock band, Therapy.

Held in the open-air of Ward Park, all the Music in the Park events at the Open House Festival are free to attend for all ages and do not require booking. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic and head down to Bangor for a Sunday afternoon of live music and an electric atmosphere.

The Outcasts can be found on Facebook @officialoutcasts.

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