2012 – A Round Up Of The Year


 2012 was an excellent year for the Lagan Sessions. After a break for Christmas we started back in mid January had a couple of weeks off at Easter and a three month break in the summer. But it wasn’t all holidays.

During the year there were 34 scheduled sessions.

Steve Amos

There were also five “specials” one at Belfast Nashville Festival and four “travelling” ones: at The Fiddler’s Green Festival, the Melting Pot in Rostrevor, Hollywood Culture Night, and at Down Arts Centre.

At the regular sessions we had around 105 different acts performing music which varied from acoustic rock, bluegrass, contemporary with a traditional style, humour, Americana, blues and many others. The great thing about it was almost all of it was original home grown music which once again showed the depth and breadth of talent. Many artists were local but we also had performers from Dublin, Strabane, Armagh and Texas (well Texas via Scotland). It would be inappropriate to single any acts out as they were all outstanding.

Edelle McMahon

Average audience numbers grew as the venue became known as one of the few places in Belfast where listening takes precedence over drinking and talking. It was encouraging to note the respect that audiences paid to the performers although we always mention the listening rule at the beginning of each night.

The other real proof of the sessions was the fact that so many artists have asked to come back. Playing to an appreciative audience where they do not need to crank up the pa volume is a real joy, albeit nervewracking at times.

The White Mansions

Throughout the year Matt McIvor has done an excellent job with the sound and has also started to take live recordings which have then been mastered and posted on Soundcloud. So a big thank you to Matt and of course to Joanne Ham who has also made great videos.

Bruce Joseph

Our resident volunteer photographer Paul Kavanagh has taken pictures from every conceivable angle (except perhaps overheads) and these have been a great addition to the sessions giving them real life and history. He has also taken the live recordings and produced several excellent videos which can be accessed through the website.

And yes we have a website – obviously as that is what you are reading. Thanks to the good work of Stephen Arthur and the aforesaid Paul we have a great platform to advertise the sessions in addition to the usual social media sites.

This could go on for a lot longer but then it would become boring and tedious like a song by Coldplay – in fact like all songs by Coldplay.

Lazy Flies

So it just remains to say thank you to all the people who have supported, to the Pavilion Bar for the venue and to say that we start again on 20 January 2013 so watch this space.

David & Steve

December 10 at the Lagan Sessions

Another great night

Two newcomers to the Sessions and two returning acts

First up was Mojo Blanco (probably not his real name) His first time at the sessions
and not his last we would guess. A very distinctive style and some interesting views
on life.

We then welcomed back Indigo Fury for their second time with us. An excellent set of
acoustic rock with some great harmonies.

Gareth Irons was the second newcomer. Born in NI but raised in South Africa Gareth
has now returned to his birthplace and played a set of quirky rocky songs with some
great lyrics.

And finally The Down and Out Bluegrass Band. Also their second visit to the
Sessions. They have added one more to the band since the last time so the line up is
now bass, guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. A great selection of songs, some covers
and some originals true to bluegrass traditions.


Steve Amos.

Photographs – 2nd December 2012

It’s already all been said over at the Facebook page, but for those that missed it:

Well, that’s what the Lagan Sessions is all about – from the wit and brio of Lo-Fi Fun Factory and the heartfelt intensity of Kris Marsden to the glorious polyphony of Lazy Flies and the joyous explosion of sound that is The White Mansions.
Acoustic Music.
At its Best.
Oh yeah!

Well, since they said it there, we might as well show the photographs here.

If you’re in one of these and would like to grab a copy, feel free to give me a shout here or Facebook.