27th January 2013 at the Lagan Sessions

Lagan Sessions 27th  JANUARY 2012

The second of the sessions in 2013 proved to be a very entertaining evening with an excellent line up and great audience support.

Clair McCusker, the first of three newcomers to the sessions, started off the evening with a beautifully balanced selection of songs conveying messages of strength and hope. She was supported by the excellent guitar playing of Brian Hassan who did his own set later in the evening.

Next up was the duo Chasing Perpetua, (formerly Less than3NI). This husband and wife team (Mark and Lindsay) played a set mostly comprising their own material with a couple of covers. This was their first time playing as a duo and Lindsay admitted to being a bit nervous but this was soon forgotten (or at any rate unnoticed ) as they produced a great set of music with thoughtfully written songs and gentle harmonies.

Amanda St John played the next set accompanied by Paul Tierney on guitar and more pedals than Lance Armstrong. Originally from Glenariffe  Amanda is no stranger to the Belfast music scene and has worked with a number of NI’s best known musicians. It is easy to see why as she performed a great selection of her own songs delivered with a powerful voice.


And finally Brian Hassan returned for the second time in the evening and the second time at the sessions. Brian is from Strabane, plays guitar in a manner of different styles ranging from Irish folk melodies through jazz and rock based influences and once even straying into country. Oh and he also has a wonderful way with lyrics and a great voice.


As usual I am unable to really do justice to the evening. The quality of the performers continues to be very high and the best way anyone can really savour this is to come along.

Posted on behalf of Steve Amos.

Photographs – Sunday 20th January

The great lost photo set of 2013!

With Sunday 20th being an in the round session and with it being the first gig of the year, the usual smooth schedule for the Lagan Session photographs (read me listening to some great music and messing around with my camera) was slightly disrupted.

Anyway, turns out a week has passed and not a photograph from the night was published…

So, better late than never, here’s some shots from Sunday 20th January.