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McGinn begins new season at The Lagan Sessions

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Picture by Joanne Ham Photography.

Matt McGinn makes a welcome return to the live music scene in Belfast when he opens a new high profile season at Belfast’s Lagan Sessions.

Joining him at the Sunflower Bar in Union Street is husband and wife duo Mandy and Graham Bingham together with County Antrim singer songwriter Bob Speers.

Matt McGinn has been a lynch-pin on the Irish music scene for a long time. The release of a new album this autumn should make him stand on his own as a leading Irish songwriter. After releasing his début album ‘Livin” in 2011 to much acclaim, Matt has enjoyed success touring worldwide, but with the birth of his son last year, he came off the road and knuckled down to write and record. Fans who go along might just hear a song or two off the new album ‘Latter Day Sinner’.

Those lucky enough to have heard Mandy Bingham in concert will know she has inherited a famous family musical gene; that of her late father David McWillams whose ‘Days of Pearly Spencer’ was a worldwide hit. Pedal steel player and backing vocalist Graham will join Mandy as they return to the stage after collaborating on a new album.

County Antrim troubador Bob Speers, a former recipient of the Northern Lights Award, completes the lineup at Northern Ireland’s only dedicated listening room.

The Lagan Sessions’ organisers’ no nonsense attitude to live performance – audiences are asked to listen while the performers are on stage – has garnered an enviable reputation. Several high profile musicians have taken to the stage to avail of a wonderful atmosphere where they have tried out new compositions to an audience made up with a sprinkling of songwriters, musicians and those there simply to hear good acoustic music.

Such is the popularity of the Sessions that almost 40 acts have signed up for a predicted sell-out autumn season with many more already enquiring about next year!

The new season of the Lagan Sessions begins on Sunday August 24 at 7.30pm. Admission is £3.