The Lagan Sessions – 13th October

The White Mansions

Sinead Coll

Junior Johnson

Photographs by Paul Kavanagh.


That Difficult Second Album…

Last night we closed off the second season of The Lagan Sessions.

Helping us go out with a musical bang, we’d like to thank Amanda Agnew, Steve Amos, Stephen Dunwoody, Lazy Flies, David McCann, Matt McIvor, Joanne Ham And Edelle McMahon.

I’m sure one of the gang will pull together some interesting statistics about acts that played over the last year. For now we’ll just take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who played this year and to everyone who supported our adventure in providing Belfast with the best listening venue for new acoustic music.

The Lagan Sessions

So… That’s it for another season.

See you in the Autumn!


Blown Away – 2nd June 2013

The quality of the acts at The Lagan Sessions is usually impressive.

Last night, the quality of the acts were in a whole new league of their own.

From the gorgeous voice of Rhea Lyttle, through the rather wonderful Jim Rainey and Brigid O’Neill and on into the evening with Wilfie Gilbert. It’s not often four such great acts can be found in one location and it was great to hear some excellent original material.

And to top it all off, we found out what the meaning of the word Lagan is – Thanks Jim!


May 26th At The Lagan Sessions

With music by new friends and old, we had an excellent nights fun and entertainment.

Thanks to Bruce Joseph, Mandy and Graham Bingham, Stefanie Campbell and Adrian Young for an amazing evening!

The Lagan Sessions – 12th May 2013

Another great night in The Lagan Sessions!

Superb sets from Suitcase Suzy, Benny Fyfe, Jonny Nixon and Steve Amos.

Thanks for the brilliant evening!

The 21st April Sessions

Thanks to everyone for playing last night.

Due to a few things outside our control the line up for the night had to change slightly. That’s the great thing about The Lagan Sessions and the people who come to the gigs – they’re a talented bunch! Thanks to those who showed off their talents at such short notice.

Special thanks to Steve Amos and Michael Kerr for excellent sets. And good luck to Michael for his radio interview later this week!

The 7th April Sessions

With March and Easter now well and truly behind us, the Lagan Sessions got back into it’s usual form last night presenting the musical delights of Shaky Horse, Elis Phillips, Kris Telford and Liza Flume.

Thanks to each of them for playing and making a great night!

Here’s a small selection of the photographs from the night. A sample of the live recordings will follow soon!


Photographs – 24th February 2013

Much later than originally planned. A small selection of the photographs from The Lagan Sessions on the 24th February.

A fantastic nights entertainment from Mandy Bingham, Gerry Jackson and Jack O’Neill as well as our stalwart hosts David McCann and 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.


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

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