Category : Glasgowbury News

Spooky G Halloween Disco

Spooky G is back but this time he’s bring his friends DJ Curly Vibes and DJ Mountain Groove!


Pre-sale Tickets available from the 17.10.17 from Local Giving!

G-Sessions The Bonnevilles & The Wood Burning Savages

Veterans of the music festival and the G-Sessions are Back! The Bonnevilles are here once more with reviews such as “Ulster power-duo combine punch with songwriting panache-Coruscating filthy fuzz!” from Classic Rock!! Support will be provided by Rural Key Alumni Wood Burning Savages with their new single hot off the press. This is one G-Session you wont wanna miss!!

ADM: £7 on the door £5 (plus service charge) for presale tickets available online or throught HQ
DOORS @ 7pm

Anyone who buys presale tickets will be entered into a draw to win a merch goodiebag!

Rural Key – Set the Tone


“I am making music that I am proud of and this is something the Rural Key project and Glasgowbury inspired me to do”
John Gribbin
(New York based Building Pictures)

Calling young bands, musicians, singers and songwriters!

Glasgowbury is a Draperstown based music, arts and multi media organisation whose aim is to provide access to creative activity to those from rural communities. ‘Rural Key – Set the Tone’ is an opportunity for young people to join a music programme aimed at creative and personal development, giving them a safe space to progress musically and network with other musicians.

With sponsorship from IMRO (Irish Music Right’s Organisation), who are synonymous with helping to showcase and support emerging talent, we are excited to get the next phase of workshops underway.

Starting on Saturday October 14th ,10am – 3pm, ‘Rural Key – Set the Tone’ will see the Cornstore Creative Hub buzz with music workshops that will focus on building confidence in your instrument and performance abilities along with learning new technology skills. Course content will include artist/band development and performance, exploring song writing and cover songs, music technology and recording.

The initial course will take place over 4 weeks. After the course ends young participants will have the opportunity to continue to meet and use the Cornstore as a creative space to further develop their music and skills. It is an invaluable experience for those involved, to meet like minded people and have fun. It is a particularly good stepping stone for those participants interested in exploring higher education opportunities and careers in the music and creative industries.

The ‘Rural Key’ project started in 2004 and over the last 13 years has been a driver for community based music education offering everything from basic music tuition in a variety of instruments to the release of original music EP’s and albums.

Rural Key Alumni include:

Shauna Tohill (London based Rews)/Marshall Records) -“My expectations were met and exceeded; they go out of their way to help peoples creativity flourish… In one sentence, my experience with Glasgowbury has been (and is) such a fantastic one – They have given me the confidence to be who I am today as a musician (and a person).

Shea Tohill (Dublin based Orchid Collective) – “Glasgowbury/The Rural Key has provided complete inspiration, encouragement and great advice, loads of tea, opportunities to get involved in music, playing great gigs meeting new people and forming new friendships.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in and you are aged 15 and over then get in touch with us.
Email us at or call us on 02879628428.

Glasgowbury Launch “I AM” Project

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Glasgowbury ready to launch “I AM” Project!

The ‘I AM’ project, Inclusive Accessible Multi Media, is a personal youth development initiative, aimed at 16-25 year olds and will focus on building confidence, self-esteem and developing skills through a 12-month creative training programme.

The founder of Glasgowbury Paddy Glasgow is “over the moon” with being awarded almost £90,000 from the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) to deliver this innovate training opportunity in the creative industries for young people of Mid Ulster.

The participants will come along to Glasgowbury’s award winning “Cornstore Creative Hub” in Draperstown, 2 days a week, where they will be instrumental in shaping the programme and exploring opportunities to unlock their individual potential in a fun and safe creative environment. Training activities to include Podcasting, Film Making, Music Production, DJing, Photography, Songwriting. Other arts activities like painting and pottery can also be explored.

Trainees will also go on a team building ‘residential’ and ‘study visits’ to film and music studios and get a taste of what it’s like to work in the creative industries. All trainees will be awarded a personal iPad on which to facilitate their learning and will be theirs to keep when training completed.

Music and digital technologies will be used to encourage participants to address issues of isolation and to develop self-esteem and confidence, through both OCN accredited and non-accredited training. Completion of the course would enable participants to pursue further education or employment in the music and multimedia industries.

The promoter of Glasgowbury Music Festival, which ran for 13 years until 2013, said “a lot of organisations had been in for the award and we are grateful that IFI have recognized the potential of our organisation and the project to give young people from Mid Ulster this opportunity to explore the growing creative industries.” The project is open to young people who have some or no previous experience to take part.

Project Coordinator Ryan Gallagher said,”I’m very excited to be involved with such an innovative and exciting project. I’m really looking forward to working with the young people, and developing the creative talent in the area.”

Glasgowbury are hosting a ‘Have a Go’ day on Monday 22nd May at the “Creative Hub” in Draperstown from 10.30am to 2pm where potential participants can come along and explore their options. The ‘I AM’ programme will begin on 30th May.

The project is open to 16-25 year olds who are currently not in full time employment, education or training. Transport assistance provided as needed. Anyone interested are encouraged to get in touch with Glasgowbury as soon as they can as spaces are filling up fast! Contact details below or call into the creative hub for a chat.

Phone: 028 7962 8428

Rural Key Youth Live Showcase

Rural Key Youth Live Showcase five young acts and Headliner The Gemma Bradley Band. On the night the young people who done Rural Key Live Sound production workshops and the Film / Photography students will also be there to capture the gig as it all happens.

This gig is run by young people for young people so that they all can be part of running a live show from start to finish.

Doors open 6pm.
Door price £3.00
Under 12s £1.00

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Irish singer-songwriters double headliners at Cornstore

Ciaran Lavery & Marc O’Reilly play NI gig

NI double headline gig for emerging Irish artists Ciaran Lavery and Marc O’Reilly





Emerging Irish songwriters Ciaran Lavery and Marc O’Reilly are playing a double headline gig in Draperstown next month [SEPTEMBER], fresh from teaming up for an Irish tour.

The two artists are making waves on the local music scene as well as further afield and both featured in this summer’s Glastonbury festival line-up.

Co Antrim alt-folk troubadour Ciaran Lavery has had an amazing year as a new artist, the Aghagallon native was cover star of Hot Press magazine in May, having beaten off intense competition to be named its ‘Big Break’ winner.

His passionate voice and expertly crafted songs of beauty and heartache have resonated with many as his track ‘Left for America’ has reached 43,000 hits on YouTube and he has racked up 14 million plays of his debut album and EP on Spotify, which is unprecedented for such a new artist.

“It’s sound of a songwriter who’s very very in touch with his own ability and comfortable in his own skin.” – Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

“strong, crafted, hugely engaging songwriting” – Jim Carroll, Irish Times

Waterford folk and blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly has two albums behind him, last year’s ‘Human Herdings’ and critically acclaimed debut ‘My Friend Marx’ from 2011.

He has also played numerous festivals and has established himself as one of the most exciting artists within the folk/blues genre gaining comparisons with artists such as John Martyn and Bon Iver.

The best Irish release in the last 5 years 12/12 ‘ – 2UIBestow

‘Spectacular talent’ – Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2)

Lavery and O’Reilly have just finished four Irish dates together as double headliners and now they are landing north of the border for a special gig at Glasgowbury’s Cornstore Loft.

Support is from a fledgling star from Glasgowbury’s hometown, songstress Celine Murphy, whose soulful singing is sure to enchant some of her first audiences.

At 26 years of age, the pianist has played with various other musicians, but this gig will see the premiere performance of her own work.

The Draperstown girl has just released her debut single ‘Kind to Me’. The song is a hauntingly sad song with a beautiful mix of piano and strings and Celine’s perfect vocals. Her sound has progressed through her classical training with influences of pop, irish and folk.

With the beautiful song only her first solo offering, she is sure to be a massive hit with anyone who loves a powerful female singer or a heart-wrenching sad song.

A line-up this promising is sure to sell out, so make sure to get your tickets now from the Glasgowbury website or at the Cornstore to ensure you don’t miss performances by these up and coming stars.


Draperstown songstress bares her soul in first solo gig

Songstress’ time to shine in first solo gig


After years performing on the sidelines, Draperstown songstress Celine Murphy will take centre stage when launches her solo career in her first gig at Glasgowbury’s Cornstore next month [SEPTEMBER].

The 26-year-old trained classical pianist has always had a passion for music, she is constantly songwriting and has featured previously in Derry singer Paddy Nash’s band, as well as other folk bands.

But as she explained, it took a while before she decided to put her work out there as a solo artist.

“This is the first time I’ve decided to start sharing my own music,” she said.

“I had been writing but hadn’t been playing it for anyone except my own enjoyment. I had a passion for it for years and then I just decided to go for it.

“I have loads of material, it’s about promoting that and getting it out for people to hear it. I never joined social media until last month, I always had an aversion to social media, it was a kind of a running joke with my friends and family.

“I suppose it’s just a balance, not all singer-songwriters are all outgoing extroverts, it’s just about being comfortable and saying ‘this is me’.”

Last month she released ‘Kind to Me’, recorded by Lisburn producer, Michael Mormecha of Mojo Fury fame.

“I went to start recording with Mike but with the view to having other singers, I thought I really want to get my music out there and maybe what I could do is explore recording other artists, other singers, and that’s why I went down and met Mike.

“But it just didn’t feel right, I just kept coming back to the conclusion that I needed to do it myself. I wanted to do it myself and I just needed to take that wee leap of faith.”

The song is a hauntingly sad song with a beautiful mix of piano and strings and Celine’s perfect vocals. Her sound has progressed through her classical training with influences of pop, Irish and folk.

“I don’t know how important it is to put a name on it either, I suppose it just comes from a really natural progression over many many years, people say they don’t know where to put it and that’s a good thing,” Celine added.

“My music started from a really young age, I actually have a twin sister, called Angela and Angela and I, we both started learning music at the same age, only she learned the violin and I learned piano.

“I think throughout my teen years, that was probably where my sound developed, finding my own style and playing piano and Angela playing violin and I started to really love that string and piano sound with vocal harmonies.”

Celine said she is in the unique position of having a lot of material to choose from as she has spent so much time songwriting.

She said: “I can tell you there are songs that aren’t quite as sad as that, there are songs that are more up tempo, but they are really personal stories and all of them are based on my own life experiences. They are all really honest.”

The video for Kind to Me was put together at the Glasgowbury Cornstore hub, by filmmaker Tiarnan Larkin and dancer Caitríona Groogan, both from Draperstown.

“Paddy and Stella [Glasgow] got a video meeting together for us all, there was going to be some of the students from the Cornstore there learning and watching it being made, seeing how it was done to open it up as a learning opportunity for young people,” Celine explained.

“I went on to do the video with the dancer Caitríona, that was a total dream for me. I always had in my minds eye that it would have a female dancer but you don’t think that you’ll be able to get a dancer and make such a beautiful video with your first single.

“She was so beautiful and her dance was so incredible. I just got really lucky that three of us bonded so well together and Caitríona got the emotion of that song, she got it straight away.”

It was only fitting then that Celine’s first solo billing would be at a gig in Glasgowbury’s Cornstore Loft.

“It’s such an amazing venue and the work that goes on there, the people that I met there and what they were able to do, it is incredible,” she continued.

“We’re really lucky, I don’t know if I lived in a different town and it’s such a small place, I wouldn’t have the same opportunities necessarily.”

She is supporting breakthrough Irish singer-songwriters Ciaran Lavery and Marc O’Reilly in their double headliner gig on Saturday 19 September.

“The artists I’m on with look absolutely amazing, I can’t believe it,” Celine exclaimed.

“I love performing so when I’m playing my music or when I’m singing I’m at my absolute happiest so I don’t feel nerves in that way.

“There’s no point wanting to do something and then just saying ‘oh god’ and not allowing yourself to enjoy it.”

“It’s just a privilege to be playing in front of people who want to hear your music.”

It will be a test for the young woman, who hasn’t aired her songs publicly before.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s great, these songs that I’m playing, I’m playing them for the first time live, so I actually have no idea what people’s reaction will be to them,” Celine added.

“I’ve just been playing in my own kitchen for years and I’ve loved it but it’s not that different if you love what you do.”

Ciaran Lavery & Marc O’Reilly with support from Celine Murphy,  Saturday 19 September, in Glasgowbury’s Cornstore.








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