‘When the mountains meet the sea’

Matt McGinn

PORTRUSH Town Hall will host a very special event on Friday 15th November curated exclusively for Atlantic Sessions.

‘When the Mountains Meet the Sea’ will feature a group of musicians led by Matt McGinn and special guests on the night will include Atlantic Sessions favourites Wilfie Gilbert and Ria Maguire.

Matt McGinn is a singer, songwriter and producer from the foothills of the Mourne Mountains in Hilltown, County Down.

His is known for his warm, worn, powerful, rasping voice, and his worldly-wise lyrics that BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris called ‘fantastic.’

This will be the premiere of new music from Matt in advance of a new fourth album which will be released next year.

The first single from the album ‘Bubblegum’ has not only received the number one played track on BBC Radio Ulster this month, but has also received Pick of the Week on radio stations in Dublin and across Scotland.

Matt commented: “I’ve always had a strong connection with the Causeway Coast since my University days with fellow songwriter, Ben Glover.

“Later in life I would be introduced to one of my favourite venues, the Flowerfield Arts Centre, by my good friend Anthony Toner.

“I always loved the warmth of the audiences and had plenty of banter afterwards. I have played the Atlantic Sessions a few times in a smaller capacity, so it’s lovely to be able to use my first headline gig there as a marker.

“I can’t wait to play Portrush Town Hall – it’s such an iconic venue! The band I have on the night is phenomenal and I’m introducing two class artists, Wilfie Gilbert and Ria Maguire.

“I have a new album coming out early next year so it will be a premiere of new songs. The artwork has just designed by my kid’s favourite author and illustrator, the world renowned Oliver Jeffers. In fact, I think the same boy has a good few Portstewart cousins!”

Joining Matt on Friday 15th will be Wilfie Gilbert. Having gigged extensively, his constant and relentless songwriting has seen him play The Bluebird Café in Nashville.

With two EP’s under his belt, he has now recorded his debut album produced by Gareth Dunlop.

BBC’s Ralph McLean said: “Wilfie is the real deal and has the ability to tug at your heart strings with every note…a rare talent with an easy-going charm all of his own.”

The all-star band appearing on Friday 15th includes:

Matt McGinn – Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John McCullough – Piano, Hammond Organ
Nicky Scott – Electric Bass & Double Bass
Matt Weir – Drums
Matt Curran – Electric Guitar
plus special guest
Wilfie Gilbert – Vocal, Acoustic Guitar

‘When the Mountains Meet the Sea’ takes place on Friday 15th November at 7pm in Portrush Town Hall. Tickets are £10 plus booking fee and can be purchased at atlanticsessions.com

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