The always fantastic Open House Festival will be hitting the road again in early 2017 for its third annual tour, this time stopping off at three towns along the North coast as well as a Belfast city centre church.
Soul singer, Dana Masters, whose Jazz in The Walled Garden event was one of the standout hits of this summer’s month-long festival in Bangor, will be headlining the tour, with support from Irish singer-songwriter, Alana Henderson.
The tour starts in Newcastle on Thursday 2nd February, 2017, and concludes in Bangor on Sunday 5th February, via gigs in Portrush and Belfast.
Originally from the Deep South of America, Dana Masters met a Northern Ireland man, now her husband, and left the USA to begin a new life in Lisburn. She has performed on BBC Radio 4, Proms in the Park, played in numerous locations throughout NI, released an EP and built quite a local following. We’ve seen her live quite a few times and always tweet while tagging in Jools Holland, because she needs to be on Later with Jools Holland.
Alana is an Irish singer-songwriter-cellist from county Tyrone, known for fusing her folk roots with a pop sensibility, fragile delicate vocals, emotive cello and disarmingly honest lyrics. In 2014, she was personally invited by Hozier to join his worldwide tour as featured cellist, vocalist and occasional support act. Alana is now back on home ground and is working on material for her debut album which will be released early-to-mid 2017.
This Open House tour will hopefully introduce Dana and Alana to more new fans, and reacquaint them with their existing fanbase. We can’t wait!
Open House likes to use unusual and beautiful venues during the Festival month, and the tour will be no different, with gigs in the recently renovated and refurbished Newcastle Community Cinema, the B1 listed Victorian Town Hall in Portrush, the listed Belfast church at 101 Donegall Street and the Marine Court Hotel in the heart of Bangor’s seafront.
Dates and locations:
Thursday 2nd Feb: Newcastle Community Cinema
Friday 3rd February: 101 Donegall Street, Belfast
Saturday 4th February: Portrush Town Hall
Sunday 5th February: Marine Court Hotel, Bangor
For tickets and further information, go to: www.openhousefestival.com
Don’t miss it!