Saturday Night at the Grand

 On Saturday 14th November the Grand Opera House will kick off the first in a series of Saturday Nights at the Grand!  
BBC Radio Ulster, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, will record this very special concert for broadcast at a later date.

Combining the full sound of The Paul Dunlea 17-piece big band with the soul, charisma and panache of our best known local artists, this is your chance to put some serious style back into you Saturday night.

Following 2 sell out concerts at the Grand Opera House, Brian Houston returns with his signature blend of gospel and blues. Opening for artists like Van Morrison and Elvis Costello, playing the harmonica onstage alongside Robert Plant and penning several critically-acclaimed albums, Brian Houston is undoubtedly one of Belfast’s strongest musical exports.

Joining Brian and making his Grand Opera House debut will be past recipient of the Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival Young Songwriter of the Year, Gareth Dunlop. Contributing to the soundtrack of hit television series such as House and One Tree Hill, Gareth has opened for acts such as Jools Holland and Amanda May as well as performing his own song Firefly alongside Snow Patrol during their 2011 homecoming gig.

Fresh from a sell-out gig at the Lyric, Dana Masters adds the distinctive soul of the Deep South to this incredible line up. From the basement of McHugh’s to live work with BBC Radio 4 and Promos in the Park, Dana’s reputation as one of Ireland’s top vocalists continues to gain momentum.

The soul sound continues with the inclusion of County Mayo songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Niall McCabe. Having enjoyed huge success as front man of The Niall McCabe Band, Niall is renowned throughout Ireland’s gigging scene for his fresh, energetic and positive approach.

Completing the bill and opening up both acts of the concert in his trademark acoustic style will be Strabane Singer-Songwriter Paul Tully. Fresh from performing a series of concerts as part of Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival, including appearances alongside artists such as Foy Vance and Cara Dillon, it is hard to ignore this young Strabane man’s impending stardom as a songwriter and performer.

The inaugural Saturday Night at the Grand takes place at 8pm on Saturday 14th November. Tickets start at £17.25 and can be purchased online at, by telephone on 028 9024 1919 or in person at the Grand Opera House Box Office located in the theater foyer.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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