Exclusive Audio: BBC Blackstaff Sessions

Listen to exclusive live performances from four BBC Radio Ulster programmes championing new music

BBC Radio Ulster is inviting music fans to sit back and enjoy four live music concerts recorded recently celebrating the station’s commitment to emerging and specialist music.
Recorded at BBC Northern Ireland’s Blackstaff Studio in Belfast, The Blackstaff Sessions were hosted by presenters Ralph McLean, Linley Hamilton and Colum Sands, each of whom chose favourite artists from their respective specialist genres, to perform in front of a studio audience.

Though the first episode has now aired, you can listen to exclusive live tracks from each session below.

ATL: The Blackstaff Sessions aired on Monday, December 1, at 8.03pm and sees DJ and presenter Rigsy hosting an evening of indie and new music sets from bands including Mojo Fury, The Emerald Armada, Freak’s and Loris.

On December 4, The Blackstaff Sessions continue at 8.03pm with Ralph McLean – Rock and Soul, as McLean introduces blues and rock acts including Ronnie Greer, up-and-coming artist Kaz Hawkins, Blues guitarist Simon McBride and rising star, Ben Glover.

Linley Hamilton presents The Blackstaff Sessions on December 5 at 10.03pm, showcasing the best in contemporary jazz including performances from The Scott Flanigan Trio, Damien Evans, Dana Masters, Ken Haddock and more.

The Blackstaff Sessions conclude with Colum Sands on December 6 at 8.03pm with the Folk Club presenter introducing The Voice Squad, Red Molly, Len Graham, Cuig and Tolka.
Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio at BBC Northern Ireland, said: 'Over the years, BBC Radio Ulster’s commitment to specialist music across a range of genres has helped to discover, nurture and support local talent.  These four exclusive sessions, which are part of BBC Music, see us providing a further stage for amazing local artists to showcase their talents.
'We love playing a part in the musical journey of these artists, some of whom have­ gone on to achieve great things and others who are just starting out. We’re delighted to be able to invite BBC Radio Ulster listeners to enjoy the recordings of these unique and intimate concerts and share our passion for music with us.'
The Blackstaff Sessions form part of BBC Music – a new strategy consisting of an ambitious wave of programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years. 
BBC Radio Ulster is available on 92-95FM, DAB Digital Radio, digital TV or to listen live or at any time at bbc.co.uk/radioulster.