Henry McCullough Goes Back to Church

The legendary guitarist leads the bill in aid of anti-slavery charity, Friends of Thomas McCabe

Legendary guitarist Henry McCullough, whose songs include 'Failed Christian' and who played with Paul McCartney's Wings, is on his way back to church.

On Saturday, May 12, the Portstewart man is to perform solo at the First Presbyterian Church in Belfast at an event to mark the formation of the Friends of Thomas McCabe, a charity whose aim is to help the modern day victims of slavery in Northern Ireland.

In 1786, Thomas McCabe opposed the formation of the Belfast Slave Ship Company. He was also a valued member of the First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street, an august institution which acted as a hub for free thinkers since its formation in 1644.

'I’m really looking forward to this gig,' said McCullough. 'I played at the church a couple of years ago and it was a great gig. There’s something very special about the place, you can feel it in the wood.'

Doors open at 5.30 pm and the event starts at 6pm promptly, and places are limited. Additional music is provided by Derry~Londonderry's Best Boy Grip and west Belfast's Gráinne Holland. Historian Raymond O’Regan will provide tales from his book, Hidden Belfast.

The event is free but a minimum contribution towards the charity is expected.

Event organiser Arthur Magee added: 'I’m delighted that Henry is going to be able to play at the church. Anyone who was there the last time knows how special it was.

'It’s a great place to launch the charity because Thomas McCabe was a member there. Whilst the concert is free, it is a fundraiser, so we’re hoping people will contribute around £6 to £10 per person.'

This concert is part of the 12th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.