New Music Exhibition Appeals for Memorabilia

Oh Yeah calls on music lovers to clean out their attics

A new exhibition, telling the story of Northern Ireland’s rich musical heritage, is set to open in Belfast city centre next month. And it is appealing to local music lovers to be a part of the story, by contributing memorabilia.

From mid-March the Oh Yeah music centre, in Gordon Street, will take visitors on a unique journey - from Ruby Murray to Snow Patrol, by way of Stiff Little Fingers, Dana and Clodagh Rogers, via The Undertones, The Divine Comedy, Nadine Coyle and Henry McCullough. 

There will be platinum discs, badges, vintage stage gear, lyric sheets, film footage, ticket stubs and backstage passes. Altogether, it will tell the story of glorious achievement and talent that has brought international acclaim to Belfast.

And you can help piece together this great musical story - 'While we’ve already assembled some fascinating items, we are on the look-out for memorabilia that may be hidden in shoe boxes or dusty attics,' says Stuart Baillie, broadcaster and curator of the exhibition.

Among the items being sought for the exhibition are: 
· anything to do with the '60s rhythm and blues boom, especially The Maritime Hotel, Them, Sam Mahood and the other acts: photos, club membership cards, etc.

· anything to do with punk rock from Belfast and Derry: old fanzines, badges, photo booth pictures and posters, etc.

· Eurovision mementoes from Phil Coulter, Dana, Clodagh Rogers, and Ronnie Carroll.

· anything relating to Gary Moore and Eric Bell (both Thin Lizzy veterans) or Barry Devlin (Horslips) or David McWilliams ('Days Of Pearly Spencer').

If you have anything to donate, please call Oh Yeah on 028 9031 0845 or e-mail

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Stuart Bailie will appearing at Paperback Rioters! on Wednesday 25 February at 8pm at the Oh Yeah Music Centre as part of the Belfast Book Festival. He will be reading from his autobiography The Ballad of a Thin Man, alongside Hot Press writer and novelist Peter Murphy, with music from Robert Holmes and Pixie Saytar.