NI Musicians Ship Out to Nashville

Singer-songwriters Warren Attwell, Allie Bradley, Mark Graham and Paul Tully to give St Patrick’s Day performance in USA’s mecca of music

Following their performances at the 11th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters' Festival, which runs in venues across Belfast from March 4-8, four of Northern Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters will be travelling to the bright lights of Nashville Tennessee to perform in the 11th Belfast Nashville Showcase event, supported by funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and United Airlines. 

The annual concerts in March feature Nashville's top up and coming artists and all four musicians – Warren Attwell, Allie Bradley, Mark Graham and Paul Tully – will be performing on St Patrick’s Day in the renowned Bluebird Café, famed for breaking in new talent.

During their time in Nashville – a Mecca for singer-songwriters from around the world, and home to the likes of Taylor Swift and the UK's own Ed Sheeran, who recently relocated there – the musicians will not only get the opportunity to showcase their music to a USA audience but they will also meet with publishers, music agents and managers, receiving invaluable mentoring from some of the biggest names in the business.

'This is the eleventh year of the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Showcase in Nashville Tennessee,' said Panarts Director Colin Magee commented. 'We organise a series of music industry meetings and showcase events that can open doors for local songwriters. The four artists will also perform live on radio stations broadcasting across the USA. Thanks to the support of the Arts Council and United Airlines, the Panarts showcase event can have a really positive impact on their music career.'

Maria McAlister, Arts Development Officer at ACNI added: 'The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival is a fantastic event celebrating the art of songwriting as-well as showcasing and developing our local established and emerging talent. To play at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, is an experience that few forget and I wish all the songwriters every success in their trip to perform at the city of music.'