Two massive headline acts have been booked for the 2015 Iúr Cinn Fleadh /Newry City Music Festival which promises to be an amazing weekend for traditional and folk music fans.

Hothouse Flowers are playing on Saturday 12 September in Bellinis while Frances Black and Kieran Goss will headline on Sunday 13 September in Newry Town Hall. 

Hothouse Flowers started their career busking and ended up bringing street music to world stages. Since the release of their last CD, ‘Into Your Heart’, they have been playing across Ireland, America, the UK, Japan and Europe. The band is well known for its unique brand of rock influenced by soul, gospel and traditional music. 

Kieran Goss and Frances Black play Newry in September as part of Iur Cinn Fleadh
Kieran Goss and Frances Black play Newry in September as part of Iur Cinn Fleadh

For the first time in 20 years, Frances Black and Mayobridge man Kieran Goss will reunite on stage together. Newry Town Hall offers the perfect atmosphere and backdrop for this gently minimalist performance, which will appeal to all contemporary folk lovers. Speaking of the gig, Kieran Goss said:

“Frances and I are delighted to be performing together again after all these years and especially to be playing in my home town...I remember playing in Newry Town Hall in a band called ‘Nightshift’ might have been 1978/79...We were terrible but my cousin Sean played bass in Dreams so we got the gig! Since then, music has brought all around the world and back again and I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with Frances and meeting up with old friends and family. It's gonna be a great night.”

Following its successful launch last year, Iúr Cinn Fleadh is coming back bigger and better. Taking place on 10-13 September 2015, this year’s festival will open with a ‘Trad Trail’ across the pubs and clubs of Newry. Trad music aficionados can look forward to an evening of music and song with dance and storytelling thrown in for good measure. 

Saturday’s day time activities will bring in buskers to one of the city centre’s revived shopping streets - Hill Street - for a two hour live music competition. Musical workshops and Irish dancing performances will also be held for children across the city’s various arts and music venues. 

 ‘A Taste of Trad’ will cater to visitor appetites, with several of the city’s restaurants signed up to serve traditional Irish cuisine throughout the weekend. 

Iúr Cinn Fleadh offers something for everyone – families, friends, young and old, locals and those from further afield. Music gurus and novices alike, this is a weekend not to be missed! The Events guide will shortly be available.

Tickets for headline acts selling at £22.50 can be bought from the Sugar Supper Club, Sugar, Island, the Customer Service Desk, Buttercrane Shopping Centre or via: (Hothouse Flowers Tickets can also be bought from Bellinis!)

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