Duke Special and the Ulster Orchestra in fundraising spectacular!

Talented local singer-songwriter, Duke Special, is set to take to the stage with the Ulster Orchestra for a Valentine fundraising gala in the Ulster Hall in February.

Duke Special in full flow with the Ulster Orchestra.

Spectacular Spectacular! will take place in the atmospheric surroundings of the newly-restored Ulster Hall and will include a drinks reception, a sumptuous five-course meal courtesy of Yellow Door and live entertainment by the Orchestra and special guest star, Duke Special.

The artist, whose real name is Peter Wilson, has amassed quite a following in Northern Ireland and beyond in the last few years and his live performances have become legendary. He has performed with the Ulster Orchestra before – to a capacity Belfast Waterfront in 2008 as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and at the recent BBC Proms in the Park in Hillsborough.

“The fundraising gala is the perfect opportunity to showcase local talents – a Belfast-born artist and the Ulster Orchestra,” said Heather Wright, Funding Officer with the Ulster Orchestra. “And the funds raised will enable the Orchestra to bring music to children across the province – who knows how many Duke Specials or violinists we may inspire with our school projects!”

The essential funds raised from the musical extravaganza will support the Ulster Orchestra’s ongoing work throughout Northern Ireland and its award-winning education and outreach projects.  Tables of 10 are priced at £1500 and individual seats are £150.

If you would like further information about the event or to reserve your table please contact heather@ulsterorchestra.com or telephone 028 9026 0472.

Glasgowbury nominated for six Irish Festival Awards

Glasgowbury were over the moon this week to announce that they picked up nominations in the esteemed 2010 Irish Festival Awards.

After picking up four awards at the ceremony last year including the Best Small Festival and Best Line-Up crowns and just recently being pipped to the post for the Best Small Festival in the UK, Glasgowbury are proud to announce that they have picked up a total of six festival nominations for this year’s awards.

Glasgowbury is in the running for:

– Best Small Festival

– Best Line-Up

– Best Service Award

-Family Festival Award

– Social Responsibility Award

– Best Toilets

Glasgowbury took home a haul of four awards last year including Best Small Festival, Best Line-Up, Best Service and the Family Festival Award.

Festival organiser Paddy Glasgow said he and the festival team were privileged to be recognised on a national scale for their efforts.

“It’s fantastic that these awards exist to honour the festival leaders throughout Ireland and Glasgowbury are over the moon to be considered on that level,” he said.

“It’s good to see a strong contingent of festivals from Northern Ireland now following suit at the awards and we look forward to celebrating with whoever wins.”

Voting in the awards takes place throughout December and January and the winners will be announced at the Dublin ceremony in February.

Register your support for Glasgowbury in the six categories by going to the official Irish Festival Awards website: www.irishfestivalawards.ie

Katy Perry California Dreams Tour comes to Belfast 2011!

Katy Perry only recently announced her ‘California Dreams Tour’. Demand has been so overwhelming that the tour has swiftly sold out. As a result, Katy has scheduled a second leg for the latter half of 2011.  This Live tour will be a 12 date Arena tour:

12-Oct             Sheffield                  Motorpoint Arena
14-Oct             London                    02 Arena
18-Oct             Liverpool                  Echo Arena
19-Oct             Cardiff                      International Arena
24-Oct             Belfast                     Odyssey Arena
26-Oct             Birmingham             NIA Arena
27-Oct             Newcastle                Metro Arena
29-Oct             Aberdeen                  AECC
31-Oct             Manchester               MEN Arena
03-Nov            Glasgow                   SECC Hall 3
05-Nov            Nottingham               Trent FM Arena
07-Nov             Dublin                      The O2

Tickets for all shows  will be available as an exclusive pre-sale with O2 at 9:00am Wednesday December 8th .  They will go on general sale from 9:00am Friday December 10th.

The popularity of Katy Perry continues its stratospheric rise. She has now had three UK Top Ten hits to her name this year in the shape of her smashes ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’ and latest single ‘Firework. Combined sales of the three singles are close to 1.4 million in the UK alone.  Whilst her new album ‘Teenage Dream’ has shot past Platinum.

Katy’s success has led her to become one of the most talked-about new artists of the past two years. Since exploding onto the scene in 2008 she has sold out her own 50-city world headlining tour plus hosted and performed – twice – at the MTVs European Music Awards where she also won Best New Act in 2008.  As well as several Grammy nominations Katy won a Brit Award in 2009 for Best International Female.  For more about pop’s multi-dimensional, multi-coloured girl on the move, please visit:


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Odyssey Arena, Belfast
24 October 2011
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07 November 2011
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Tickets on sale Friday 10th December at 9.00am

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The Big Give Campaign – Support the Ulster Orchestra!

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Dear Supporter,
The wait is over! The Big Give starts today!

If you donate to the Ulster Orchestra this week via the Big Give your donation will be doubled!

The match fund is limited and when it’s gone it’s gone; so we simply ask that you make your donation as quickly as possible!

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Donating begins at 10am today
Please support our campaign
Please give what you can to help us raise £20,000
online this week and access £20,000 of match funding!

Thank you – in advance – for your support;
it really will make a difference to the work of the
Ulster Orchestra. Please click on the video to see
examples of how your money can be used.

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Challenge fund opens today
If you are considering making a donation to the
Ulster Orchestra then this week as part of the
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The Big Give will double your donation allowing us to
receive a bigger gift on your behalf – at no extra cost to
you. Gift Aid is also available so please do remember to
add Gift Aid, if you can, to maximise your donation to the
Ulster Orchestra.

Whether it is £5 or £500 every donation will be matched.
There is a set amount of match funds available each
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the website will say so, so please log on again
tomorrow when the fund will re-open.

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Furlo, who recently signed with Belfast based indie label Yogen Records have teamed up with local director Eugene Magee to produce a promotional music video for their debut single ‘Your entire glows’.

The video fuses the passion and energy of Furlo’s live performance with the intimacy of a live venue that Furlo’s fan’s have come to expect. With the backing and support from local producers, directors and record label, Furlo will be a band to watch in 2011.

Furlo are no strangers to the Irish music scene, playing venues and festivals up and down the country since their formation in 2006. Their determination and hard working ethics are now paying off as they have developed a sound that simply must be heard.

2010 saw the release of their 2nd EP ‘SIGNATURE’ which has received plenty of airplay on show’s such as BBC Radio One, BBC Electric Mainline, BBC Radio Ulster, and many more. Also this year they’ve had gigs supporting ‘And so I watch you from afar’ and joined, ‘General Fiasco’ on the G Sessions stage at Glasgowbury’s 10th anniversary.

The single released on 12th December so for now enjoy the video –  whatsonni.com give it a big thumbs up!

Stress-free Shopping with the National Trust!

Fed up with the crowds and hustle and bustle while trying to do your Christmas shopping? Then visit Mount Stewart House and Gardens and do it surrounded by the peaceful gardens and tranquil walks.

The National Trust shop at Mount Stewart stocks a wide range of home ware products, gifts, food and craft. Keen to support local supplies you can find a host of local products as well as Christmas stock and wintry woollies. There is also a great range of Christmas cards with all the season’s specialities, from baubles and candles to traditional scenes and the Twelve Days of Christmas.

To make your shopping experience even more memorable Mount Stewart will open their Christmas Gift Shop at the lookout in the main car park from Saturday 4 December until Thursday 23rd Dec This fabulous location offers you the chance to peruse the wares and fares on offer while taking in the breathtaking views of Strangford Lough.  Opening hours are from 11am until 3pm Monday to Friday and 10am until 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Picking out that perfect Christmas tree is a long arduous task, not to mention trying to fit in your car and picking up the pine needles from the car seat long in the New Year. If you haven’t got your Christmas tree yet then wait and choose a real one from Mount Stewart. Not only are they available to order but National Trust staff will also deliver it to your home and dispose of it come January. It couldn’t be more hassle free. We’ll leave the decorating up to you however!

We all love a bargain so you can be sure there’ll be sale items to snap up as well as some beautiful Christmas trim and food to complete those Christmas dinners. A tasty jar of special cranberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment for the turkey and stuffing, or a beautiful cheese board will go brilliantly with your Christmas dining. You can also let the children help prepare the that special dinner with our new Bake Me A Cookie set for those budding young chefs.

It’s the perfect way to spend your free time. Why not go for a walk around the Lakeside Gardens before popping into the shop to get a loved one that ideal hand made piece of pottery, then relax in the Bay Tree restaurant with a hot drink and sweet treat. Who says Christmas has to be stressful?

.All income generated from National Trust shops enables the Trust to continue its valuable conservation work. So invest in protecting your heritage by shopping with the National Trust this Christmas – it will be money well spent.

Ulster Orchestra lights up Broadway!

If the run-up to Christmas is making you see red, the Ulster Orchestra may be able to help. Its Best of Broadway concert on Saturday 18 December in the Belfast Waterfront offers the perfect antidote to Christmas shopping, wrapping and rushing around.

Last year’s Broadway show was a sell-out success. This new selection from some of the finest music from the world’s favourite musicals builds on that success. The concert features songs and orchestral music from award-winning Broadway shows such as Love Never Dies, Phantom of the Opera, Oliver!, Wicked, Aspects of Love, West Side Story, The King and I and more.

Conductor Gareth Hudson is no stranger to seeing his name up in lights – he has worked with many Broadway and West End stars including Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jason Donovan. He brings with him a trio of singers, all with West End credits to their names: Annalene Beechey; Grainne Renihan and Scott Davies.

So if you want to banish the winter blues and escape the Christmas rush, why not book the hottest tickets in town and celebrate all things Broadway with the Ulster Orchestra and guests? Top hats and tails are optional!

Belfast – Birth of a City, out now!

A unique new DVD telling the story of Belfast’s early history is out now. “Belfast, Birth of a City” travels through 8,000 years, exploring how the second largest city on the island of Ireland has developed from an ancient ford over the river Lagan.

“As far as we know, there has never been anything produced like this before,” said local historian Joe Curran. “Belfast people have a real love of history so we were surprised when we began this project to discover that no one had done this before us.”
The DVD was produced by local company, Belfast Bohemian Productions. The film’s director James Rea, and writer Joe Curran, worked for a year to put this fascinating story together. Using a combination of dramatised scenes, old photos and present day footage, Joe expertly narrates the development of Belfast from its prehistoric origins through to the beginning of the19th century and the Act of Union when Belfast was on the cusp of becoming a major city. The DVD describes Belfast’s development against the dramatic backdrop of thePlantation of Ulster, the Glorious Revolution and the United Irishman’s 1798 rebellion.
The film has a wealth of fascinating details on the lives of the early townsfolk and it also sheds light on how the streets and entries in the oldest parts of the city came to be named.
“People love to learn more about Belfast’s colourful past. For example, there is now no trace of the original Belfast Castle which was once a defensive stronghold for Norman knights guarding an ancient, strategic ford over the river Lagan. Streets such as Castle Place and Castle Lane echo the location of the old castle but this DVD actually shows what the castle probably looked like and what happened to it.”
The DVD will shortly be available in Irish and Ulster Scots. Belfast Bohemian Productions plan to produce a second DVD continuing the history of Belfast from 1801 through the Victorian period up to 1888 when it finally became a city. “We really want to encourage people to delve into the history of the city. The DVD isn’t meant to be an academic thesis but more an entertaining, informative insight into the
early development of Belfast,” he added.
The DVD is available now; from: HMV, The Wickerman, The Belfast Welcome Centre, Eason, The Ulster Historical Foundation, The Bookshop at Queens, Belfast International Airport Tourist Information Centre.
See website for further information and full details of stockists:
Email: info@belfastbohemians.com