Albert Lee, the living guitar legend, the reliable Sideman, now amazing bandleader, is set to perform at Armagh’s Market Place Theatre.

On tour with his handpicked band, he always wins new fans and gives the old loyal fans finally what they always wanted – Albert Lee as Albert Lee.

Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over his long and illustrious career. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Albert was also a member of the UK band Hogan’s Heroes, and spent many years touring with Bill Wyman’s band, the Rhythm Kings. In his fifth decade as a professional musician, Lee has risen to the ranks of the truly rare virtuosos of his time, respected on three continents and lives the professional life that most of his colleagues could only dream of. Eric Clapton has described Lee as “The ultimate virtuoso… gifted on just about every level.”

After moving to the U.S. and assimilating himself into the country music scene, Albert quickly garnered a reputation as one of the fastest guitar players in the business. He recorded a number of solo albums, and won a Grammy in 2002 for his contribution on ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’. He continues to tour today, and plays his signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar. In 2017 Albert was recognised by The Americana Music Association UK for his contribution to the genre over his long career when he was presented with the Trailblazer Award.

Albert Lee will perform for one evening only at The Market Place on Friday 4th May at 8pm. Tickets are priced £20 each, and can be booked through the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821, or online at

Tickets can be booked through the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821, or online at And to keep up-to-date with the latest news at the Market Place Theatre, you can follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( where you will find all the latest information, special offers and video previews.


Northern Ireland boasts a unique collection of irresistible places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.


4 night deal, Grove Fort, Co. Down from £210 per stay.

This three star, recently renovated farmhouse works on a self-catering basis and houses up to six people. Located on a working cattle and sheep farm between the villages of Dromara and Dromore it offers the perfect base to explore the area. Book three nights and get the fourth night half price. To book call 028 9753 2791 and quote DiscoverNI. Offer available for stays 1 April – 1 June and 1 September – 15 December.


3 Nights for price of 2, Stable House, Co. Fermanagh from £300 per stay. 

The four-star Stable House offers guests luxury self-catering accommodation and has been designed to facilitate the less able-bodied. It includes a private luxury hot tub, sauna, games room and go-karts to entertain the whole family and makes the ideal base to enjoy the wonderful sights of Fermanagh, Donegal and Sligo. To book call 028 6865 9886. Offer available until 30 June.


2 nights B&B & one Dinner, Adelphi Portrush, Co. Antrim from £99 per person sharing.

Adelphi Portrush offers much more than 28 individually designed ensuite rooms and suites with a sauna, spa and in-house treatments to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Centrally located in Portrush, this is an ideal base for exploring the town and surrounding Causeway Coast. Offer includes two nights B&B and one three-course evening meal. To book call 028 7082 5544. Offer available until 19 April 2019 (excluding holidays.)


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THE FINAL DANCE – Fund Raising for The Rainbow Project

Practice makes perfect, or at least that’s what they say.  Twenty-eight amateur dancers are practicing over the next few weeks to strut their stuff in Belfast City Hall, on Saturday 19th May.

By kind permission of the Rt Hon, The Lord Mayor Cllr. Nuala McAllister, who has chosen The Rainbow Project as one of her nominated charities for this year.

The event will take place during LGBT Awareness Week which in encompasses International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).  LGBT Awareness Week will see many events take place across Northern Ireland, from family fun days to art shows, from hill walking to dancing.  Showcasing the positive contribution the LGBT community brings to Northern Ireland.

The event aims to raise funds to support The Rainbow Project’s range of mental, physical and sexual health services for LGBT people and their families across Northern Ireland. The fourteen couples will go head to head on the night to receive hopeful perfect tens from our Judges Gavin Boyd, Policy and Advocacy Manager at The Rainbow Project, Ross Anderson-Doherty, Cake Daddy and Creative Director of Cabaret Supper Club, along with Guest of Honour, Lord Mayor Cllr. Nuala McAllister.

For the first time The Rainbow Project’s director John O’Doherty will be competing as a dancer with his husband Martin. O’Doherty said: ‘I’m thrilled to be able to dance in the contest for the first time as a married man. I’m so thankful for all the dancers who are giving up their time and challenging themselves in this way. And of course we are very thankful that the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nuala McAllister has been such a supporter of The Rainbow Project during her tenure and has very kindly agreed to host us in City Hall and join us a judge on the night.’

One volunteer dancer, Aisling Twomey has said ‘I jumped at the chance to do Strictly. It was a no-brainer for me after my friends had participated in previous strictly events. Not only I am helping to support the wonderful work of The Rainbow Project by learning a new skill but it helps me personally by challenging myself to battle my nerves.  This show has all the strictly excitement about it, full on glitz and glamour!  I can’t wait to put on my sequins and dance my way to the trophy!’

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “During my year in office, I’ve strived to help make Belfast a welcoming, inclusive city for all and the work of The Rainbow Project is vital in giving a voice to so many people in our city, they consistently support, advocate for and provide vital service to the LGBT+ community. The work Rainbow do helps to make Belfast the colourful and diverse city it is.

“City Hall is a wonderful venue for this fundraising event- and I am looking forward to seeing top dancers strut their stuff to help raise money for a great charity, and I’m delighted to give them my support.”

Tickets are available now and are limited, so get yours now, while you still can

Music, literature, artists and more announced in Seamus Heaney HomePlace Summer Programme

This Summer, Seamus Heaney HomePlace will continue to play host to a wide variety of artists and authors in the 191 capacity space, The Helicon.

World renowned pianist, Barry Douglas opens the new summer programme in May at HomePlace as he performs a selection of pieces from Schubert, whose work featured in Seamus Heaney’s choices for Desert Island Discs.

The Ulster Orchestra makes a very welcome return to The Helicon alongside a wide variety of musical performers including the legendary Kieran Goss, the father and daughter duo Eliza and Martin Carthy and soulful Declan O’Rourke.

Opening June with a more literary focus, Crime writer and former tabloid reporter Val McDermid will be in conversation with Declan Burke and later in the programme Emily Wilson will be in conversation with Dr Martine Cuypers to discuss her critically acclaimed version of The Odyssey, a poem about violence and the aftermath of war.

Debuting at HomePlace will be Andrew Motion, distinguished former poet laureate, as he discusses his new collection Essex Clay. The three new fellows from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s will also make their first visit to HomePlace – Peter Wilson (who performs as Duke Special), Jo Baker and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

This programme not only reflects on local born talent but also reaches a national and international dimension with a group of Santa Barbara’s Poets Laureate visiting in July, while the amazing Indian poet, journalist and dancer, Tishani Doshi, will be performing in June.

Coming to the end of this season’s programme, visitors will experience ‘About The Place’ – a series of events inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats, combining music, conversation, books and theatre. An opportunity for a unique poetry experience will be available at the “Poetry Brunch”. The audience will be transported to a secret location in the landscape surrounding HomePlace for a special afternoon of poetry readings and music.

Tickets are now available for the summer programme at or call the box office on 02879387444.

Unleash your Inner Artist at Arts Night At The Museum!

Unleash your inner artist at North Down Museum, Bangor on Friday 20 April when the museum once again opens its doors for a very special art event – Arts Night At The Museum.

Little artists Vaclav Madsen, Hanna Madsen, Ruairi Hanlon and Erika Madsen get in some artistic practice ahead of Arts Night At The Museum which is taking place at North Down Museum on Friday 20 April.

Now in its third year, Arts Night is back giving everyone the opportunity to experience a whole range of art activities – visitors can expect everything from sketching to clay work or just sit back and listen to some music!

The historic museum building will be filled with art to experience, participate in or observe at this fun event for the whole family. From the Viking Room to the café, come and explore the museum in a different way!

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts Officer, Patricia Hamilton, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Arts Night at the Museum once again. This is a fantastic event which allows people to experience and try out all kinds of art activities. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the range of activities on offer so we would encourage everyone to come along and join in the fun.”

People are invited to be the artist, whether guided by professional artists, or by taking part in art activities. The event is an excellent opportunity to explore your own creativity whilst interacting with artists. While you’re there, don’t forget to browse the museum’s many current exhibitions.

Admission is free for this event and for all activities. The café will be open on the evening, and there will be some great live music to add to the vibrant atmosphere.  The event runs from 6pm to 9pm.  Find information on or 028 9127 1200


Watoto Children’s Choir to make May Day extra Merry

Holywood’s annual May Day event on Monday 7 May will resound with music and dance thanks to some very special guests, the Watoto Children’s Choir.

The Ugandan choir will brighten the town centre with their vibrant performance during the afternoon of the day-long event.  Holywood is one stop on the Choir’s 12 day tour of Northern Ireland.

Each child in the Watoto Children’s Choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents and now lives in a Watoto village.  The Choir has travelled the world, taking the opportunity to share the children’s’ talents and their plight with enthralled audiences; Ards and North Down Borough Council is delighted to welcome the choir to Holywood.

This year Merry May Day has an enchanting spring and floral theme and although Watoto Children’s Choir is a highlight, the full day programme offers fun for all ages.  Bringing the spring theme to life, Floris the mystical flower nymph will be gliding through the crowds in her beautifully adorned globe – this captivating display will be a first for Northern Ireland!

Working in partnership with Holywood District Community Council, the event will see a number of much loved favourites returning: the crowning of the May Queen, the Bonny Baby competition and of course the fancy dress competition, which always sees fantastic displays of effort. This year children are invited to come along as mini Kings and Queens, Super Heroes and their favourite storybook characters.

Local school children will be taking part in choreographed dancing around Ireland’s only maypole and for any little ones inspired to do their own dance, ‘Jump, Jiggle and Jive’ will be on hand with their mini maypole and exciting games, plus so much more that is sure to entertain the whole family.

Edible treats and those who love a bargain will enjoy the market and stalls on offer in the town, housed between the wonderful eateries and boutiques that Holywood has to offer.

This free event is the perfect way to spend the day so make it Holywood this May Day, 10am-4pm.

More details on Merry May Day can be found on, or call 028 9127 0069.


The MAC is premiere venue for Lindsay Seers’ major new touring exhibition, Every Thought There Ever Was

New Exhibition – Lindsay Seers – Every Thought There Ever Was

4 May – 29 July 2018

The MAC are delighted to be the first venue for Every Thought There Ever Was, a major new touring exhibition by artist Lindsay Seers. Through digital animation, special effects, drawing and sound design, Every Thought There Ever Was explores the extraordinary brain functioning that occurs in the condition of schizophrenia. Incorporating industrial robotics in conjunction with a three-screen video projection, the work is shaped by philosophical ideas and scientific research concerned with the phenomenon of consciousness.

The work draws on an experimental treatment known as Avatar Therapy, in which those living with schizophrenia can speak to their persecutors in a digital world. Guided by first person accounts and a collaborative drawing exchange, Seers’ work has been shaped by conversations with scientific partners including Anil Seth at The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and Chris Frith, Emeritus and Professor of Neuropsychology, UCL to explore the current studies and thinking on the condition.

Pursuing her on-going fascination with how an individual’s biography embodies history, Seers takes Victorian surgeon James Miranda Barry as her narrator. Barry transcends time through a connection with the offspring she gave life to, by performing a ground-breaking emergency Caesarean section operation. Barry’s future life sees her manifest as an Avatar with an ability to cure.

Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator at the MAC says: “This major new work is the result of extensive research with leading practitioners who are working to develop new treatments for and understanding of schizophrenia.  Into this research Lindsay weaves the experiences of those living with the condition and presents us with a powerful, compelling and complex work”.

The exhibition will premiere at the MAC, Belfast from May 4th to July 29th, 2018. Following this it will tour to Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea, from September 8th to December 23rd, 2018.  In 2019 it will tour to Hospitalfield and in 2020 to John Hansard Gallery.

Every Thought There Ever Was is supported by Wellcome and is co-commissioned by Matt’s Gallery, London; The MAC, Belfast; Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea; Hospitalfield, Arbroath; and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

This exhibition has been supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Bart Players are delighted to present Richard Bean’s gloriously funny One Man, Two Guvnors this Friday and Saturday at Warrenpoint Town Hall. Out of work, and permanently ravenous, Francis becomes minder to Roscoe, an East End hood. But, Roscoe is in fact Rachel, Roscoe’s sister posing as her own dead brother, killed by her boyfriend Stanley. (Got it? Good!)


Join puppets Wendy & Will Wonder at the Market Place Theatre this Saturday morning for a session jam packed with singing, signing, games, stories, activities as well as craft for you to take home. Parents will enjoy participating with, and observing their wee wonder as they enter the exciting world of imaginative play and discovery.


Join Geopark staff this Sunday 22nd April for a guided walk of Cuilcagh Hikers trail. Starting the walk over Legacurragh where extensive areas of limestone are concealed by blanket bog. The guide will bring you across the bog land for approximately 4km towards Cuilcagh as it looms on the Horizon. A vigorous, steep ascent through blanket bog, heather and boulders leads you to the summit cairn.  Booking essential.


Multi award winning singer songwriter Kaz Hawkins, is launching her new solo career with an Irish Tour, with special guest Sam York on piano and as her support act.  You can see Kaz perform live on stage this Saturday 21st April at the Bardic Theatre Donaghmore. Show begins at 8.00pm and tickets are only £15.


Dara O’Briain performs his set, Voice of Reason, this weekend at the Millennium Forum from the 19th to the 22nd April.  Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robotwars and Go8Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018..


Made in Liverpool, Beatles Tribute Band, are resident at the world famous Cavern Club Liverpool from where The Beatles shot to fame, their show … A Night at The Cavern is a must see for any Beatles fan.  Uniquely and unlike other Beatles tributes Made in Liverpool are resident in the very place where pop/rock history’s greatest band were discovered and you can see them perform this Friday 20th April at the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey.


Treat yourself to an afternoon of luxury at the Fashion Show and Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Merchant Hotel this Saturday afternoon The Rita Duffy Suite at The Merchant Hotel.  Guests can enjoy a fashion show whilst sipping on a glass of Champagne and savouring The Merchant Hotel’s famous Afternoon Tea. You will also have the chance to shop the Tahlia Leather range after the show and take home a luxury goodie bag.

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The North Armagh Off Road Section promotion of the opening round of the 2018 Maxxis British Sidecarcross Championship, supported by Lisburn Bitmac & Asphalt, has been given an International boost by the late entry of Dutch Crew Joarno van den Boomen & Kenny van Gaalens, multi European OMBA Champion and a top ten World Championship crew.


Van Boomen has finished as high a fourth in Grands Prix, and his experienced passenger has crewed Koel Hermans and 10 time World Champion Daniel Willemsen at World Championship level.


Their R2R WSP KTM 600 will be an unusual specification for the British Championship as this will be the only right hand chair in the race, but this crew are used to running with left & right hand chairs as this is common in the World Championships.


They will face tough opposition with 18 times British Champion Stuart Brown heading the entry with Joe Millard on board the AMS engine WSP, a change from his usual Zabel two stroke.


Another regular GP runner is Brett Wilkinson and his passenger Dan Chamberlain, mounted on their usual Zabel 700 two stroke WSP, the runner up for the past few years will be hoping for a better day this year in the sand of Desertmartin as he had some bad starts last year.


Local interest centres on Lisburn crews Gary Moulds with new passenger Niki Adair on their CMV AMS 665 supported by local Hillsborough firm Grahams Fit Out, Gary of course, made his debut win here last year with GP passenger Steve Kirwin on board, but new passenger Niki Adair has stepped manfully into the chair, and they currently lie second in the Ulster & Irish Championships although lack of practice over the wet winter may hamper their performance.


Their perennial rival, multi Ulster Champion Neil Campbell with English passenger Craig Parmenter on board will be hoping to repeat Gary’s local win last year, and with 91 Ulster & Irish wins, and an unbeaten run so far, this could be their year on the Lewis Tower Cranes entered, WSP &00 Zabel.


The starts will be crucial over the three races, and there is lots of local talent in the field to make it interesting for the spectators with the Ingram cousins Geoff & David, our only female driver Emma Moulds with her new passenger Alan Gardner and Dean Faulkner & Gordon Ringland all out to use their local knowledge against some of the best in the World.


Racing starts at 11.00 with practice and qualifying from 0900, and Desertmartin Motocross circuit is off the main Desertmartin to Maghera main road and will be signposted,  entry is only £5.00 for a day of top class entertainment.


Northern Ireland boasts a unique collection of irresistible places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.


Spectacular Spring Stays, Stormont Hotel, Belfast from £60 per person sharing.

Treat yourself to a spectacular seasonal break at the four-star Stormont Hotel. Located in the suburbs of Belfast it is ideally located to explore many of the top tourist attractions the city has to offer. Offer includes luxury overnight accommodation, a seasonal cocktail on arrival and full Irish breakfast. To book call 9065 1066. Offer available until 31 May 2018.


Spectacular Spring at Everglades Hotel, Derry~Londonderry from £55 per person sharing.

Spring is the perfect time to escape from it all with a luxurious break at the four-star Everglades Hotel. Overlooking the River Foyle with views across to the hills of Donegal, the hotel provides a bright and comfortable welcome whilst being ideally located only a five minute drive from the bustling, historic and dynamic city centre. Offer includes luxury overnight accommodation, a welcome cocktail on arrival and full Irish breakfast. To book call 7132 1066. Offer available until 31 May.


Hello Spring, Corick House Hotel & Spa, Co. Tyrone from £85 per person sharing.

The four star Corick House Hotel and Spa brings you back in time with period style, where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with breath-taking views of the Clogher valleys and mountains. Relax and unwind with this package which includes one-night bed and breakfast accommodation, sparkling wine and strawberries on arrival, use of the spa with choice of one 25 minute treatment and a one-course dinner. Choice of spa treatment includes back massage, mini facial, or scalp, neck and shoulder massage. To book call 8554 8216. Offer available until 31 May.


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