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The Great Northern Songbook at the Ulster Hall

One of the finest venues on this here island has to be the Ulster Hall in Belfast. I’ve seen some great shows there over the years – I remember The Waterboys playing a stunner back there when I was a …

Wed, Apr 4, 2012, 13:17

   

One of the finest venues on this here island has to be the Ulster Hall in Belfast. I’ve seen some great shows there over the years – I remember The Waterboys playing a stunner back there when I was a lad – and I’m sure Belfast gig-goers have their own memories of the beautiful venue on Bedford Street.

To mark 150 years of shows at the Ulster Hall, BBC Radio Ulster are running a special gig at the venue on May 24. 10 acts including And So I Watch You From Afar, Cara Dillon, Boxcutter, The Answer, General Fiasco, RAM’S Pocket Radio, Brian Kennedy, Katharine Philippa and others will play on the night. The plan is that they’ll play one of their tunes plus one from the list of songs which BBC Radio Ulster listeners have selected as their favourite Northern Irish compositions.

The show will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster but tickets are now available for the event via a lottery here.

Anyone care to guess what songs have made the cut of top Northern Irish tunes? “Alternative Ulster”? “Teenage Kicks”? “Screamager”? “Chasing Cars”? “Shining Light”?