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Music lovers have two fantastic reasons to visit Newcastle this weekend as the Newcastle Summer Season entertainment programme presents the Brigid O’Neill Band with Special Guests



with Special Guests on Friday 17 July at 8pm, and The Diamond Experience tribute to Neil Diamond on Saturday 18 July at 8pm.

On Friday 17 July the Newcastle Summer Season is delighted to welcome CountyDown singer/songwriter Brigid O’Neill and her band to the Newcastle Centre stage. Described, as ‘a distinctive voice with sweet effortless vocals’ (Creative Voice NI), Brigid will be performing a mix of country blues and folk with a delicious dash of jazz.
Riding the crest of a wave following the launch of her acclaimed new EP, Arrivals and Departures, and festival performances including the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, this show will see Brigid performing with a 5-piece band of top class musicians. As well as Brigid’s own heartfelt, strongly crafted songs, for which she has been steadily building her own fan base, she will be putting her own twist on some classics from the Great American Song Book, and the best of Americana from favourite singers such as Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.
Perfect music for a sunny summer evening!
On Saturday 18 July one of the best live tribute bands in the province will entertain Newcastle audiences. Next to seeing the man himself, The Diamond Experience is the best way to enjoy the magic of Neil Diamond’s music. This fully live musical production features all the top hits from his best-selling albums, as well as songs from his latest release, Melody Road. Adam McDonald fronts this spectacular show in his tribute to Neil Diamond. Adam has been lead vocalist for several top bands during his career and has a friendly relaxed style that always goes down well with the audience. The show includes favourites includingSweet Caroline,Cracklin’ Rose, I Am I Said and America, and the beautiful duet, You Don’t bring Me Flowers.

Don’t forget, on Saturday 18 July at 1pm and 2.30pm, circus performers The Sharp Dressed Men will be on the promenade in Newcastle entertaining families with their double-act of dangerous juggling, high flung Diablo tricks, thundering whip cracking and a fiery finale.


On Sunday 19 July from 3pm - 5pm the Bailies Mills Accordion Orchestra will provide beautiful music on the promenade outside the Newcastle Centre.


For a full list of all the entertainment in Newcastle this summer please pick up a Summer Season brochure. For further information and to buy tickets (Brigid O’Neill & Diamond Experience tickets £12 / £10, circus and band performances are free), contact Down Arts Centre on 028 4461 0747 or Newcastle Visitor Information Centre on 028 4372 2222. Full programme details are also available online at www.downartscentre.com


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