This week sees the return of a special week of events celebrating Belfast’s special link with Nashville, a link that goes back over 20 years. That connection has  evolved to include music, cultural and educational exchanges,  tourism and business development in both cities.

Below is a list of whats going on, where and when!


Wednesday 12th June


Explore your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors 
Monday 10 – Saturday 15 June 
Ulster Historical Foundation, 
31 Gordon Street, 

This is the perfect first step towards research success for budding family history researchers and genealogists. Spend three days learning from experts and delving into the Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) archives, followed by three days of tours or assisted research in PRONI – the choice is yours! Course fee applies For more information visit


Andrew Jackson: the first Scotch-Irish President 
Wednesday 12 June 
12.30pm – 1.30pm 
Discover Ulster Scots Centre, 
1-9 Victoria Street, 

Come along to the launch of a new touring exhibition by the Ulster Scots Agency on the life and times of Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States and Nashville’s most famous son. Jackson, whose parents journeyed to America from Boneybefore outside Carrickfergus, was the first of 20 US Presidents with roots in Ulster. Admission: Free For more information call 028 9023 1113


Summer in the Sister City 
Wednesday 12 June 
6pm – 8pm 
St Anne’s Square, 

8pm – 9pm 
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 
15-21 Gordon Street, 

Tickle your taste buds with some great Tennessean food at St. Anne’s Square and enjoy live music performances right around the corner in the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Cathedral Quarter. Experience Belfast and NI produce, married with some of Nashville’s favourite dishes – a true Sister City collaboration. Taste the real deal! Admission: Free to St Anne’s Square. Food available to buy. £5 admission to Oh Yeah Music Centre, includes a Nashville dessert. For more information visit

The Country and Gospel Show 
Wednesday 12 June 
8pm – 11pm 
Belfast Waterfront, 
2 Lanyon Place, 

Join six of Ireland’s top country music stars Billy McFarland, Crawford Bell, Curtis Magee, Mick Flavin, Owen Mac and Robert Mizzell for a magical night of country and classic gospel music. Tickets: £25

Clara and Haakon 
Wednesday 12 June 
8pm – midnight 
The American Bar, 
65 Dock Street, 
BT15 1LF

Clara and Haakon are an old-time and country and western duo from Floyd, Virginia influenced by a wide range of traditional music, making their performance a colourful platter of ballads, instrumentals, yodels, sea shanties and country songs. Admission: £10 at door For more information call 028 9074 3964 or visit



The Nashville Experience at Deane’s 
Thursday 13 June 
5pm – 10pm

Deane’s Meatlocker, 
28-40 Howard Street, 

Deane’s Love Fish, 
Howard Street, 

Deane’s Deli Vin Café, 
44 Bedford Street, 

For one night only, Deane’s Meatlocker, Deane’s Love Fish and Deane’s Deli Vin Café and Bistro will all be offering Tennessean themed dishes to celebrate Nashville in Belfast and our Sister City ties. For bookings go to


Jessica Pearson and the East Wind 
Thursday 13 June 
8pm – 11pm 
The American Bar, 
65 Dock Street, 
BT15 1LF

Canadian born storyteller Jessica Pearson has a voice like melting honey on a summer’s eve. Accompanied by the melodic bowing of Pat Bigelow on the stand up bass and sweet fiddle playing by Maddy O’Regan, The East Wind’s debut EP ‘Grave and Garden Songs’ blends folk, roots and East Coast bluegrass. Tickets: £10 at door For more information call 028 9074 3964 or visit


Sister City Summer Songwriters’ Symposium 
Thursday 13 – Friday 14 June 
10am – 4pm 
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 
15-21 Gordon Street, 

Learn from and progress your songwriting skills with Grammy nominated folk musician and songwriter John McCutcheon and NI music legend Tommy Sands on this two day intensive songwriting workshop. Tickets: £75 Cost includes workshop tuition, songwriting collaboration and admission to the Sisters in Song performance on Friday 14 June. Book online at



Other Voices Belfast 
Friday 14 – Saturday 15 June 
The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, 
Duncairn Avenue, 
BT14 6BP

Acclaimed arts festival and TV series Other Voices makes a welcome return to Belfast. This marquee event will feature sets from some of the most exciting and internationally renowned performers on today’s music scene. The weekend will also include workshops, advice clinics and mentoring sessions for aspiring young musicians. Admission: Free


Sisters in Song 
Friday 14 June, 
7pm – 9.30pm 
Oh Yeah Music Centre, 
15-21 Gordon Street, 

An inside look into the world of songwriting…up close and personal. Join us for a series of intimate musical performances featuring work created by our symposium musicians, hosted by international artists John McCutcheon and Tommy Sands. Tickets: £10. Free admission for symposium musicians. Book online at


The Rising, Niamh McGlinchey, Katee Kross and The Amberjax 
Friday 14 June, 
8pm – 11.45pm 
The Belfast Barge, 
1 Lanyon Quay, 

The Rising, Niamh McGlinchey, Katee Kross and The Amberjax showcase brand new contemporary country music. Performing original songs, all three artists will present their unique take on the music of Nashville that has inspired them. Tickets: £8 Book online at


Fountain Folk Session 
Friday 14 June 
9pm – midnight 
The Fountain Bar, 
16-20 Fountain Street, 

Join us for an evening of traditional and contemporary folk music and song. Admission: Free



‘The Country Bears’ Film and Music Workshop 
Saturday 15 June 
12noon – 1.25pm (film) 
1.25pm – 2.25pm (workshop) 
Strand Arts Centre, 
152-154 Holywood Road, 

Bring your teddy bear along for a special free screening of the 2002 American family musical comedy ‘The Country Bears’ (Cert.U) produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Booking advised. Then at 1.25pm join in a kids’ Nashville music workshop with Dan Leith. This event is suitable for children 5years+ Tickets for children’s workshop £3, accompanying adults go free. To book, go to


John T Davis: Heart On The Line 
Saturday 15 June 
4pm – 6pm 
Queen’s Film Theatre, 
20 University Square, 

Spend an afternoon in the company of John T. Davis, internationally recognised documentary filmmaker from Holywood, Co Down (best known for ShellShock Rock which explores NI’s 70’s punk music scene). John’s long fascination with the American West is reflected in his acclaimed road film Route 66. Heart on the Line chronicles the lives and dreams of preachers, hobos and Nashville songwriters. John T. Davis is also an accomplished singer songwriter who regularly performs in Belfast with his band the Skyranch Boys. The screening of Heart On The Line will be followed by a short musical performance – one you won’t want to miss! Tickets: £5.50 Book online at


The Last Supper and Songfest 
Saturday 15 June 
6.30pm – 7pm Cocktails and appetisers 
7pm – 8pm Dinner 
8pm – 10pm Concert 
St Anne’s Cathedral 
Donegall Street, 

We welcome you to share this Nashville in Belfast 2019 evening together in a place where we “enter as strangers, leave as friends.” Enjoy Tennessean food by Monell’s owner Michael King, served family style at communal tables. Complete this unique evening with music from Grammy nominated John McCutcheon and Northern Ireland’s Tommy Sands, to remind us of our Sister Cities bond. Filming may take place during this event. Tickets: £42 (Meal and concert) £30 (Concert only – only available on concert day)


Sing! Belfast 
Saturday 15 June 
7.30pm (Doors open at 6.30pm) 
SSE Arena, 
2 Queen’s Quay, 

Join Keith and Kristyn Getty and friends accompanied by the New Irish Choir and Orchestra. The Gettys are joined by their band of virtuosic instrumentalists, fusing celtic, bluegrass, americana, modern and classical music along with cultural dance. An evening that unites tradition and innovation. Tickets: £19 – £49 To reserve your seats, call the Box Office on 028 9073 9074 MondayFriday: 10am – 6pm, Saturday: 10am – 3pm, Sunday: Closed. Special group offer: £5 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more.



Nashville in Belfast Cookery Demos 
Sunday 16 June 
10.30am and 1.30pm 
St George’s Market, 
12-20 East Bridge Street,

Watch Nashville chef Michael King (owner of Monell’s) cook up some of his famous Southern Fried Chicken at St George’s Sunday market. Learn about the key ingredients and components to authentic Tennessean cooking – and get a taste for it! Admission: Free For more information visit


Emma Wallace and Friends ‘In the round’ 
Sunday 16 June 8pm 
The Sunflower Pub, 
65 Union Street, 

Join Belfast singer songwriter Emma Wallace in a night of original music and storytelling with some of Ireland and the UK’s best songwriters. A Nashville style ‘in the round’ format – in association with Slice Audio. Tickets: £10 Book online at