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Irish Sea Sessions 2011 - Belfast Mountains

Alan Burke sings a stunning version of this 200+ year old broadside ballad, that links Cheshire and Belfast’s Black Mountain, and includes a new verse especially for Irish Sea Sessions 2011. Followed by a set of tunes: The Mist Covered Mountain, Dara Murphy’s and Munster Buttermilk.

With the atmosphere and attitude of a session, but in a concert hall, The Irish Sea Sessions 2011 returned to build on the success of last year’s event – one reviewer gave it 15 out of 10! Part super-group, part colossal session and part festival, all in a single gig, the Irish Sea Sessions was voted Best Folk/Roots Event of the Year by Liverpool Daily Post readers in 2010.

The 2011 line up included top contemporary music stars and some of the finest traditional musicians from Liverpool and Ireland.

Under the musical direction of Bernard O'Neil (Syriana, Quicksilver, Sinead O'Connor, June Tabor) the line up included singers Damien Dempsey,  Alan Burke,   Niamh Parsons, Jennifer John and Ian Prowse alongside Gino Lupari on bodhran Terry Clarke Coyne on flutes and whistles, button accordionist, Dave Munnelly,  piper John McSherry, fiddler Meabh O'Hare, guitarist Graham Dunnebanjo-player Stevie Dunne and sean-nós dancer Mary McGuiggan.